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October 4, 2006

SlideShare -- the YouTube of Powerpoint

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Posted by Ross Mayfield

SlideShare launches today — the YouTube of Powerpoint.  While Powerpoint destroys thought, so does TV.  And misgivings aside, slides can be an art form in and of itself.  They are objects you spin stories around.  Like this:

It is easy to embed a presentation and player within a site, blog or wiki. The above presentation is one I found by danah.  I’ve been playing with the Alpha and really have to applaud Rashmi (you may know her from Dcamp), Jonathan and the gang at Uzanto.

You upload your Powerpoint (PPT and PPS formats) or OpenOffice (ODP format) slides into My Slidespace with a familiar title, description and tags. The flash player is fast and intuitive.

Slides are findable by search (the content of the presentation is indexed), Latest, Popular, Featured, Profiles and Tags (Latest, Popular this week and Popular all time).  Here is an RSS feed of the latest.

What’s also fascinating is their servers are backed by Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service).  The other week when Socialtext 2.0 launched with a large-file webcast, we got Techcrunched and were worried about the load on our servers.  After a little scrambling in IRC, Pete Kaminski leveraged S3, and problem solved.  In this case, SlideShare has web serviced their scalability.  An interesting model to watch, and good thing if this thing is a sudden hit.

Comments (6) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: social software


1. Michael Wiley on October 5, 2006 3:22 PM writes...


I'd love to check this out! Please invite me to the beta.

(ps. I left GM a month ago and have joined edelman pr...)

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2. Emma on October 8, 2006 12:14 PM writes...

Looks interesting ... can I have an invitation too please?!


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3. dave davison on October 12, 2006 11:56 AM writes...

The capability of Slideshare to atomize the presentations into searchable and shareable microcontent is a big plus.

I plan to use SlideShare as a part of a "mosaic" of taggged microcontent: images from flickr,audio and video snippets from Conversations Network and other podcasts and vlogs, and presentation slides from SlideShare.

I will publish the mosaic in serial fashion on my blog.

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4. Matt Mendolera on October 17, 2006 10:35 AM writes...

Not really that useful. Video is where it's at. YouTube for presentations? Hardly--all it does is send PPT presentations around with no added value. IVT and IBM just launched a do-it-yourself tool called Studio that creates podcasts with video and slides that you can send quickly and easily (as a link) to anyone around the world--thousands, even. Much cooler implications for business.

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5. SlickDealer on December 2, 2006 10:20 PM writes...

Wow that guy above me is really an optimist huh? Doooochhh Ragg

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6. Mrugesh on June 19, 2007 12:36 AM writes...

Interview with Slideshare founder Jon Boutelle. Jon Boutelle was born in Boston and grew up on a farm in Massachusetts. A degree holder in Psychology from the Brown University, RI, he along with Rashmi Sinha and Amit Ranjan have been on the helm of SlideShare along with the rest of the team based in Delhi and the US.
Read more about it at

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