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SlideShare, one of the first slidesharing and slide hosting services, debuted on the web in 2006. Slidesharing services allow users to upload, view, comment and share slidedecks that they have created using various formats such as MSPowerpoint, Open Office and pdf files. (Other formats include presentations, documents, and infographics). The most popular slidesharing services are Slideshare Slideboom, SlideServe,Vcasmo, Zentation and Zoho Show. Other players include Scribd, and SlideRocket (a cloud-based PowerPoint alternative).

According to its About page, SlideShare averages 60 million unique visitors a month and 215 million page views making it among the top 120 most-visited websites in the world. Unlike many other social media services, SlideShare is not really implicated in the extreme examples of (ab)use in social media such as Facebook taunts, Twitter addictions, Craiglist murders, etc. For librarians and information professionals, it is important to remember that there is a more relevant angle which is the larger information ecosystem that has developed around social media generally, and SlideShare in particular. Abuses and assaults (both virtual and real) are real and are an unfortunate part of the web. A more interesting angle is how can you use social media tools to solve information problems while steering clear of abuses and controversies.

LinkedIn acquires Slideshare

In 2012, LinkedIn purchased Slideshare for $119 million dollars which many in the industry pointed out was low compared to what Facebook paid for Instagram. SlideShare subsequently revamped its homepage with a more visual spin including larger images.

SlideShare is a community web service that allows the free and open sharing of presentations that contain images, graphics, text and embedded video; a few of the formats it supports includes MS powerpoint, portable digital format (PDF) and Open Office. Academic librarians who want to share or publicize their presentations such as those used in their work at conferences or meetings are typical users of SlideShare. The service provides a mechanism for putting your content out there and in the cloud which has application in terms of your professional development and its ability to embed content on your blog or other website allows you to distribute your presentations to a wide audience. Embedded presentations can be used as learning objects and to help you deliver your information literacy programs. SlideShare is said to be the largest global community for sharing presentations and slide shows, currently supporting the top eleven international languages namely English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Romanian and Italian.

Have you considered using SlideShare?

  • share presentations, documents and PDFs with a network of 25 million monthly visitors
  • embed your SlideShare presentations on LinkedIn and via your blog or website
  • encourages you to share ideas, connect with others, and generate interest in your work
  • 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.
  • join groups to connect with SlideShare members who share your interests.
  • download original files

What is SlideShare and other questions?

  • What is SlideShare?
    • a service for sharing presentations and slideshows
    • upload PowerPoint, OpenOffice, Keynote or PDF presentations; tag, embed them into your blog, wiki, website, Vista course, browse other presentations, comment on slides
    • users can upload, view and share presentation files
    • share ideas & work-related documents
    • conference presentations, classroom slides, self-archived copy of articles
    • embed slideshows into website or blog
    • download original powerpoint files (if author permits)
  • How do you use SlideShare?
    • Share privately (friends) or publicly (everyone).
    • Add audio or video (YouTube) to slides.
    • Join groups to connect with others with similar interests.
    • 'Favourite’ presentation to express interest and support to author.
    • Share presentation by embedding on website or VLE.
    • Use SlideShare to market yourself, your ideas, your work.
  • How does SlideShare work?
    • Search via ‘Category’.
    • Upload presentation instead of sending multiple emails.
    • Send link to presentation or embed complete presentation into webpage.
    • Tag presentations to make them searchable by others.
    • Related presentations listed alongside your presentations based on tags and title.
  • SlideShare presentation explained
    • Share Email link to colleagues
    • Favourite: Mark for future reference
    • Get File: Download original presentation
    • Share: email link to colleagues
    • Post to: Easy embed instructions for Blogger, WordPress, Twitter, etc
  • Presentation Controls: Next, Previous, Home, End, Full Screen
    • Presentation Statistics User
    • UserID and when presentation was uploaded to SlideShare Profile
    • Profile Avatar Embed : copy this code to embed presentation into your web page Statistics
    • Number of individual views, # of people who have marked it as a ‘favourite’, and individual times the presentation has been embedded in websites.
    • Description : Presentation description
  • Where do you begin?
    • Register with SlideShare (if not already signed up).
    • Update account Profile settings (avatar, contact details, email address, friends, etc).
    • Set default settings for all presentations that you will upload (privacy, download, etc)
    • Upload your first presentation.
    • Assign appropriate ‘tags’ to presentation.
    • Your Presentation
    • Cut-and-paste ‘embed’ code into website, blog, VLE.
    • YouTube clip will play automatically.
    • Click ‘Full Screen’ to present to classroom.
  • What else is there?
    • Use to host presentations and embed / link to from own website.
    • Use as ‘source’ for presentations in classroom by uploading and accessing SlideShare when needed (must ensure Internet connection).
    • Use to ‘send’ presentations to Conference organizers
    • Conference & Meetings
    • Create SlideShare ‘Group’ or ‘Event’
    • Ask presenters to submit presentations to Group/Event
    • Set presentations to private, and share with known SlideShare Group/Event users (friends)
    • Peer-Review presentations online with SlideShare
    • Release presentations online AFTER the conference so delegates to view & download
  • How can faculty, staff and students use SlideShare?
    • same way you do, namely to
    • Register, Upload, Embed / link
    • Share / Favourite
    • Use Twitter-style hashtag in description to make it easy to find all work related to class.
    • This reduces volume of data in email inbox.
  • SlideShare Widget ... what’s that?
    • Create ‘widget’ to display SlideShare
    • Copy-and-paste code into webpage or blog
    • Display all your presentations at once with quick-links to archived presentations.
    • Landscape (shown) or Portrait orientation.


  • SlideShare is a free service for sharing presentations, slideshows and pdf documents. Slideshare supports importing presentations from PowerPoint, Impress, and PDF files. The site implements common web 2.0 design and interaction patterns so users can add, tag, rate, comment and embed content. Once a file is uploaded, it is visible to the public. Terms from slides can be searched via search engines. Users who upload presentations can choose to make them available for download
  • Slideshare is linked with Creative Commons so various attribution licenses are supported. In addition, these presentations can be retrieved at any computer without need for USB drives or other storage devices. In other words, presentations in Slideshare can be held before a conference for the presenters use and then reviewed afterwards by guests. Like YouTube, a presentation can be viewed in the small screen or take the full screen of a monitor
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