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How to Embed Twitter in a PowerPoint

By embedding a Twitter feed in your PowerPoint presentation, you can harness the social media buzz around your production while in the midst of your presentation. In other words, Twitter allows real-time interaction with the people hearing your presentation. Twitter uses a searching system called "hash-tagging" that allows keywords to be appended to a Twitter post. The name comes from the use of the hash symbol before the keyword; for example, "#Twitter" would be a hash-tag. You can assign a specific hash-tag and display the Tweets that contain it in real time during your PowerPoint presentation.

Download the PowerPoint add-on from SAP Web 2.0 (see Resources). Click the link for the ZIP file when it is offered.

Open the location of the download on your computer. Right-click the downloaded file and choose "Extract All." Click the "Extract" button.

Double-click "PowerPoint_Twitter_Tools.PPTX" from the extracted folder. This will launch a PowerPoint presentation with the SAP Web 2.0 Twitter tools already embedded.

Click on the fourth slide in the presentation. Press "Shift+F5" to start the presentation on that slide. Type the search term you want to return in the lower-left corner of the screen, then click "Refresh." You'll see the most recent Tweets with that term.

Copy and paste the slide into your presentation. There are other Twitter tools in the SAP Web 2.0 PowerPoint file along with instructions for all the options.

Tip

You must have Internet access when you're giving the presentation for the Twitter feed to appear. Enter the search term before you give your presentation live so it will refresh automatically.

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About the Author

James T Wood is a teacher, blogger and author. Since 2009 he has published two books and numerous articles, both online and in print. His work experience has spanned the computer world, from sales and support to training and repair. He is also an accomplished public speaker and PowerPoint presenter.