SlideShare’s new Terms of Service [link is to email sent to subscribers, site has not been updated], clearly outlines that in the future,
Your LinkedIn account will power a richer experience on our service, and in the future may be prioritized over other sign-up or log-in options on SlideShare.
Like most, I was on LinkedIn. Then they got hacked and bumbled how they handled the hack. As I never used LinkedIn at all after the initial set up as I never found it useful or helpful, it seemed silly to keep a service that I barely used and had terrible security practices, so I dumped it.
As I was not aware that SlideShare was part of the LinkedIn “family” (why does marketing keep trying to push The Walton’s ideology of closeness and goody-too shoes on to everything? How many people will even get that reference?) and I would not have felt as irritated it were not for the line of “prioritized over other sign-up or log-in options” in their latest missive. I am not going to create an account with a shitty service who can’t keep their security audited to keep using a less than optimal service that I was not thrilled to use in the first place.
So I decided it was time to move my decks from SlideShare to something else, and I remembered there was a operator within Google that you can use to find similar products/pages/services. But as I couldn’t remember the operator, I started out with typing “better than” and got the following:
I made sure to capture the fact that I was logged into Google when I did the search, since Google relies on your search history when it comes back with recommendations. Now it really makes you wonder what the hell I’ve been looking for in the past to get such a bizarre assortment of recommendations.
And oh, the operator? It’s vs. Searching slideshare vs brought up a whole slew of alternatives to SlideShare and I’m porting everything over to Speaker Deck.
P.S. Yes, I’m aware the SSL on the site has expired. I have not had time to update the cert, which I will be doing sometime next few days.