Jan 22 2009
More and more social media tools are reinventing themselves and moving forward from the “beta” phase or introducing new features to their original list. One of these tools is SlideShare, which recently launched a feature that allows/combines YouTube videos in SlideShare presentations. Based in San Francisco and New Delhi, this tool enables people to share all types of presentations online.
The free service lets you:
SlideShare applications allow you to share your presentations with colleagues, friends and other people in your LinkedIn and Facebook networks. The tool also has the PowerPoint Ribbon plugin, which lets you use most of the SlideShare features from within PowerPoint. And with the newest feature, YouTube videos, you can embedded multiple videos to your presentation. The company blog also offers more information about the latest SlideShare features.
Here is a SlideShare presentation of their latest feature – YouTube:
Buzz Meter Ranking: 3 out of 4 Buzz Bees
Positive: Creating an account and navigating through the site is simple. The combination of FAQs and “how to” slideshow presentations are very helpful. Anyone can use this tool.
Negative: SlideShare is covering much ground by adding video, but still a lot of competitors that offer just as much as they do. For instance, SlideSix supports MOV (QuickTime). Currently, SlideShare only supports up to 100 MB for each presentation. If you have a very elaborate presentation with videos and high resolution graphics that surpasses 100 MB, you might have to break up your presentation.
Conclusion: I like the features that SlideShare offers. You can share professional presentations via LinkedIn, general presentations via Facebook, and with the new YouTube video embedding you can liven up your presentations. SlideShare is a great enabler of sharing information through presentations.