The wait is over! Introducing private sharing of documents on SlideShare!

November 5, 2007

This is probably our biggest release to date. Ever since we launched, the most strident feature request from our users has been the private sharing of documents on Slideshare. We've had lots of people writing to us about privacy and how it could help them in their work lives. We are happy to bring that wait to an end. It's taken us a while to arrive at the best way of doing this, but we think the result should be worth the wait.

Slideshare now has FULL FEATURE PRIVACY. And its COMPLETELY FREE!. You get complete control over who, what, how to share! The privacy feature should address (but not be limited to) the following use cases-

- keeping slideshows private to yourself; this comes with complete freedom to switch back and forth between private & public without any restrictions

- sharing with all your contacts

- sharing with only some of your contacts (we have introduced the ability to make user lists from your contacts and share documents only with that list)

- every private slideshow will now (optionally) have a Secret URL; you can send this URL to anybody by email, IM etc (irrespective of whether that person has an account on slideshare or not) and the slideshow will be viewable by him/her

- you can turn off the embedding (embed code) for private slideshows; this allows you to control the virality and propogation of your slides

- you can send business presentations to your clients, customers, office colleagues for private viewing

- you can embed slideshows on password protected websites, company intranets without apprehension about the documents appearing publicly on slideshare

- you can virtually use your slideshare account like an online repository, uploading presentations for public or private sharing; there is of-course no restriction to how many files you can have in your account or any usage/bandwidth limits.

We're sure there are many other uses that our users will bring out for this much-requested feature. We look forward to them. Do send us your feedback about what you liked (or did not like) about privacy on slideshare.