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Is Slideshare trolling?

A few days after the Keynote I did for the Center for Innovative Education at Kean (for which I posted my slidedeck up to Slideshare).  I got the following by email – seemingly from Slideshare:

?The Shifting Landscape: Virtual Worlds in Education” is being tweeted more than any other document on SlideShare right now. So we’ve put it on the homepage of (in the “Hot on Twitter” section).

Well done, you!

- SlideShare Team

?After hovering over the link to make sure it was a legit Slideshare link I ended up on their home page.  I clicked the “hot on twitter” link, but alas – my contribution was not there, as indicated.  I poked around for a while and could not find any sign of it.  In fact, it is not even one of my most viewed slidedecks.

I moved on and forgot about it, until yesterday – when I got that SAME email again.  Now, the number of views has not gone up – at all perhaps, but certainly not appreciably.

So, this begs the question…is slide share trolling out these emails to folks to push them to their site?  I hope that is NOT the case, since I’ve always thought of them as a reputable site that treated its subscribers well.  Has anyone else seen a similar email or had any experience similar to this?

  • Jonathan Boutelle says:

    SlideShare is absolutely not trolling. I can tell you how the hot on twitter email works: it looks at the amount of traffic that came from domain to your slideshow. We check this every hour, then we change the front page and send out the email.

    It changes every hour, so by the time you checked it probably more than an hour had gone by and somebody else was on the home page.

    You’re NOT supposed to get an email more than once for the same slideshow … that’s a bug that we definitely need to fix. Really sorry about that!

    January 4, 2010 at 9:19 am
    • ajblogsat says:

      Jon, thanks for the response. Its nice to see which vendors read and follow what goes on here. This second time, I’m not sure what happened. The first time, I was looking at the site within minutes of getting the email. I was thrilled to have been featured and disappointed to not see it there. I figured the same thing, that it had rotated off by then. It was the second email that made me suspicious and what prompted me to write about it.

      January 4, 2010 at 9:22 am

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