PostRank, the recent Google acquisition in the real-time social-networking data analytics space, recently compiled a list of the most popular TED presentations. The experiment aims to see which speakers are most popular by topic (i.e., technology, entertainment, business, etc.) and network (i.e., Twitter, Delicious, Facebook, Reddit, etc.). There are a few surprises but I don’t think it stunned anyone to see that Pranav Mistry’s talk on Sixth Sense was first in the Technology and Design categories (I was pretty impressed when I saw him at Cognizant Community 2011) or that Julian Assange was strongly favored in Global Issues. I would highly recommend checking out (below) the interesting videos by Dan Pink, Jason Fried, David Merrill, and Jane McGonigal that are truly “ideas worth spreading” that were also highly ranked but don’t often get top billing.
They’re all tremendously thought provoking discussions in their own right although I have to admit a certain bias to those (e.g., Merrill and McGonigal) that are focused on how mainstream technology can be re-purposed to solve some of the weightier problems facing the world today.