- Role: Social Interaction Designer, Design Researcher, UI DeveloperDesignation: Design Developer (Intern), SlideShare Inc. (student of National Institute of Design)Duration: 4 months on-site (at SlideShare) + 2 months at NID (design documentation)Guides: Prof. R Sandesh and Prof. Rupesh Vyas of National Institute of DesignSummary:The project 'Social Networking on SlideShare' laid the foundation of sociability on SlideShare and aimed at transforming SlideShare from a place for people to upload slides to a place for people to connect over slide-decks. I discovered much about the current social web, the future of networking, sharing, communication and agile methods of development. Designing under constraints, envisioning and shaping an emerging architecture were great learnings from this project.Some of the key chapters are as follows:
- Part 2: Understanding the DomainChapter 3-5SlideShare (www.slideshare.net) is considered to be world’s largest community for sharing presentations on the web. Built on the Web 2.0 ideology, it has made a mark as one of the leaders in the online presentation sharing space and as a strong media innovator Initially the basic theme on SlideShare was the sharing of slide decks. The next stage for SlideShare was to become a rich social arena fostering connections between people, keeping the slide decks as the focus.
- Part 3: Building BlocksChapter 6: Slidecast PlayerSlideCast is a new multimedia format from SlideShare aimed at synchronizing slide decks with audio files on the web. Slidecasting involves two structured experiences: the Authoring experience, which allows a user to tie together an online slide deck and an audio-stream; and the Playing experience which enables the navigation of audio through slides. The SlideCast Player is a flash based rich multimedia application for the Internet which plays the slidecast (synchronized slide deck and MP3 Podcast) format.
- Chapter 7: ContactsSlideShare (www.slideshare.net) is considered to be world’s largest community for sharing presentations on the web. Built on the Web 2.0 ideology, it has made a mark as one of the leaders in the online presentation sharing space and as a strong media innovator Initially the basic theme on SlideShare was the sharing of slide decks. The next stage for SlideShare was to become a rich social arena fostering connections between people, keeping the slide decks as the focus. This chapter looks into the conceptual and functional aspects of SlideShare.
- Chapter 8: My SlideSpaceMy Slidespace is a member’s personal space on SlideShare in the form of a unique landing page. On one hand, it acts as a member’s personal start-up page including all his slide deck activities and updates on his network interactions. On the other hand, this page showcases to others his personal details, slide deck uploads, favourite slide decks and other participatory information, thus behaving like his community profile.
- Chapter 9: 101 Ways to SlideShare101 Ways to SlideShare refers to the landing page which behaves like a hall-of-fame for slide decks on SlideShare. It includes a growing list of 101 innovative and striking slide deck applications along with credits to their creators, contributors. Other members comments and appreciations are also included with social features to help them form relations.One’s online reputation is similar to the conventional concept of reputation. In cyberspace, reputations can be made easily due to the high transfer of information. But they can also be easily broken, due to the lingering, semi-permanent nature of the world wide web. A digital reputation can be useful in situations where credibility must be established, but exposure of one’s real life identity is undesirable or possibly hazardous.
- Further ExplorationsThe understanding from building a sharing network and fostering social relations among the users was a lesson which I wanted to take further and thus started looking for opportunities in my surroundings. After completing the Diploma Project and having started with the formal documentation, this was the time for both
experiments and concrete solutions.This chapter puts across my thoughts and insights into the learning from the project and the future road map for SlideShare. It also describes the new social network “NIDG” which came up as part of my further explorations.