We’re continuing to experiment with offering the latest, most useful set of tools and resources around social media while making robust use of WordPress plug-ins. So you’ll see additional changes here in the coming days and months.
One widget we like is from Slideshare.net, which can be configured as a vertical or horizontal widget. (A widget is simply a piece of software code that runs independently and does something useful, like bring you the latest news headlines.)
Today, Slideshare.net hosted Presentation Camp, the first of a series of Barcamps on the subject of online slideshows (motto: “no more death by PowerPoint”). I had hoped to attend the event, held at Slideshare’s headquarters in San Francisco, but am too far behind on a number of project deadlines. But you can follow the tweets from those in attendance at Twitter Search.
If you like, you can create a Slideshare “presentation pack” that consists of your own online slideshows (uploading is free) or others’ slideshows on a favorite topic, such as the following widget on social media presentations. (I suspect this, combined with all the other media-rich elements like video and photo galleries, is adding up to a lot of load time, so we’ll change the sidebar to point to the widget on this page rather than embedding it on every page on the site.)