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Slideshare — https://www.slideshare.net — is useful for sharing presentations and documents. It’s easy to upload and tag files. Presentations are then available for embedding on other websites. On the downside, the ability to edit and replace files (re-uploading) has been removed as an option.
Re-Uploading — the ability to edit a presentation and post the new version online with the same URL – was one of our favorite options and now a major pet peeve. We’ll get to ‘what we like about Slideshare’ further down, but as of October 2017 we have a major disappointment with Slideshare.
Problem with re-uploading. Previously Slideshare presentations could be edited and replaced. But in October 2017, this option was removed. Slideshare/LinkedIn explained: “We’re always looking for new ways to improve the SlideShare experience for our members. This sometimes means eliminating features to invest in others that offer greater value. As a part of this process, we are removing the ability to re-upload SlideShare files. You will still be able delete your older SlideShare files and upload new presentations. However, once you delete a SlideShare file you will not be able to retain the file URL, or view the file analytics.” What’s particularly irksome is the lack of any warning. It is unclear whether this now a premium service.
Under language, you can only choose one language (I wish there were a bilingual English-Spanish option for some of my presentations)
This is not our only pet peeve.
Sometimes others post spam as comments. Besides keeping an eye on one’s newsfeed, are there ways to moderate comments?
Why is it so difficult to set up hyperlinks? (How does one set up outbound clicks?)
Unable to edit URL
Unable to see final URL until publication
No way to manage how one’s ‘home page’ is presented to the world
Would like to see something analogous to YouTube’s Playlists
What we like about Sharing Documents on Slideshare
We love to see the presentations given at conferences in advance and archived for later perusal. Sharing documents presentations in an open way (instead of say attachments) allow you to face the interested public and get critical feedback which will only improve your presentation. Slideshare is a great option. Here’s why
Creative Commons licensing – The default is ‘all rights reserved’ though we recommend some form of sharing with attribution. Bonus points for presentations which are licensed as attribution-sharealike.
Embedding – Makes it possible to share presentations on other sites
One Click Sharing – Easy to share presentations on Facebook, Twitter and Email
LinkedIn connection – Easy to share presentations on one’s LinkedIn profile
Archives: Our Slideshare Tips page is somewhat dated, but at least it’s archived online:
Comment: Because of a new policy on Slideshare, we are unable to re-upload presentations on the same URL. This is a major pet peeve, but it is what it is. On the bright side, the presentation is a snapshot in time, last updated 08.2017.
— Ron Mader (@ronmader) May 14, 2017