SlideShare,the “YouTube for presentations,” is launching a new feature today—Company Networks. Networks are basically a way for businesses to curate content from all of their employees and partners on one branded page.
SlideShare lets anyone share presentations and video and also serves as a social discovery platform for users to find relevant content and connect with other members who share similar interests. IBM is launching as a pilot partner for the Company Networks feature, with the IBM Expert Network. The page shows all of the IBM employees or experts on Slideshare page as well as content that is curated from each expert’s profile. Slideshare also allows users to feature particular presentations more prominently and categorize content from employees.
SlideShare’s CEO Rashmi Sinha tells us that the ability to create a branded company network is part of the company’s premium offerings, which were rolled out in August. She says that since moved to a freemium model, traffic has been increasing from 30 million unique visitors in August to 40 million unique visitors in October.
As we’ve written in the past, SlideShare is branding itself as a sharing platform for professional content and is steadily gaining traction as a hub for this type of content. And bringing on a big name company like IBM as a partner is certainly a coup for the company.