SlideShare is a online, community-based presentation hosting service, where users can upload and share presentations. It currently allows you to upload presentations in the most common formats, such as Microsoft Powerpoint or OpenOffice. Once your presentations are uploaded, they are converted into Flash format. The Flash format is ideal, as it means that the viewer need not have Powerpoint installed in order to view the presentaton.
There is also a community aspect to SlideShare, where users can add each other as friends and restrict certain presentations to be viewed only by those people in their contacts list. Colleagues from a company or school can set up accounts and share presentations through their contact list.
How does the application look and feel to use?
SlideShare is a useful service if you have many presentations that you need to upload and store in one place. The ability to convert to the Flash format is useful when you want people without presentation software to be able to view your work. Embedding your presentations in your blog or site is also a very useful feature. The one thing letting this site down, however, is its sluggishness.
Below is an example of how slideshare works:
Go to the Slideshare homepage.