Display a Live Twitter Feed in PowerPoint

Displaying a live Twitter Wall in your PowerPoint presentation is a great way to interact with your audience. For example, you can use it to wrap up an event by showing what your visitors have been tweeting so far. Perhaps even better, you can put your wall on the first page of your presentation so the crowd gets motivated to tweet (and has something to look at) before your talk begins.

In case you’re not yet familiar with the concept, a Twitter wall is a tool to display live tweets. You can search based on hash tags or profile names, allowing you to focus your show on any topic of your choice. TweetBeam is a Twitter wall with a focus on generating interaction by using a unique visualization. You can give it a try by entering a topic of your choice below.

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Now that you know what a TweetBeam show looks like and why you want to display yours in your presentation, it’s time to explain how to actually do this. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Set up your TweetBeam show, by using your Twitter account to log in. After logging in, you will be able to select what hash tags/profiles to load tweets from. You can also set up words or users you want to block from your show.

  2. Find the URL of your show in your dashboard (see below). Now add the text &liveslide to the url and navigate to it. For example, if the URL of your show is http://www.tweetbeam.com/show?id=T90Go go to http://www.tweetbeam.com/show?id=T90Go&liveslide to download your Powerpoint LiveSlide.
    tweetbeam_url_location

  3. Just add the downloaded PowerPoint placeholder slide to your presentation as you would any other slide. If you don’t already have the LiveSlides add-on installed, there’s a handy link on the placeholder slide that will take care of that for you.
    liveslide

  4. Enter presentation mode (F5) to view the TweetBeam Twitter Wall in your powerpoint presentation!

As you can see, displaying a TweetBeam show in your PowerPoint presentation is surprisingly easy. Because you can load from any hash tag, the possibilities are endless. When you’re preparing for your event, be sure to contact us before using TweetBeam. In certain settings a license may be required and in any case we can help you set up your show.

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  • Jadware

    Does this work with Office 2016?

    • Brad Gessler

      According to the LiveWeb website, it doesn’t look like Office 2016 is supported (I only see a version going up to Office 2016). We built a plug-in similar to LiveWeb called LiveSlides (https://www.liveslides.com) that supports all versions of Office, including 2016. Unlike LiveWeb, LiveSlides is supported by a business, Poll Everywhere, so we’re committed to long term support on the office platform as well as the Mac (coming this quarter!)

  • Jason Franklin

    Hey Pim, this is a nice, clear, straightforward how-to.

    You might be interested in knowing that LiveWeb isn’t the only player in this game. We at LiveSlides have created a PowerPoint add-in that makes it super easy to embed a Twitter wall (any web content really) directly in PowerPoint. We even have a page specifically for integrating with TweetBeam (https://www.liveslides.com/websites/tweetbeam/).

    Just a couple steps and you’re ready to roll.