With the last update on DataPoint, you can now link your PowerPoint slides in real-time to a Facebook page. Now you can create a Facebook display page on PowerPoint to display a page’s description, address information, number of likes, check-ins, talking about and where here figures.

Establish first a link to a Facebook page, before you can put the different items on your slide. Open the DataPoint menu and click the List button of the Connections group.

datapoint menu with facebook display data integrated
Open the DataPoint Providers node and select the Facebook Page node. Then click the Add Query button.
add facebook connection to powerpoint
First click the Find button to locate the page of our interest.
facebook property page in powerpoint
Enter some words or company name or artist name at the Search Term text box. Click the Find button to launch your query against all Facebook Pages. A list of possible pages is returned and can be previewed. Look for your target page and click OK to continue with this Facebook page selection.

When you execute this for the first time, Facebook will propose to log on and ask you to share information with DataPoint for reading. Follow carefully the instructions here and allow DataPoint to access your Facebook display information. DataPoint will never post something on your Facebook wall, nor communicate Facebook information back to us, PresentationPoint. The information that you share with DataPoint is strictly confidential and for local usage only.

search for facebook page in powerpoint
The URL of the selected Facebook page is shown here. Check and change the Data refresh rate for a desired frequency. And finally, click OK to close.
facebook page settings completed
Back at the list of connections, you will now see a preview of the selected Facebook page. Click the Rename button to give a meaningful name. Click OK to close the connections.
preview of facebook data in powerpoint
Design your slide. Put a ‘like us’ message on the slide together with the URL of your Facebook page. And, more important for this purpose, put a text box on it to host the number of likes. Select this text box and click DataPoint, Text box in order to make it dynamic.
facebook page select textbox
Set the Data connection to our Facebook connection. Set the Column to likes and leave the row number at 1.

Other possible items that you can show are:

  • Name
  • Category
  • Link or URL
  • About
  • Description
  • Address information with street, city, state, country and ZIP
  • Telephone number
  • Website address
  • Year of foundation
  • Mission
  • Number of likes
  • Number of check-ins
  • Number of people talking about this page
  • Number of people that were here
link text box to facebook column
Click OK to close. Use the PowerPoint ribbon, and open the Slide Show tab. Click the Set Up Slide Show button. Set the Show Type to Browsed at a kiosk (full screen) to run in full screen and continuously.

Start the slide show and see how the number of likes increments automatically whenever a new person likes our page.

facebook page real-time facebook likes slide show

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