New TED site for the rest of us to join the conversation
April 16, 2007
“With the launch of our new website, we’re really saying to the world: We want to share with you our best content for free, and we want you to connect with like-minded people inspired by these talks. In other words, we see the site as a way of dramatically expanding our community from the 1000 people who attend the conference to millions of knowledge seekers around the globe.”
Some of the most interesting features:
- chapter-marking technology that lets users find and skip to key moments in a given talk
- ratings system more nuanced than the typical 5-star approach, allowing users to describe talks with adjectives
- high-resolution video that can be viewed online or downloaded for playback on a computer, iPod or set-top box
- detailed talk summaries and speaker biographies to provide more context around each talk
- innovative ways to browse talks, which are grouped into TED-like themes, such as “Inspired by Nature,” “How the Mind Works” and “Tales of Invention”
- social-networking tools—including Profile Pages, Comments and Favorites—that allow for interaction among members of the extended TED community
Many of the talks are so dense and often resound with each other: having tools to mark, rate, annotate, and link them can surely enhance their value.
I am looking forward to explore the new site, what it has to offer, and most of all I’m thrilled by the potential of an enlarged community that may build around it.