Ranking TED Talks

Everyone likes TED Talks, especially the free-to-share Creative Commons license they come with. Everyone likes it free, that's for sure.

One asks however, when time constraint is a valid excuse, which TED Talks are actually worth watching? PostRank Labs has recently launched an exhaustive analysis for this purpose.

The company continuously monitors, collects, and summarizes data from Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz, Google Reader, Delicious, Reddit, Digg, and other sharing sites to determine the most engaging of the bunch. PostRank then updates its report on its website and this Google Doc spreadsheet.

Below are the three most engaging TED videos to date:

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009)

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology (2009)

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps (2010)

Personally, I'd recommend talks by Hans Rosling, Elizabeth Pisani, and Helen Fisher, but I'll reserve their brilliant ideas for later posts.

Most recent TED Talks as seen from the TED Translators Dashboard

Lastly, I am inviting you to become a TED Translator! Spreading the message across language barriers is a noble cause. This project needs multi-lingual people to translate English talks into other languages, such as Filipino, Tagalog, and Cebuano. I'm actually very eager to start the Cebuano group, and we have translated 2 videos already. There are other local languages that are up-and-coming as well. I saw Ilocano, Bicolano, and Ilonggo on the list. I just think what they need is a little push. Whatever language you feel comfortable working with, just contact me and I will do my best to help!

Do help promote your country; represent!