The Top 3 Most Engaging TED Talks

May 7th, 2010 by Chris Hogg Leave a reply »

I’m a huge fan of TED talks. I’ve written about the world-famous conference in the past, and will continue to share videos I find inspiring, thought-provoking and interesting.

For those of you not familiar with TED, it stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design,” three subject areas that are shaping the future. Every year, some of the world’s greatest thinkers gather at TED to share their ideas via a 20-minute talk. The talks are popular in person, and online they’ve been viewed more than 250 million times, the TED blog says.

As a stat geek myself, I found this Postrank article to be particularly interesting.

“One of the benefits of aggregating tens of millions of engagement events every day is that it gives us here at PostRank ranking data that is applicable to virtually any resource on the web,” writes Postrank’s Ilya Grigorik. “We decided to run a quick experiment to determine what the most engaging TED talk is. We also wanted to know if the talks are consistent, or if they vary among different social networks.”

All the data is available here in a Google Spreadsheet, but below are the top 3 most engaging TED talks. And for those curious about who likes what: “Reddit readers seem to have a science bias, whereas Digg users love to digg visual presentations.”

1) Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

2) Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps

3) Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

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