Earlier this week Christopher Finlan put together this awesome Datazen dashboard using Plus One. Christopher has been doing a lot of cool things with Datazen so I recommend that you do like I did and subscribe to his blog. But Christopher’s cool work with Plus One inspired me to create my own Social Media dashboard using Plus One, as well.
Plus One has created this nifty little desktop application that you can download and install on your computer. Once you’ve set the app up, all you need to do is enter a search query. In my case, I wanted to see what people were doing and saying with Power BI on Twitter. Plus One can only recover the previous seven days of data, so you’ll need to periodically refresh your search or schedule the search, which you can do easily with the Plus One application.
After running the search, the results of your query are saved in an Access database on your machine in the folder C:\Users\username\Documents\Plus One Social. And then all you have to do is use Power BI Desktop to suck the data into your Power BI semantic model and then start building some awesome dashboards.
Here’s the report and dashboard I created in Power BI. I haven’t scheduled the Plus One application to refresh the data so I don’t have any trend reports yet, but I did create some snapshot visualizations to gain insights into who is talking about Power BI and in what context by analyzing the accompanying hash tags. Pretty cool stuff!
If you’d like to download the .pbix file for this Power BI model, use the link below here.
And here’s the resources:
Leave your feedback down below! I’d love to see what kind of dashboards you can come up with using Plus One so feel free to leave a comment and a link to your blog, as well!