As LinkedIn has sold Slideshare to Scribd (Slideshare’s more evil twin), and the practical handover happening on September 24th, I am preparing to close down my Slideshare account. As part of that I’m downloading my material on Slideshare. The first step is getting a CSV file from them that lists all the download URLs for my slides. It also provides some statistics with those download links, so for archiving purposes I’m adding some of those stats here.
My usage of Slideshare was always intended for two things: 1) have a way to embed my presentations in my blog and for others to view them, 2) have a place that can store those files, 3) allows others to download those files. Those last two reasons were way more of an issue to solve when I started using Slideshare in 2006. Hosting packages back then were generally too small to also host presentations, both in terms of bandwidth and storage. The first reason still is an issue: having a decent viewer to show these files on a website.
My first Slideshare was in December 2006, my last November 2019, so thirteen years exactly. I uploaded 132 presentations so about 10 per year on average, but in reality it was much less spread out:
The peak years were 2008 through 2013, which coincide with becoming self-employed and doing a lot of awareness raising for open data. From 2014 most of my presentations were for my company, and I posted much less under my own account. (I also will need to download the material from my company’s accounts before the 24th as well).
My 2 most downloaded presentations form an interesting combination:
- My 2008 presentation at Reboot in Copenhagen (332), that I remember very much (and that I recently converted into Notions)
- A 2010 presentation on FabLabs (259) that I gave to an engineering company (says the description) for an internal workshop, but I have no immediate recollection of doing that. (Checking my 2010 calendar just now I do remember, seeing the client’s name)
The total views for my 132 presentations were 292708 (2217 on average)
The three most viewed presentations were:
- My 2010 Lift Marseille, France, talk about FabLabs, 11338 views
- My 2010 brief remarks on private sector open data during Open Data Week in Nantes, France, 8242 views
- My talk at PolitCamp Graz, Austria in 2008, the event where I got interested in open data, but this one was about social media use w.r.t. political communication, 8009 views
The three presentations that were mostly viewed in embeds were:
- My 2010 Lift Marseille, France, talk about FabLabs again, 7157 views in embeds, or about half of total views
- My 2013 opening keynote for a software company’s European customer event, 3285 embed views
- My 2012 workshop on open data as policy instrument, at the Dutch national open data conference, 3055 embed views
Given that Slideshare for me was about allowing downloads, and providing embeds, let’s look at those totals. Thirteen years with 132 uploaded presentations come out at 2286 downloads and 51633 embedded views. It’s not nothing obviously, but one can wonder if it is something worthwile enough to allow thirteen years of third party tracking.