New features: Favorites, community tagging & comment tracking

Last night we rolled out a bunch of new features to Slideshare. This is “social release 1″, the first of a series of “social releases” – features and improvements to support and track the community at Slideshare.

Favorites & Community Tagging- Now, you can add a slideshow as a “Favorite”. Go to any slideshow, look for the “Save to Favorites” link below the “Digg this” link.

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Once you click the link, you will be asked to optionally enter tags (or keywords) that will help you remember this slideshow for future reference.

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Now, when you go to “My Slidespace” you will find a list of “Favorite” slideshows at the bottom of the page. Or you can use the submenu “Favorites” to see a page full of your favorites.

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Comments Tracking: The other major change is to the comments system. Many of you had written to us about not being to find which slides had comments (and problems with “disappearing comments!” which were really hard-to-find comments). Now, at the top of the comments bar for every slideshow, you will see a list of commented slides.

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You can also track comments better on My Slidespace. For example, we could go to mathowie’s slidespace to see a list comments on the left, or go to his “Comments” page. It has a list of all comments – you (the owner of this space) made, or comments made on your slideshows.

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Slideshare homepage also shows a list of “Recent Comments”. And of course, there is a “Most Commented” section.

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Active Users: Finally, the front page has a list of recently active users. Currently, at the top of that list is “downes” who has uploaded 63 slideshows recently!

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Thanks for sharing! And keep the feedback coming (use the Feedback/Report problem link at the bottom of every page).

  • http://crueltobekind.org Nicole Simon

    There is a basic problem with this approach – a favorite is something differnt like a marker.

    I would like to keep track of several presentations because they are interesting to me – but they are in no way favorites.

    At the moment the only way to keep track of them is misusing groups, adding them falsly as favorite or try to keep track of them somewhere else.

    There is not so much of a problem with youtube with this feature – as you do not really have ‘useful’ content.

    Different presentations though do have a lot of value – but absolutly need not be favorites.

    The different levels of appreciation / interest are well managable through zing and favorite – but not for retrieving them.

    Btw I think you should ask if I favorite something if I also want to zing it at the same time.

  • http://www.rashmisinha.com rashmi

    Nicole,

    I understand that you might want to remember something that is not your favorite (in fact sometimes it can be the opposite). We were considering several options and chose this since we wanted to keep the number of social features under control. There are no easy answers to this one. But feedback noted.

    I will keep this in mind next time we work on this feature. Also, I like your suggestion that one might also want to zing it when you favorite it.

  • lanvy

    I dont seem to have a “MY SLIDESPACE” and therefore am unable to access my favorite slides.

    please help.

  • susanna

    I don’t have a “SLIDESPACE” either… I haven’t logged on in a while. I USED to be able to access my favorites, but I’ve been clicking around for at least 40 minutes and am completely clueless about where my favorites are to be found.

    ARGGGHH!

    I know they still exist, because when I click on a slideshow that I remember having favorited, it says it’s in my favorites. But, I cannot find this section to save my life.