Point Out - a Twitter Client For Powerpoint

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  • !pic #PointOut - a Twitter client for Powerpoint
  • !msg #PointOut - Imagine you are preparing your presentation. You do your research, create your slides, write your speech.
  • !msg #PointOut - Then after your presentation you check whether it has made an impact. !pic #PointOut - ….No results …… - What happened ???
  • !pic #PointOut – In general people are lazy
  • !pic #PointOut allows you to send message and slides to Twitter while you are presenting. !msg #PointOut - It’s all about the Seeding and Feeding of the “Backchannel” !msg #PointOut - Backchannel : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backchannel
  • !pic #PointOut - Use case : Presenting at a conference !msg #PointOut - Twitter & Google Wave during conferences http://blog.freshnetworks.com/2009/11/google-wave-vs-twitter-at-conferences/ !msg Using #PointOut in the social/new media has similarities with a Press Release in the traditional Media
  • !pic #PointOut - Use case : Education !msg #PointOut – Your opinion please : Is Twitter the right tool for a backchannel in an Education setting ?
  • !pic #PointOut is build as a Microsoft Powerpoint Add-in
  • !pic #PointOut When starting it will ask you for your Twitter Username, Password and standard hashtag.
  • !pic #PointOut commands are in the speaker notes of the presentation. !msg #PointOut has 3 commands !msg, !pic and !split !msg #PointOut !msg <message> tweets the message !msg #PointOut !pic <message> uploads a picture of the current slide to mobypicture.com, and tweets the message !msg #PointOut !split is a marker to indicate any command after the split will be send just before the next slide
  • !pic #PointOut sample screen
  • !msg It is also possible to run #PointOut in dry-run mode where you can check if your messaeg do not exceed 140 char
  • !pic Current Status of #PointOut !split !msg #PointOut – Question: Any suggestions on where to post the sources ?
  • !pic Integration of #PointOut with Google Wave
  • !pic #PointOut – Google Wave is still only in preview. So API changes can be expected.
  • !msg #PointOut - Similar functionality for Keynote : http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Internet-Utilities/Keynote-Tweet.shtml !msg #PointOut - Alternative using Powerpoint and Flash http://www.sapweb20.com/blog/powerpoint-twitter-tools/
  • !msg #PointOut - Thanks for your attention any feedback is welcome either in person or via Twitter.
  • Point Out - a Twitter Client For Powerpoint

    1. 1. PointOut - a Twitter client for Powerpoint
    2. 2. flickr.com/photos/hermes-/ hermés
    3. 3. flickr.com/photos/hiddedevries/ hiddedevries
    4. 5. Problem Statement <ul><li>In general people are lazy </li></ul><ul><li>A retweet is more likely than tweeting something insightful. </li></ul><ul><li>As a presenter it is your job to get the message out rather than pushing people to be creative. </li></ul>flickr.com/photos/latente/
    5. 6. PointOut <ul><li>Allows you to send messages and slides to Twitter while you are presenting </li></ul><ul><li>It allows for the presenter to keep the conversation on topic by providing information to the “Backchannel” </li></ul><ul><li>Bloggers, Micro-Bloggers and audience is easily able to use or re-use (RT) this information. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s all about the Seeding and Feeding of the “Backchannel” </li></ul><ul><li>Backchannel : http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backchannel </li></ul>
    6. 7. Use Case - Conference <ul><li>Present your slides and keep the on-line conversation on topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Share additional information not shown in your live slides. </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet your key quotes and statements directly and accurately </li></ul><ul><li>Allow people not physically present at the conference follow the presentation and online discussion. </li></ul><ul><li>Comparable to using a Press Release in traditional Media </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter and Google Wave during conferences http://blog.freshnetworks.com/2009/11/google-wave-vs-twitter-at-conferences/ </li></ul>flickr.com/photos/gsfc/ gsfc
    7. 8. Use Case - Education <ul><li>Share the slides and background material during the classes </li></ul><ul><li>Allow students to comment, raise questions or discuss material online </li></ul><ul><li>Allow students who have missed the class, to catch up online, and follow the discussion </li></ul>flickr.com/photos/olpc/ olpc
    8. 9. <ul><li>Enough Already </li></ul><ul><li>SHOW ME </li></ul>
    9. 10. PointOut is build as a Microsoft Powerpoint Add-in
    10. 14. Commands <ul><li>Commands are placed in the speaker notes of the presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>!msg <message> : Tweets the message </li></ul><ul><li>!pic <message> : uploads a picture of the current slide to mobypicture.com and tweets the message </li></ul><ul><li>!split : Any command before the split is executed at the beginning of the slide, any command after the split is executed just before advancing to the next slide </li></ul>
    11. 18. Current status of PointOut <ul><li>First draft demo-ready </li></ul><ul><li>Issues with the lag in posting images, holding up the presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Issues with the lag from Mobypicture posting to Twitter resulting in messages and images being in the wrong order. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently has issues posting images using Powerpoint 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Planning to release it to the world within the next few weeks. </li></ul>
    12. 19. Integration with Google Wave <ul><li>The lifespan of a tweet is very short. (Tweets older than 1 day are very unlikely to be viewed) </li></ul><ul><li>Grouping of tweets through hashtags may not guarantee completeness </li></ul><ul><li>Spamming of popular hashtags becomes a bigger problem by the day. </li></ul><ul><li>Google Wave would be able to address at least some of these issues. </li></ul>
    13. 20. I tried….. <ul><li>But failed to integrate PointOut with Google Wave. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>API not very stable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>cron not working </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>not possible to access waves from the outside </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>API bug preventing Google Wave robots from posting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Java skills are not great </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing this robot for Google Wave was my first real introduction to Java. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 21. Alternative tools <ul><li>A similar tool exists for Apple user on Keynote called Keynote-Tweet ( http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Internet-Utilities/Keynote-Tweet.shtml ) </li></ul><ul><li>Someone has also created a number of tools for using Twitter during your presentation, however it does not have the image upload capability. ( http://www.sapweb20.com/blog/powerpoint-twitter-tools/ ) </li></ul>
    15. 22. Feedback <ul><li>Any feedback is welcome either in person or via Twitter. </li></ul>

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