You don't have to sign up for an account on TED.com in order to watch TED.com videos. But there's no cost to doing so, and it gives you access to certain other functions, such as leaving comments on videos or adding them to playlists or your "Favourites" list. Since it might be worth your while, we'll show you how to do it here.
Go to www.ted.com in your web browser and click Sign Up in the top-right corner.
If you have an account on Facebook, you can click Sign Up with Facebook, log into your Facebook account, and use your information on that account for your TED.com one.
If you want to do things the old-fashioned way, click in each of the boxes to the right and type in:
- Your first name
- Your last name
- Your email address
- A password to protect your account with (it has to be at least 6 characters long)
You can also click the check boxes here and mark them if you want to receive email newsletters from TED.com; we'll discuss a little bit more about these in our Other Ways to Use TED.com tutorial.
(NOTE: You may be asked to complete a security check before continuing. If you are, click in the box labelled "Type the Text in the Image Above" and type the numbers or words that you see in the picture that appears.)
When you're all set, click Create Your Account.
You will be asked to verify your TED.com account, and be informed that you have been sent an email that will allow you to do so. Go to your email client and log in, then find the email from TED labelled "Please Verify Your Email Address" and click it to open it.
Simply click the blue hyperlink inside the email (blurred out here for privacy reasons) to confirm your TED.com account.
After you've verified your TED.com account, click Continue. You will be taken back to the TED.com home page.
There you go! You're all set to use TED.com.
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