SlideShare App, Hong Kong Protests and Surrendered Information | This Week in Social Media

SlideShareSlideShare gets an app

After more than two years, SlideShare, LinkedIn’s content and presentation-sharing platform, now has an app of its own. It appears to be the latest move in LinkedIn’s push for prominence among social media platforms.

The new app allows you to like, upload and save presentations as well as view presentations from friends or those in your professional network, tying LinkedIn’s social graph into the design. LinkedIn claims there are already more than 15 million presentations available for viewing, which could be valuable for companies and colleagues collaborating and sharing presentations with one another or clients. The app is currently free and only available as an iOS app.

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution

Pro-Democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong are finding different ways to communicate in the wake of China’s crackdown on social media to dispel recent protests. Called the “Umbrella Revolution,” and paying homage to the umbrellas many protesters use to shield themselves from pepper spray, many are using apps like FireChat that allow phones to act as a mini-transmitter using Bluetooth signals. This has permitted organizers to stay a step ahead of and work around the blocking out of several social media sites (like Facebook and Instagram) and the censoring of posts by the officials in Beijing.

Ooh, a cookie!

Finally, while it isn’t terribly shocking, a new (unscientific) study in New York found 380 people were willing to give up some of their personal information for just one homemade cookie. What kind of information? Partial social security numbers, fingerprints, mothers’ maiden names and other data that could be used to bypass security settings on things like social networks and online bank accounts.

The experiment called “Please Enable Cookies,” artist Risa Puno essentially highlighted what many people suspected: that many people are unaware of just how valuable their personal information is rally worth and what it could be used for. Puno said that the information was freely given even when she refused to tell people what the information would be used for. Scary.