Teams Real Simple with Pictures – Deploying Connectors to deliver Twitter and Yammer content to the Team

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Written: 19/07/2019 | Updated: N/A

With Teams, we have a number of things we can do to keep our Team up to date. This includes group chats, conversations in channels, meetings, notifications, mentions, and adding content to the Wiki. Another way is by leveraging what are called connectors to deliver content from apps such as Twitter and Yammer into the conversation tab of the Team channel. Twitter, for example, is used by millions for posting and interacting with messages. Yammer is an enterprise social networking service for broadcasting one to many communications within the business. Both are places users and organisations post news and status updates first. Now, the benefit of setting up connectors to Twitter and Yammer is that members of the Team no longer have to scour them and jump around between all these different Twitter pages and Yammer groups to get the updates they need – we can simply bring them all into a feed! A great time saver.

WHY WOULD WE DO IT?

  • To keep members of the Team up to date
  • For multiple Team members to be able to respond quickly to the latest updates
  • To save time having to scour multiple sites for news and updates

PREREQUISITES

The following is required

  • Teams licence
  • Twitter Account (with username and password)
  • Yammer licence

Usually, Teams and Yammer licence will come within an Office 365 licence. Any member of the Team can set up a connector subject to Team permissions. To pull content from a Yammer Group, the individual who sets up the connector needs to be part of that group.

HOW

1.) Let’s take Twitter First. If you haven’t already got one, sign up to and setup a Twitter account. I have just created one here called Binchickens (#LoveBinchickens)

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2.) Back in Teams, select the ellipsis (…) of the channel that you want to pull the Twitter content into. Select Connectors

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3.) Select Add for Twitter

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4.) Select Install

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5.) Login using the credentials for your Twitter site.

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6.) Configure what content you want to bring into the Teams Channel from Twitter including posts from accounts you want to follow, posts containing hashtags, replies, mentions and retweets. You can set if the posts arrive in the channel in a digest on a recurring frequency or whether to deliver individual messages as they are posted.

Select Save once done.

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7.) Our job here is done. Post to the Twitter site to test that the content is coming through on the connector

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8.) Now Twitter is deployed, we turn our attentions to Yammer. Like Twitter, ensure that the Yammer groups that will feed into the Teams channel are setup in the Yammer. This can be checked by logging into the Microsoft 365 Portal and going to Yammer

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9.)  Back in Teams, select the ellipsis (…) of the channel that you want to pull the Yammer content into. Select Connectors

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10.) Select Add for Yammer

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11.) Select Install

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12.) Login using the credentials for Yammer (same login for Microsoft 365)

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13.) Configure what content you want to bring into the Teams Channel from Yammer including posts from groups you are a part of, specific users or keywords. You can set if the posts arrive in the channel in a digest on a recurring frequency or whether to deliver individual messages as they are posted.

Select Save once done.

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14.) Our job here is done. Post to the Group on Yammer to test that the content is coming through on the connector along with the Twitter content

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NOTES

  • Delivering individual messages options on connectors mean that they will come through around every 15 minutes
  • Connectors can be easily amended or removed via Channel > (…) > Connectors > and then Configured under the Managed menu