SlideShare and YouTube

One of the comments about YouTube in the media flurry is that it was designed to be very easy to use. One aspect of this is the convergence on Flash as a way of presenting/delivering resources. This does away with the need to struggle with multiple players, and supports the easy linking and embedding which is promoted by YouTube. The emphasis is on ease of use and reuse.

Via eFoundations, I came across SlideShare, a presentation-sharing service. It has a strong family resemblance to YouTube, including the emphasis on ease of linking from and embedding in blogs and other sites. Tagging and comments are supported as one would expect. I uploaded one presentation which worked very smoothly. It does not currently support slide builds, and I could not immediately see how to link to an individual slide.

This is early days and you need to register to use it. This is a potentially useful service: it will be interesting to see if it lasts.

Update: As Paul and Andy point out, it is possible to link to individual slides. This is by pasting the URL from the box on the side, rather than from the toolbar (where you might expect it). That said, it appears that all that you need do is add the slide number to the base URL for direct access to a particular slide.

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Oct 10, 2006
Paul Miller

From their blog,

"Permalink an individual slide - Well, quite a few users don’t seem to have got this correct. The fact is that in SlideShare, you can permalink individual slides and not just the entire presentation. The slide url changes every time the slides advance. So if you want to send your friend a link to the 17th slide of your 35 slide presentation, just copy the slide URL code, when you are on the 17th slide and send it over. When your friend clicks on that url, the 17th slide will open directly in his/her browser. The small unit of microcontent in a presentation is an individual slide and we worked hard to isolate it. Isn’t this cool?"

It's also interesting to note, from the URLs, that all the data appear to reside on Amazon's S3 service...