Living online: Today’s TEDTalks playlist

(TED’s on its annual two-week vacation; during the break, we’re posting new playlists from the TEDTalks archive.)

Chances are, you live a plugged-in life. We connect with Facebook, share through Twitter, watch on YouTube, learn from Google. Today’s playlist explores what it means to live online. We start with a blogging visionary — SixApart’s Mena Trott, the founding mother of the blog revolution. She talks about finding community, relationships and a healthy dose of narcissism in the blogosphere:

  • Clay Shirky encourages the world to spend its trillion-plus hours of free time making cool things online:

  • Evan Williams shows how 140 characters can give voice to natural disasters and thirsty plants — and maybe change the world.

  • Kevin Kelly marvels at what the web has become in only 5,000 days. What should we expect from the next phase of its life … and how will we keep up?

  • What are your favorite stories about our online lives in the TEDTalks archive? Add your suggestions for this playlist to the comments below, or email with the subject PLAYLIST: ONLINE. (Jog your memory with the TEDTalks spreadsheet.)

    And look for fresh TEDTalks starting August 16.

    Curator of this playlist: Rachel Tobias