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TED.com

Conference Video Sharing Platform


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Published 05/15/2013 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

TED.com is a searchable resource for conference and speaker videos. The site presents a huge selection of talks, including many given by some of the most well-known public speakers in the world. Users can search for specific names or browse the collection by topic and theme. A random selection tool is also provided that lets the user choose to see anywhere from five to 60 search results by filtering with intense words like “jaw-dropping”, “fascinating” and “ingenious”. Each video is presented with a short synopsis and an area for user comments just below it. Visitors can see what other users have to say or join the conversation by contributing their thoughts. The site is designed to inspire new, exciting ideas.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The organization behind TED.com was founded as a non-profit foundation in 1984. The site’s name stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design”, which sums up much of what the video content has to offer. The current collection is enormous, with a diverse selection of topics and ideas. The website has earned high marks from reviewers and others with an interest in culture, innovation and new ideas.

What are the differences to other apps?

TED.com is unique because of its focus. Rather than presenting simple articles or a general collection of video content, the site hones in on conferences. Users can visit the site to find inspiration, learn about new ideas and share in discussions with others. The speakers and topics covered are very diverse. Many may be available on sites like YouTube, but they will be much harder to find and will not come with the same type of user community.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The TED.com website is very appealing and maintains a modern “tech” feel. The vibrant red logo and white background add variety while images of videos appear right on the homepage. The search and filter functions are very easy to use. A novice internet user will have no problem learning the site. Even the transitions on the homepage are clean and slick, with video images visibly shuffling themselves as soon as the user chooses a filter option.

How does the registration process work?

A visitor can join the TED.com community by clicking the red “Register” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The short form on the following page asks for a first and last name, email address and password. A blue “Login with Facebook” button is also available above the form for users who prefer to sign up with their social networking account.

What does it cost to use the application?

TED.com stays in line with its goal to spread worthwhile ideas by giving anyone who visits access to its content for free. Users can search and view videos without logging in, but an account provides access to additional features, including a profile page, comment posting, the ability to contact other members and favorites lists. Free is a great way to encourage more people to return and find inspiration.

Who would you recommend the application to?

TED.com is a great resource for anyone who loves to discover new ideas. The site doesn’t focus on one area however users with an interest in motivation, technology, education and design will find a large amount of interesting content. Users can also connect with like-minded people to improve ideas, ask questions and share their thoughts with a larger group. Those who enjoy the online social element will really appreciate the benefits of being a registered user.

  • Search for video clips of conferences and speakers
  • Browse speaker videos by theme or topic
  • Learn more about inspiring and unique ideas
  • Discover talks presented by many popular public figures
  • Post comments under specific speaker videos


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TED.com contact details

Telephone: 212-346-9333
Postal address:
TED Conferences LLC
250 Hudson St.
Suite 1002
New York, NY 100

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FREE - Permanently free version

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