Talking Tech Friday – Slideshare

Cathy introduced me to this website, and since I’ve already put it to practical use in posts this week I thought I’d review Slideshare.

What is it?

Slideshare is a community for sharing presentations.  From their about page:

SlideShare is the best way to get your slides out there on the web, so your ideas can be found and shared by a wide audience. Do you want to get the word out about your product or service? Do you want your slides to reach people who could not make it to your talk? Are you a teacher looking to share your lesson plans? It only takes a moment – start uploading now, and let your slides do the talking!

Some of the things you can do on SlideShare

– Embed slideshows into your own blog or website.
– Share slideshows publicly or privately. There are several ways to share privately.
– Synch audio to your slides.
– Market your own event on slideshare.
– Join groups to connect with SlideShare members who share your interests
– Download the original PowerPoint / Pdf file

How does it work?

You can view and use presentations without registering for Slideshare, but you will need to register in order to upload any of your own presentations.  Basic registration is Moderate (email, username, password, gender)m, but Slideshare also views itself as a social network, so they encourage you to create a more detailed profile and invite your friends.  Fortunately, you don’t need to do all that if you don’t want to.

Once you’ve registered, uploading a Powerpoint presentation, for example, is quite easy.  You just choose the “Upload” button, find your presentation on your computer, and send it off.  Slideshare takes a few minutes to fully load the presentation into their slideshow format – the few I did took around 3-5 minutes, but I was multitasking and not paying close attention, so it might have been quicker or slower.  You can upload Powerpoint, Open Office, or PDF formats.  As you’re uploading a presentation, you can choose from variety of privacy settings – private, public, or by invitation, and whether you allow downloads – as well as enter in tags and other metadata, and licensing options.  Once your presentation has been converted, you can see it online.

The presentation in Slideshare has a very Youtube feel to it – the presentation is front and center, with the description and sharing options in the right column, and user comments below.  The sharing options are particularly nice – you can use a permalink, or embed (and I’m thrilled they have a WordPress friendly version!), email it, or post to a variety of social sites such as del.icio.us, Facebook, MySpace, etc.

I spent a little time browsing through the available presentations.  As you might imagine, there are a number tagged “library” so I thought I’d share one of them.

Slideshare offers a variety of community options – creating or joining groups, hosting events or slidecast presentations which sync an audio file MP3 with your presentation.  Additionally, there are the aforementioned friends and creating a social profile for networking and such.

Possible Library Uses

Well, I’ve already demonstrated Slideshare’s usefulness this week in uploading slides from Tuesday’s Tech Talk presentation.  I just can’t emphasize enough how happy I am that it is compatible with WordPress!  I think this is the absolutely easiest way I’ve seen to share powerpoint presentations with a variety of people – the embedded widget is very attractive and intuitive.

More ambitious librarians could have a profile and perhaps create a group with weekly presentations and such – though I doubt you’d talk your patrons into joining it.  If they’re like me, they are already burned out on making profiles on social websites.  But they might be into it.

Any other suggestions?

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~ by Anali on September 26, 2008.

One Response to “Talking Tech Friday – Slideshare”

  1. […] Powerpoint 2007 (pptx), Open Document (odp) or PDF file.  You can also share it by exporting it to Slideshare, emailing it to colleagues, or linking/embedding it on a website. Now for the ultimate test – […]

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