Happy 7th anniversary, TED.com! A throwback look at the early days

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Originally posted on TED Blog:

Early-launch-page

Behold, what TED.com looked like on day one.

Step with me for a minute into an internet time machine. The date: June 27, 2006. The event: the first six TED Talks being posted online.

“Today, for the first time ever, we’re thrilled to present some of the most remarkable talks from TEDs past,” reads a blog post from Chris Anderson written on that day. (The image above shows exactly what the site looked like then, and you can watch a playlist of those first six talks below.) “It’s a big moment for us: Until now, the TED experience has been limited to 1,000 people each year. But we passionately believe that these talks deserve a much wider audience.”

The idea was to post a new talk every week. By September 2006, TED Talks had been viewed over a million times. In April 2007, TED.com was relaunched around the concept of…

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