MSBI PowerPivot Tweet Chat

MSBI PowerPivot Tweet Chat

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In support of the The MSBI Data MashUp contest, we are holding a tweet chat for PowerPivot!  The tweet chat will be taking place Tuesday September 13 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM PST and we want you to be a part of the conversation!  Chat with our product team and ask them the questions you want to know about PowerPivot!

Joining us to answer your questions will be Pej Javaheri (@ironpej), and Kasper de Jonge (@Kjonge).  Our topics include:

The tweet chat hash tag will be #MSBIPP.  We will be leading off with an overview of PowerPivot and then opening up the conversation to participants.  Other topics will include:

  • Favorite features of PowerPivot
  • How are you using PowerPivot
  • Data MashUp Contest questions
  • Great ideas for tools using PowerPivot
  • Questions you as a participant have for the product team
  • What’s your favorite blog for PowerPivot

Not sure how to participate?  Here’s a quick overview:

The Basics:

Here’s the basic info you need to know about participating in a Tweet chat.

  • To participate in a Tweet chat, you must be a Twitter user. If you aren’t a Twitter user, sign up at
  • Tweet chats use hashtags. A hashtag is a way to track a specific topic or event on Twitter. Hashtags begin with the hashmark (or pound) symbol (#) and incorporate a word or series of words with no spaces. Examples of hashtags are #MSBI,  #SQLDenali, etc. In the case of our tweetchat, the hashtag is #MSBIPP.
  • Tweet chats are  scheduled on specific days and times. The MSBI PowerPivot Tweet Chat will be on Tuesday, September 13, from 9:30 – 10:30 AM PST.
  • Tweet chats are run by moderators who keep the conversation moving forward. In the typical tweet chat, a moderator asks questions for the group to answer during the chat. For this tweet chat, the Twitter handle @MicrosoftBI will be the moderator.
  • We need your participation for this to be a success!

How to Participate:

Follow these step-by-step instructions to participate in your first chat.

  1. At the scheduled chat time, log onto (or or any tweet chat tool you like) using your twitter name and password. Enter the hashtag at the top of the screen. In our case, the chat is on September 13, 2011 at 9:30 AM PST, and the hashtag is #MSBIPP.
  2. Let your followers know you will be participating in a chat, then introduce yourself or wait for the chat to begin. The moderator will start the conversation by asking a question in all caps. Here’s an example: Q1– WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FEATURE OF POWERPIVOT? #MSBIPP
  3. When you answer questions, make sure you notate which question you are answering. For example: A1 – I love the slicer capabilities #MSBIPP
  4. Remember to add the chat hashtag (#MSBIPP) to the end of your tweets. A tool like will automatically do this for you.
  5. Don’t be afraid to add your thoughts to the topic or to ask follow-up questions. As long as your questions are on topic, they are welcome during the tweet chat.
  6. Get to know the rest of the community. As you start participating in the tweet chat, if you find some of the participants to be interesting, insightful, or helpful, be sure to add these people to the list of Twitter users you follow. This is a great opportunity to learn from people who share your same interests.

We hope to see you there!  Please spread the word and let us know in the comments section below if you have any questions ahead of time!

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