YouTube goes local
Media reports say YouTube is on a campaign to encourage more content from Chandigarh. Earlier reports, from late in 2016, say that YouTube users can now watch more Indian language content. The way of doing this is for YouTube to show more regional language content on the Home and Trending sections of the service.
Once you log in, your language gets identified, and YouTube would give out more content relevant to you. Google has suggested that the language selection is based on your ‘watch history’. But you can set it yourself too.
Google’s support says: “You have the option to select your language and content location on YouTube on your computer and mobile web, and the option to select your content location on the YouTube mobile app. Language settings change the text that appears, while location impacts the types of videos that are recommended and trending.”
YouTube adds that it is “constantly expanding the ability for the product to reach more users.” But: If YouTube cannot find your country, the content location default is United States.
As diversity grows online, it’s useful for global players to pay more attention to local needs.
By way of background, YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. It was created by three former PayPal employees — Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim — in February 2005. Not much after a year later, it was bought by Google for US$1.65 billion, and now operates as one of Google’s subsidiaries.
Some figures: YouTube claims to have over a billion users — almost one-third of all people on the Internet — and everyday people watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube and generate billions of views.
YouTube says it is localized in 88 countries and can be accessed in 76 different languages, which covers 95% of the world’s internet population.
This is a way to keep track of what Facebook knows about you. Check the Data Selfie. Flowingdata.com tells you that Facebook logs data about you and how you use their application. So, “Data Selfie is a Chrome extension that attempts to log similar data about you so that you can see what Facebook sees.”
The data stays local on your computer, and you can export it or delete it. You also get a dashboard view of the data with what you liked, viewed, and inferences based on a combination of machine learning algorithms.
This is a site which helps “people answer questions, solve problems, learn something new and get inspired”. Two recent factoids which were on it recently: Since 1929— the year of the very 1st Academy Awards—only one woman has ever won the Academy Award for Best Director. http://abt.cm/2lkcIfp
Before tanks, battles were fought with war elephants. http://abt.cm/2kMmOFf
The India travel section is here http://goindia.about.com/
Radio, via Twitter
World Radio Day was just a few days ago. In case you’re one of who still loves this medium, check out some Twitter radio links:
All India Radio @AkashvaniAIR
All India Radio News @airnewsalerts
Red FM @RedFMIndia
Radio One @943RadioOne
And this link via Google Play takes you to live FM radio stations in India: http://bit.ly/2lnjJMD
Facebookadda.com claims to be “the best local online shopping website”. On coming across this claim, I felt tempted to check it out. It offers links to computers, mobiles and tablets, audio and video, kitchen and home, baby, clothing, bags, watches, jewellery, shoes, fitness, beauty and photography. Simple and efficient design. But when it comes to its claim, not sure how many would agree. Looks more like a site that’s getting started or am I missing something?