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December 13, 2006


Marc Duchesne

Garr, thanks for the great post. Right to the point. Actually, I had the same hard time understanding the usefulness of Slideshare. At the begining, I thought it was going to be the YouTube of presentations. After a month or so using it myself (see below), I think it is going to be a Flickr for pictures slideshows. Not presentations per se, as we understand it in business. Just photos sharing stuff.
I put a couple of presentations on Slideshare over the last two weeks, to investigate its potential - maybe someone will drop me an email, right ? As of today, I get this one : http://slideshare.net/mduchesn/wahoomcom-soon-to-a-computer-near-you/ as a hit (ranked #41 of the month, as of this morning). I guess that the nice photos (from SXC, by the way) make it attractive for the people watching Slideshare. Interesting : this file being a simple export from Keynote to PPT, the fonts are crap (I didn't take attention). No comment on that issue at all, which means IMHO that people are just looking for great photos, nothing else.
Another fact in this direction : I posted a presentation aimed at a new technology introduction for consumers (see here : http://slideshare.net/mduchesn/fibertothehome-powerline-technology/)- Slideshare users are right in its target zone, presentation that I created with Comic Life - so, it's not a typical usual Powerpoint slideshow. I thought it would raise some interest on Slideshare. As of today : no comment at all, no call, nothing.
Last facts : I modified the first presentation (the #41 of the month), to display the right fonts. Very low response. I also posted a pure diaporama, featuring some photos of San Francisco : very low response too.
Hence my conclusion : Slideshare is a website aimed at people looking for great/unusual photos. It's not about Powerpoint for presentations, it's about Powerpoint as an automated slideshow instrument !

John Windsor

As long as people see slides as the end, and not the means to the end (or rather the AID to the means to the end), then we'll probably not see a wholesale shift in how and why people use slideware (or services like Slideshare).

Perhaps as rich-media applications become more mainstream, we might see some improvements in people focusing on the story, not the slides.

But in our time-crunched world, it will always be faster to just dump your thoughts onto some slides (at least for the majority of people).

johnmoore (from Brand Autopsy)

Garr ... first up, thanks for the link love to my TRIBAL KNOWLEDGE slide show. I actually posted that prezo as a way to bypass sending a chunky email file so that folks could follow-along to a teleconference I did recently. So I agree that narration is critical when sharing PowerPoint prezos. But, used as a virtual leave-behind ... posting prezos to SlideShare works great.

To address the narration issue, I've used YouTube to share PowerPoint presentations. What I've done is record a voice-over and sync'd it to my slides. Using Adobe Premeire Elements, I create a video which can be uploaded to YouTube. A good example of this is my Creationist Word-of-Mouth vs. Evolutionist Word-of-Mouth Presentation found on YouTube. Link below:

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