TEDTalks: 5 years and 500 million served

Posted by: June Cohen

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On June 27, 2006, we flipped the switch on TEDTalks, bringing talks from TED to the world for the first time. It was early days for online video — YouTube was just a year old; the video iPod had been around for six months — so we launched with six talks and modest goals, and have been amazed by what’s happened since. Five years and nearly 1,000 videos later, TEDTalks have been watched 500 million times, and translated into 81 languages by volunteers worldwide.

In fact, we’ve seen a number of key milestones in the last month: We welcomed our millionth fan on Facebook and our millionth iPad app download, and marked the 2000th TEDx event.

We’re filled with gratitude for the global community that has made all of this possible: the TEDx organizers, the translators, the corporate partners who support our work, the speakers who offered the world their words, and the wider TED community, who amplify the talks, and continually energize us with their own ideas.

To honor this global community, today we’re launching our first talk on TED.com delivered in a language other than English. (It has English subtitles by default.) It’s a powerful talk from a TEDx in San Miguel de Allende, in which Emiliano Salinas confronts the culture of violence and fear in Mexico — and calls on ordinary citizens to stand up, one by one, against terror and corruption. Thanks to the growing global reach of TEDx, and our army of translators, we can expect to see great talks in many different languages in the future.

As we approach the next five years, we’re thrilled by the prospect of sharing the best speakers in any language.

And we’d love to hear from you! Jump in to our Twitter feed or Facebook fan page and answer the question: Why do YOU watch TEDTalks?

Photo: TED / James Duncan Davidson

Comments (11)

  • James Hu commented on Jun 15 2012

    What I enjoy the most about TED is that the presenters are kind of like thought painters reflecting Earth’s beautiful gifts.

  • Anthony Adamczyk commented on Jul 2 2011

    TED is my primary resource for timely videos to share with my students. I teach Computer Aided Drafting at a Technical High School and I often incorporate a TED Talk into my plans. They help me teach engineering and design but also how math, science, and technology interact with our lives, society, politics, and future. Not all of my students “get it” – yet.

  • Jackie Smith commented on Jul 2 2011

    TED keeps me thinking about things I didn’t even realise existed. It is now our family dinner time viewing. It starts conversations with our kids that expands our minds and engages us all.We are more broad minded because of it. Thanks TED.

  • Tushar Tamhane commented on Jul 1 2011

    Extremely motivating, inspiring . . . which almost forces one to come out of the comfort zone. have been sharing the name, weblink, etc etc . . with anyone who will care to LISTEN. Just TERRIFIC ! Please keep up the momentum and continue to engage and discover the Hidden GEMS of the WORLD.

  • Dulce Vasconcellos commented on Jul 1 2011

    Sincere congrats for your extraordinary work, TED’s success is to everybody’s benefit, worldwide.
    For the last couple of years, I had been wondering if you were going or not to select and share non-English speaking TEDx talks. I am so glad the frst one has finally been posted and look very much forward to the next ones.
    Thank you!

  • Stephen Collins commented on Jun 30 2011

    Being a part of the TED family as an attendee and TEDx organiser has made a big difference to many parts of my life. Thank you TED, as you are making a real difference in the world with the important work you do.

  • bob sauerbrey commented on Jun 29 2011

    Congratulations, TED. You’ve made this a better world by promoting promising ideas and helping to implement them. Keep up the marvelous work.

  • Promod Sharma commented on Jun 29 2011

    What a milestone! I’m so glad the videos are available online for free.

    TED.com sets an ever-higher standard for those who wish to excel in front of an audience. As curator Chris says, that’s Crowd-Accelerated Innovation (http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/12/ff_tedvideos/)

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  • Bernd Fesel commented on Jun 28 2011

    Congratulations! For me TED has become my digital home.

    I believe TED has paved the road for next 5 great years by turning to more community participation and social advocay today. Promoting Emiliano Salinas on its 5th anniversary is a beacon !

    My birthday present is an article I wrote on gain and pain of being a leader in the digital world: http://tinyurl.com/3oo3xnk

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