March 21, 2009

Online slide shows that sing

JD LasicaWe’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.)

JD Lasica, founder of Socialmedia.biz, is now co-founder of the cruise discovery engine Cruiseable. See his About page, contact JD or follow him on Twitter or Google Plus.

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