One billion. That’s a thousand millions. In other words, the number of seconds contained in 31 and a half years. The population of the continent of Africa, as of 2011. The number of inches that would stretch halfway across the Earth. And the number of users of Facebook hit in October.
Our curator Chris Anderson says of this milestone, “The spread of TED Talks across languages and borders suggests that intellectual curiosity is demonstrably alive and well. Maybe the Internet isn’t dumbing us down after all.”
To mark this event, we’d love to hear from you. Below, two hashtags currently gaining steam on Twitter: #TEDBillion and #topTED.
With this hashtag, share the TED Talk that has just never quite gotten out of your head. Has a TED Talk ever changed your life? Have you seen a TED Talk impact a community or individual? What’s the one talk you want everyone to watch next?
Mubnii Morshed (@mubnii) November 13, 2012
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Jon Gill (@OnTheSuperFly) November 13, 2012
John Cary (@johncary) November 13, 2012
Imandeep Kaur (@ImmyKaur) November 13, 2012
Renee Deserae (@Renee_Deserae) November 13, 2012
With this hashtag, talk about our newly launched Playlists section. Is there a topic playlist that’s calling your name? Or is one of our guest-curated playlists piquing your interest? You can make a playlist of your own by giving speakers names or, as always, share your favorite talk.
Gabrielle Scrimshaw (@GabScrimshaw) November 13, 2012
#TopTED Favorite music: Andrew Bird, Imogen Heap, and of course Reggie Watts—
Matthew Makeshift (@MatthewTonner) November 13, 2012
Kate Torgovnick (@TheKateBook) November 13, 2012
Bert Fentress (@GeekInfoNow) November 13, 2012
Blair MacIntyre (@blairmacintyre) November 13, 2012