Popular video sharing service and search engine Youtube has turned 5 years old and are celebrating it with a dedicated channel on Youtube to commemorate the milestone. With selected celebrity curators sharing experiences to montages and storytelling of how Youtube has changed the way the world shares video, it’s an amazing journey to go on in such a short space of time. This video from Youtube sums it up well. This also coincided with the launch of Youtube SA which will now be over at as the new localized domain.
YouTube is officially launching a localized version of the popular video site in South Africa. This custom site will provide South Africans a unique view of the largest video sharing site in the world by focusing on content relevant to them. The launch of a South African domain (http://www.youtube.co.za) makes it much faster to locate and view videos relevant to them by tweaking the underlying algorithms that control featured videos, search results, and recommendations.
For now, it links back to the .com but has a nifty new addition to the Youtube logo: The South African flag and new content catering to the South African market. There’s also the addition of Feather, which is their opt-in new stripped down version of Youtube that they’re testing. We can only assume this would roll out across Africa and in developing tech economies. All in all, this is a positive sign and goes to show Google’s renewed outlook at gaining ground in the African market. Quote via BlackWeb2.0