A Vision for SlideShare

June 6, 2013

slide-1-638 (46)Nick Decrock has been an avid SlideShare fan -- so much so that he recently uploaded a deck on his own vision for SlideShare. He brings up many good points, and it got us -- and the SlideShare community -- talking. What should be in the future for SlideShare? What should the platform represent and what should it feature? We spoke with Decrock, who elaborated on his vision for the site. He writes:

Could this great presentations platform become even better? And if so, how? The question provokes an answer. Or at least a hint for an answer. Being a busybody that just likes to put his nose into other people’s business, I decided to create and upload a SlideShare with a personal view on the matter. Not because I think SlideShare is not doing well -- on the contrary, I think it’s just on the bridge of becoming THE inspiration platform of the Net.

But, other tools are evolving quickly too, both on a feature front and on a design level. In the ‘Slideshare ReVisited’ presentation, I tried to imagine how SlideShare could be if it were more contemporary, bringing more focus to the amazing, inspiring presentations and contributors out there. Enhancing the conversation and buzz around the slides is another point of interest. It could be the Internet evolved into a social web, where people like to share their opinions, comments and views on any given topic. It would be great if SlideShare would feature this more in the future, don’t you think?

It all comes down to this: ‘Share to the world what you care about.’ I believe that what TED.com is for talks, SlideShare is for slides. Or could become. Inspiring slides, engaging topics -- all presented in a beautiful way. Most of the time, slides are now uploaded after talks, using SlideShare as a swell tool to share this easily. But, what if it could be the other way around? What if a slidedeck featured on the platform could evoke talks on the subject? I believe that this will increase the quality of the slidedecks and be even more rewarding to viewers and contributors.

When thinking about rewarding, another crazy idea popped up: How to spur contributors to share their knowledge and insights? We’re all happy to tip a waiter or a tour guide for their service, aren't we? Well, why not enable this -- in a non-intrusive way -- on SlideShare as well? I know I wouldn’t mind tipping or donating a few bucks when a presentation really inspires me. Would you?

2c5f798I wasn’t sure others shared these views. So, the best way to find out was to put it out there and see if it could start a discussion. Here are some of the comments and  tweets I got in response to my presentation. Share your comments below!

ah_liviaI loved how inovative your ideas were! Although I would like to be paid a few bucks for a presentation I however wouldn't pay to view another persons. Still cool presentation nonetheless

Shyamanta Baruah: Very relevant. I think it will be great to have more emphasis on conversations on SlideShare and better view of slides. These are a few things I always felt are lacking otherwise in one of the greatest content platform in the world. Hope Rashmi and Amit will delight us with some of these changes soon

TheGeneral101Slideshare is fine as it is interface wise. It can use a little restyling making it a bit more up-to-date designwise (colours, fonttypes, sleaker buttons,...) but for the rest it's fine how it is. Don't want to be disrespectful but being a designer it bothers me if people say they want to make things better, even say they aren't a designer and then start showing of designs. Using a 1480 by 890 screen resolution mockup is far from what most people use. Remember that YOU aren't the only user. Might want to check some presentations about good User Interface Design. Other than this little rant i like the idea of awarding the maker of the presentation.

LennardMaronde@ndecrock Love the slideshare design + paying $1, $2 or even $5 for a great presentation is a great way to give something back! #greatideas

simplyarun@ndecrock Loved your SlideShare deck! You managed to inspire the entire team.

gilbertnijs: @nickdemey @ndecrock Great ideas, I would love to see them become reality.