July 23, 2007
A New Flickr Trick - SlideFlickr compared to Slideshare
You've already seen Slideshare used in previous posts in this blog. Slideshare allows you to post your previously created slide presentations (such as Powerpoint or .ppt files), and then share them within Slideshare or embed code in your blog or web page.
For example, recently we've had some brown bag sessions on opportunities for science and scientists in Second Life, the multi-user virtual environment that has recently received much prominence in the popular press. Here are the slides for that presentation, as part of our blog entry.
Note the functionality. Readers of the blog can click through the entire slide presentation without needing to click through to another site and then return, at least as long as Java and Shockwave are activated and they are using a compatible browser. The Slideshare convertor supports displaying the images and text on the slides, but not animations or launches to other programs. They also have the option of clicking through if they wish to, and browsing the added functionality available in the Slideshare community. There is a filesize limit, so you might want to break really large files into two sections.
Now, what if all you wanted to do was show people pictures? Post your images to Flickr (not other people's), and organize a set containing as few or many pictures as you want on the topic. So, now we have a slideset of images showing science and scientists in Second Life:
SL - Sciences & Scientists: http://flickr.com/photos/rosefirerising/sets/72157600274466018/
At this point, you've always been able to click on the slideshow link and share that with people.
But there was no easy way to take that slideshow and embed it in another web page, the way we can with Slideshare. Sure, you could download the images and make a presentation and upload that. lots of folks did exactly that. There is now a simpler no-frills, no-fuss tools called SlideFlickr that allows you to embed a slideshow of your Flickr images in your blog or web page. All you need to do is enter the user name, group name, or URL for the slideset, and voila! You have a slideshow on the page, complete with copyable code for you to use. Now, here is our Flickr Slide set of images on science in Second Life.
Pretty easy, eh? Try it out and see what you think. Oh, and if you're in Facebook, you can add SlideFlickr to your Facebook page as well.