What Is SlideShare Web 2.0?

By Chris Pichereau, Abshier House

SlideShare is a Web 2.0-based slide hosting service that was developed in 2006 and acquired by LinkedIn in 2012. As a user of SlideShare, you can upload files publicly or privately as slide decks. When this product was launched, it was viewed as similar to YouTube in its technology architecture, but for slideshows instead of videos.

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Source: slideshare.net

The website was originally thought to be used strictly for businesses to more easily share slideshows, but has expanded its scope more broadly to include slide decks that are purely for entertainment purposes.

The following presentation formats are supported in SlideShare:

  • PowerPoint

  • PDF

  • Keynote

  • OpenDocument

Once uploaded, slide decks can be viewed on handheld devices, embedded on other sites, or viewed on the SlideShare site itself.

Although the SlideShare website is used primarily as a slide hosting service, it also supports other file formats including:

  • Documents

  • Videos

  • Webinars

SlideShare allows users to rate, comment on, and share the uploaded content.

SlideShare also has a feature called Zipcasts. A Zipcast is a social web conferencing system providing presenters the ability to broadcast an audio/video feed while showing the presentation through the Internet. Users can communicate during the presentation via an inbuilt chat function on the SlideShare Zipcast function.

Zipcast presenters completely control the flow of the presentation — unlike paid services such as WebEx and GoToMeeting that allow interaction by the viewer, like moving back and forth during the presentation.