TED Celebrates 1 Billion Views, Watch The First 6 TEDTalks

By Megan O'Neill 

This morning, TED is celebrating a major milestone—one billion TEDTalk views.  To commemorate this momentous occasion, TED has released an interactive timeline, starting with the first 6 TEDTalks in 2006 and carrying through today’s 1 billion views announcement.

The interactive timeline features 25 milestones from the past six years, including the million view mark in 2006, the 100 million views in 2009, the first TEDx event, 1 million Facebook fans and more, including numerous famous TEDTalks, such as the famous talk in which Bill Gates released live mosquitoes from the TED stage.

As part of the celebration, TED has launched a number of playlists, or collections of TEDTalks, put together by guests including Ben Affleck, Reggie Watts, Jill Bolte Taylor, Glenn Close and Bill Gates.

TED is also asking fans to tweet their favorite TEDTalks with the hashtag #TEDBillion.

We’ve decided to celebrate by going back in time to 2006 to share the original six TedTALKS with you.  Back in 2006, these six talks were the first TED videos to be posted on the web.  The speakers include Al Gore, David Pogue, Majora Carter, Ken Robinson, Tony Robbins and Hans Rosling.

Do you have a favorite TEDTalk?  We’d love to hear which one it is!  Please feel free to share your pick in the comments below.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.