OK, my earlier post was a bit premature. It’s April Fool’s Day and SlideShare played a prank on it’s users. Read about it here and watch the Twitter reactions here.

I love a good joke. I have a pretty good sense of humor. I love April Fool’s day pranks. Usually.

My favorite April Fool’s story goes something like this:

When my friend Sheila’s two children were very small, one April Fool’s Day Blair (maybe 1st gradish) said to her younger brother at the breakfast table, “Brad, look! There’s a spider on the wall.”

Of course there was no spider. It was an April Fool’s joke. Then Sheila reminded  Brad, who I think must have been pre-Kindergarten age, that April Fools is when you can say things that aren’t true, as long as what you say doesn’t hurt someone. After a few minutes Brad said enthusiastically,

“Look Blair! There’s a goat on the wall!”

I guess she forgot to tell him it should also be believable. I think of that story every year on April Fools and it still makes me laugh.

I’ll have to admit that after finding out I’d been duped, the “wind sucked out of my sails” feeling returned. But only for a moment. I’m still a SlideShare fan and will upload another presentation this week – What Chamber Professionals Should Know About Social Media.

I’m wondering, will some folks be put out? Is this a harmless prank? Is it a brilliant PR stunt? I mean, lots of folks will be talking about SlideShare today and some, like me, might write about it before they realize it’s a prank. But in the end, is it PR with a cost? Does this in any way lessen the trust that some users will now have in SlideShare?

Am I thinking it too much? Is it just PMS? I’ll let you know after I’ve had a good cry. ;-)

In reality, maybe this isn’t about SlideShare at all. Maybe God is still working on my pride.