Slideshare

The YouTube service for slides has just been launched. I’m not entirely sure of the point of it, since one can post a powerpoint slide show on a web in ppt and it will be indexed by Google for the words (and for all I know the images) in it. So it can be found and viewed – in fact in rather better condition than the software available on this site. But anyway . . . for your interest. HT Clay Shirky

PS. I guess it would enable one to embed someone else’s slide show.

PPS. I couldn’t find out how to embed slides on another side.  And I tried to download a set of slides, but it required me to register and it wasn’t letting me do that . . .  I guess Rome wasn’t built in a day. . . . (sighs and mutterings).

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Andrew
Andrew
13 years ago

Probably the thing that makes it interesting is uploading audio with the slides. A “webinar” as they call it (ugh). Slides alone often aren’t enough. I’ve seen lots of good presentations where the slides wouldn’t make much sense alone, but with audio of the speaker they would. In fact, if the slides are comprehensible without any other materials then they probably make for a boring presentation: if the slides tell you all you need to know, just email the slides and don’t waste time speaking out loud!

I suppose independence from powerpoint is also vaguely interesting (not everyone uses Windows let alone MS Office, plus PPT files are notorious for not displaying as intended if the screen size differs from the size they were authored on), but then Flash applets are hardly a step forward for open, robust data formats.

James A
James A
13 years ago

Um, SlideShare’s been around for years. Yeah, the point is to use flash to embed it in your blog, which is also how YouTube became successful.

Angus
Angus
13 years ago

I think you and I have different ideas of ‘just been launched’…. the article you linked to was written in 2006. We use slideshare a lot at technology meetup’s like so that there is a common place for all slides presented on the day. You can create groups/tags etc like on flickr.