View posts and conversations in Social Engagement


Microsoft Social Engagement will be discontinued on January 16, 2020. Additionally, starting October 1, 2019, the service will no longer support Twitter as a data source. For more information, see Changes coming to Dynamics 365 Market Insights preview and Microsoft Social Engagement.

Microsoft Social Engagement provides two ways to access the list of posts that match a given data set. You can either work with the post list or with a stream, depending on your requirements and preferences.

Access posts in Analytics and Social Center

To show the post list, select Posts on the right side of any Analytics page or Activity map. Posts in the post list within Analytics don't get updated automatically. You need to refresh the page to see the latest updates. However, you'll get notified when another user changes a value of the same post that you're working on. For example, if another user already changed a sentiment value, your planned update might no longer be required.

You can also go to Social Center to access your streams and choose the stream you want to work with. If you select a post in your streams, you can expand the contents (if applicable) to read the post.

To quickly see new posts that match a predefined data set, set up a stream in Social Center. Fresh and updated posts are automatically pushed to your client, to make sure you're always on top of the information. More information: Keep track of live data streams with Social Center

In the post list, you find the posts and the main actions to work with posts. More information: Engage on social networks, Work with posts

Select Open on a post to see the single post pane showing the post's details, a full view of the contents with all available actions. You can also select the post content to bring up post details.

Post in Social Engagement with highlighted control to open the post details

The details of a post are displayed depending on the interactions from within Social Engagement. By default, posts show the single post pane, which focuses on displaying a post and its threads. The single post pane gives you access to all the content of a post and (if available) also the parent post. If there are direct interactions between an author and one of the social profiles in Social Engagement, you'll find the conversation view, which is optimized to show interactions between customers and your owned social profiles.

The posts in a post list that open a conversation view include:

See the engagement action history of a post in Social Engagement

Communicate consistently and find out whether another user has already taken action on a post that you plan to interact with.

When a user takes a publish action on a post in the Social Engagement application, this action is visible to other users as the publish history. The publish history contains the social profile along with the users who posted by using this social profile, and the time stamp, type, and published content of the action.

This helps avoid unwanted duplications. For example, if somebody on your team has already replied to a question, your planned answer might no longer be necessary.

To see the publish history on a post in Social Engagement, two prerequisites apply:

  • The post you plan to interact with has been acquired by one of the search topics.

  • Earlier interactions on this post were performed in Social Engagement.

To see posts that have engagement action history, look for posts that have a number appended to the action button.

If another user changes a value on a post you're working on, you'll be notified through the user interface that the post was refreshed and you'll see the most recent version. Make sure your planned action still makes sense when you try to perform it.

To build custom Power BI reports about how efficiently your team engages on social media, see Get the Power BI content pack for Microsoft Social Engagement.

See the conversations with an author

When you engage in a private conversation on Twitter by using a social profile in Social Engagement, these posts allow you to see the full conversation.

Conversation view of a post with several replies and direct messages

  1. Addressee of the conversation. In many cases, this is a customer requesting information or help.

  2. Owned social profiles that participate in the conversation. Team members who used the social profile to interact with an author are listed below the profile.

  3. Type of posts that are part of this conversation.

  4. Time stamp of the interaction.

To show you and your team all sent messages, the conversation view even shows you messages sent from Social Engagement that haven't yet been acquired.

Example: Say you and your colleague currently respond to customer queries on social media. When you open a conversation with a customer and answer from within Social Engagement, your colleague sees the message you just sent regardless of how quickly Social Engagement acquires this post through configured searches. As soon as that post is acquired by one of your searches, you can access the details for the post. In the conversation view, you can't perform any action on an individual post such as assigning, labeling, or tagging it. To get access to those actions, you open the single post pane for the individual post and perform your action in the post details.


The amount of information depends on the number of posts you have loaded in the conversation view. To increase the number, scroll to the bottom of the view where you can load additional posts.

Publish actions taken before mid-March 2017 are indicated with an appended star symbol Asterisk icon.

Parts of a post

On the left side of a post, you'll find a symbol that indicates the post's source, the profile picture (if available), and the name of the post's author.

In the center of the post list, you'll find the title and content of a post. Select a post to see its details. Select the Expand button Expand button next to the post's content excerpt to expand the post and read its content.

You'll find additional metadata and controls for the posts:

  • Sentiment value: See which sentiment value the application calculated for a post. You can manually update a sentiment value by selecting a different value from the drop-down list. Fragments of a post that were rated positive are highlighted in green and negative fragments are highlighted in red.

  • Remove post: Deletes the post from your solution's database.

  • Copy internal URL (Copy button): Generates an internal link to this post in Social Engagement. Copy this URL to your clipboard and share it with other users of Social Engagement to point them to a specific post.

  • Reach: This indicates the potential influence of a news source. The higher the number of an author's reach, the more likely that this is an influential author. More information: Get relevant data using filters

  • Date and time of publication: The date and time when the post was published by the author. Redirects you to the original URL where the post was found. This lets you see the post in the context of the site or social network it originated from.

  • Post location: The geographical location information (latitude/longitude) that a user shared when publishing the post (if available). More information: See the locations for the posts

  • Author location: The geographical information that a user shared on a profile (if available). More information: See the locations for the posts

  • Author details: The details about a user's Twitter profile. The author name, username, profile picture, location, website, and bio are provided if the author has been active in the last 30 days. More information: Get details on specific authors

See also

Keep track of live data streams with Social Center
Engage on social networks
Work with posts