SlideShare appears on my year-end list for the third year in a row. I’m thinking that it probably will move into the hall of fame at the end of 2008, barring some sort of major meltdown or such. Three years of being one of my most used and useful Web 2.0 tools probably means that it has the kind of staying power that you would expect for a hall candidate.
As I started using clickers in more and more of my presentations to gather audience feedback, I found that I actually had an increased need to use SlideShare since the clickers increased my need to use PowerPoint slides. Just when I was almost completely PPT-free, the clickers sucked me back in. I’m okay with that because it seemed as though the info I was collecting from the audience was actually the most productive use of PPT I had ever experienced. Then being able to share the data on the PPT charts via SlideShare made it all the more useful as a repository of the information from the presentation.
Since five of my six blogs are WordPress-based blogs, I have no doubt that I use SlideShare a bit more since they have developed a WordPress plug-in that allows me to show slides as this example shown below. Many types of content cannot be embedded into WordPress due to their ban on flash-based content, but SlideShare is one of the lucky ones that has received the attention needed to get a custom plug-in built for WordPress.
A few useful links:
- A new plug-in for PPT to directly upload to SlideShare (haven’t used it yet) – another view
- SlideShare application for Facebook
- Quotes about SlideShare on Jane Hart’s Top 100 Tools (it’s #20 at end of 2008)
- SlideShare publishes a blog
- You can follow SlideShare on Twitter
- You can now upload Apple Keynote files to SlideShare
- The most viewed presentation all-time (as of Dec. 2008) has over 400,000 views
- To see what’s hot – check the most favorited shows over past month