Speaker Deck vs. Slideshare
Lately I have seen several references to Speaker Deck, a relative newcomer to the list of presentation-sharing options. I have been a fan of a competing product, SlideShare, for several years and thought I would check out the competition.
Both of these services let instructors upload class presentation slides and make them available as public web pages. The slideshows also be embedded into a page on a course site in Sakai and similar systems. This arrangement is also very useful for conference presentation slides.
Speaker Deck was successfully designed to be very simple and user-friendly. It’s owned by GitHub (a site that enables programmers to collaborate in writing code) and the service is free. There is no up-charge for a “Pro” version with more features. Speaker Deck only accepts PDF files. This makes a little extra work for users but means that the developers don’t have to support multiple file formats.
I like the look of the gallery and the ease of use, but I don’t see enough to make me switch. I don’t really care that there are ads on the SlideShare pages. Most of the time I am embedding them in blog posts or other websites anyway. Bottom line — I like Speaker Deck, but I’m going to stick with SlideShare for now.
Below is a quick side-by-side summary, followed by a more detailed chart as a Scribd download. Please let me know if I have left out anything important.
- Share Your Slides with Speaker Deck (Inside Higher Ed.)