Want to show off your Web 2.0 mojo? Here's a fun way to share reports with your Twitter contacts.
First, find the report you want in the Report Manager, right-click it, and click on the Report Info context menu item.
The Report Info dialog is very handy, it gives you all the information you need to access a report without using the CUIC menus. Here, we want the "Interactive Grid Permalink":
Just copy this URL and paste it into a browser to test it. You should get right to the report. Not that you may need to tweak the URL if your server name isn't configured properly or is blank, for example you might have to add http://<SERVERNAME>/<permalink> to the front of the URL given to you here.
Once you have the permalink, it's time to shorten it to fit into Twitter's 140 character limit, as it's pretty long. Go to bit.ly
and plug the permalink in:
You'll get back a nice short URL that you can use in a tweet:
You can take this shortened URL and paste it into a Tweet, where you can share your wonderful report with your colleagues:
A couple things to note about this. The permalink used here will default to whatever display you have set up as the report's default display. If you've defaulted to grid and chart then the grid and chart will show up when you follow this link, and if you have the default display set to XSLT then the XSLT display will be shown.
The default filters for the report will be used, so make sure that you're ok with everyone seeing the report exactly as you see it.
Also note that only people who have access to the report will be able to follow the link in your tweet, everyone else will get a message saying that they don't have access to the report. They also have to be inside your firewall unless your CUIC installation is exposed to the Internet. Regardless, the user will probably need to log in before they can see the report, unless they're already logged into the network.
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