Replace, Don’t Move Your SlideShare Presentation

One thing that we have learned from blogging is the concept of “permanence”. Each blog post got a unique web address that was supposed to stay the same over time, hence the name “permalink” or permanent link. In theory, there are almost no limitations to the storage space on the web, I can have thousands and thousands of unique URLs under the same domain name, so there is no real need to delete or move content to make room for new. Things could stay in the same place for years.

Permanence for online objects is important because when people find your content and link to it, they may generate traffic for a very long time. If you move stuff around or change URLs (especially without proper redirects), you not only lose traffic and make it harder for people that want to find your content, but the sites linking back to you suddenly don’t look so great anymore. One example, in my latest blog post about blogger influence, I embedded a presentation by BlogHer. But now, less than two weeks later, the presentation was suddenly missing from my post. Readers were greeted by this message:

blogher presentation

The same happened to a similar post on Mediabistro, which is quite a prominent site.

A quick check on the BlogHer account on SlideShare revealed that the presentation hadn’t been taken offline, it had just been updated with a new web address, which of course meant that any site that embedded the presentation was now showing a dead link.

Replace, don’t move it
If you need to update a presentation on SlideShare that you have already made public, deleting the old version and uploading a new is not the best solution. Instead, you just replace the old one with the new one, and hey presto, you keep the old web address and all embedded objects now show the updated version.

Here’s how you do it.
Log in to your SlideShare account and select the presentation you wish to replace. Click on “Edit this presentation” next to the title of the presentation.

Then go to the page that says Replace presentation and choose the new file.


Upload and you are done.

Now your presentation can keep it’s permanent place on the web, while you are able to get a new version of your content out.

UPDATE nov 2014: Slideshare has a new layout. To find the edit options you need to go to your uploads. Below each presentation there is a drop down menu called “Edit”. Click on that and then on “Settings”. That’s where you now find all the edit options like re-upload.

You’re not a SlideShare Rockstar

Blogging or microblogging on April 1st is a risky business. Chances are that someone is trying to pull your leg. One of the more successful pranks today was done by the filesharing site SlideShare which sent an email to many users congratulating them on the sudden rise in traffic to the presentations they had uploaded to SlideShare.

“You’re a SlideShare Rockstar

We’venoticed that your slideshow on SlideShare has been getting
a LOT of views inthe last 24 hours.
Great job … you must be doing something right.;-)

Why don’t you tweet or blog this?
Use the hashtag #bestofslideshare so we can track the conversation.

-SlideShare Team”

Bloggers and microbloggers were quick to communicate their sudden brush of fame to friends and followers, stating that one of their presentations had gotten thousands of views. Problem was that it was only an April fools joke. Below you can see the increase in mentions of SlideShare on blogs and on Twitter.



Another successful joke today was published by the Guardian which claimed that the 188 year old newspaper would quit the paper edition and turn to publishing only on Twitter. This joke fooled Anna Serner, the CEO and Managing Director of the Swedish Newspaper Publishers’ Association, who blogged about the bold move by the Guardian.

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