[lg policy] YouTube Globalization Continues with Five New Languages

Gareth Price garethowenprice at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 26 01:59:59 UTC 2010

Google’s YouTube just reached more of the planet, with Wednesday’s
release of native-language versions available for four more of the
world’s languages, for a total of 28.

The new tongues are Croatian, Filipino, Serbian and Slovak. Hebrew was
on the list at one point too, but its right-to-left orientation
presents a formidable localization challenge. YouTube hopes to add as
many as 12 more localized versions by the end of 2010 — part of a
major trend since the then-English-only site expanded to Europe and
Japan in 2007, and one which YouTube apparently intends to continue,
as shown by the arrow pointing up and to the right on the chart above.

Read More: http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/08/youtube-globalization-continues-with-five-new-languages-exclusive/#ixzz0xfntUQ2u

Dr. Gareth Price
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
316 Languages Building, Box 90259
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0259

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