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6 Ways to Indulge Your TED Talks Addiction (Edit: TEDx)

May 11, 2009
Photo credit: Jurvetson on Flickr

Photo credit: Jurvetson on Flickr

Edit: The curator of TED, Chris Anderson, kindly tweeted about what he would like to see in this article.  The changes have been added.

The conference, TED Talks, has been attracting significant mainstream attention, since 2007, offered videos of the lectures for viewers to stream.  TED’s success is a good example that is counter intuitive to traditional ways of doing business: giving away information can actually increase revenue.

If you have landed on this article and haven’t watched any TED Talks:

1. Open the TED Talks list in a new window

2. Watch several of these talks (currently 442)

3. Finish reading this article.

For those of you who have fully embraced your addiction to TED, and are looking for more TED, here is a list of things you can do:Show me the list!

1) Get to know

This may seem obvious, but because TED has made their videos available to download and embed to other websites, some people may be getting their dose of TED from another site (like google video or iTunes podcasts) and miss out what has to offer:

a) A community to join. There are currently 163,928 members that are part of the TED community.  You can create a profile and connect with them/view profiles and comment on the talks.

b) The TED blog.  Subscribe to the blog to receive the latest and greatest.

c) An index of speaker’s biographies.  Love a talk? Find out more about the person behind the talk.

EDIT: d) TED has since added an extensive list of languages that the talks have been translated into

2) TED on Facebook

a) The TED application for Facebook allows you to browse, view and favorite all of the videos offered by TED.  You can also invite your friends to the application.  Once your friends have the application, you  are able exchange which videos you have on your “favorites” list.

b) Become a fan of TED on Facebook. Updates from the official TED site will be posted in your Facebook Feed. You will be able to talk about your favorite talks in the “discussions” tab. Videos, photos, and other TED exclusives are available to their fans.

c) Join a TED group on Facebook.  The advantage of groups over the fan page is that groups are formed for niches.  For example, TED Talks in Farsi.

3) TED Talks on Twitter

Twitter offers a great way to enrich your TED experience.  The official feeds for Ted are @TEDTalks, @TEDPrize and @TEDPalmsprings.  You can also follow the curator Chris Anderson @TEDChris.   Following these accounts is a great way to get updates on what is happening with TED.  Additionally, speakers at TED often have Twitter accounts posted in their TED bio.  For example, if you were blown away by Eric Lewis’s rendition of “Going Under” and would like to know more about what interests him, you can follow him @ELEWW.  Finally, to read what the Twitterverse is saying about TED, search the trend “#TED“.

4) TED on YouTube

If you are a heavy YouTube user, you can subscribe to TED’s official channel.  If you can help it, watch the videos directly from the TED site, as they are of higher quality relative to YouTube.

5) TED Talks on your Phone.

If you have an iPhone, TED Talks has a free application under “Education”.  This application has all of the video/audiocasts available, with the option of being able to favorite. This is probably the best ways to pass time on a bus, in a lineup, a lay over in an airport. There is a plusmo widget to add a TEDTalks audio feed to other phones.

6) TEDx

TEDx opens the TED brand to independent groups of people to organize events with the same “TED-like experience”.  This a huge step to globally exposing TED’s brand its culture of “ideas worth spreading”.  Although each TEDx event is hosted independently, TED still offers support in the way of advice, exposure on,  connections to other organizers and the ability to use the “TEDx” brand.

This is a huge opportunity to involve and engage your community, school, workplace.  If you would like to be involved in organizing a TED event in your area visit TEDx.  From there you will learn, what happens at a TEDx event, the benefits of joining TEDx, how to host your own TEDx event, choose a name, how to invite speakers and how to get a sponsor.

In case you are still not convinced, here is one of my favorite TED Talks.  I would love to hear yours!


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