I am just fascinated with SlideShare, a great presentation sharing platform that is being called YouTube for powerpoint. As of 11pm eastern tonight they have 1340 slide stacks in their public archive. I am predicting that this will explode. Long before the click-button publishing of blogging, people have been investing large amounts of time and talents in creating PowerPoint presentations. This was our form of self expression.
Two groups of people come to mind. Business professionals looking for the power of persuasion and Educators looking to structure there materials. I would imagine there is are virtual piles of slides on harddrives that will gain life again due to SlideShare. Sure, you could always save your presentation as HTML, but we all know what kind of user experience that is... I still don't know how to view the next slide in those framesets.
SlideShare is easy with a capital E. and I am amazed by the quality content that is already up on the site. I have posted two presentations here, but I have found many more the I would really like to post about. Such as this show on Microformats...
Let's keep an eye on this application. I'm guessing Yahoo grabs it early, to keep it away from Google, but who knows. The last time I had this type of feeling about a new application it was the first week Writely launched. It just felt right. I also think it is cool that they are using Amazon's S3 hosting platform.