New “Surprise Me” feature available on TED web site

TED, a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, has developed a new “Surprise Me” feature that creates a video playlist for you depending on how much time you have and what type of video you want to watch (choices are: jaw dropping, persuasive, courageous, ingenious, fascinating, inspiring, beautiful, funny, or informative). Playlists can be 5-60 minutes long (in 5 minute increments).

TEDTalks are usually between five and eighteen minutes long and cover a wide variety of topics. More than 900 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.

According to the post on the TED Blog:

Once you’ve customized your playlist, you can watch it in our new theater-style player, where the talks run continuously. It features three viewing sizes, support for 720p high-resolution video in full-screen mode, and back-end technology that continually detects your bandwidth, adjusting the video quality level over time to ensure smooth playback.

If you haven’t discovered TED yet, I suggest checking out A Greener Future, a collection of TEDTalks related to sustainability. Or give their new “Surprise Me” feature a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

About Laura B.

Laura L. Barnes is ISTC's Sustainability Information Curator and Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLPPR). She also created and authors Environmental News Bits (
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