Hailed as one of the best document-uploading websites, you don’t have to be managing business documents to benefit from all that Scribd.com has to offer. Unlike other web applications that focus solely on business’ needs for online document uploading, Scribd extends far beyond the corporate world, allowing anyone to upload nearly any kind of document imaginable and giving you the ability to self-publish your original materials for free.
Once you register for a free account, Scribd makes it extremely easy for you to start uploading your files. After the document is on the website, you can describe in as much detail as you would like and can even make it private if you do not want the entire Scribd community to see it. Those pieces that you do make available to the public, however, can be viewed, commented on, and even deemed a “favorite” or a “like” by others, which can help boost your piece’s visibility in the Scribd community. Each document can be easily embedded into social networking profiles like MySpace and Facebook, posted to a social bookmarking site like Digg or Del.icio.us or directly downloaded to your computer with a click of a button.
Like any other social networking site, Scribd provides opportunities to form groups within the user community. Not only do groups provide an excellent way to connect with friends and like-minded people, but they also create a system for organizing content. Groups can be formed around a certain cluster of individuals, for example a certain school or organization, or they can be created to focus on a certain interest such as creative nonfiction or photography. You can also create your own group to fit your own needs or interests, and like any of your documents, your groups can be deemed either public or private.
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