Sharing videos globally

If you thought YouTube was strictly an American phenomenon, think again. 


Fruzsina Eördögh

Internet Culture

Published Nov 7, 2011   Updated Jun 3, 2021, 1:35 am CDT

YouTube, the six-year-old video-sharing site based in California, has an undeniably large International footprint. But just how much traffic visiting the site comes from outside the United States?

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“70 percent of [all] traffic comes from outside the U.S.,” a YouTube spokesman told the Daily Dot via e-mail.  

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And 60 percent of users access the site in a language other than English, a YouTube spokesperson told Gigaom last week.

Those amounts makes sense, when you consider the video platform’s critical role in housing footage of the Middle Eastern uprisings, including Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s death.

And the latest pop song out of South Korea or Japan is consistently on the top of the most viewed YouTube charts for days.

YouTubers can now view the site in 51 languages, the most recent being IsiZulu and Afrikaans, according to YouTube’s official blog.  YouTube has localized the site to 35 countries, the most recent being Kenya, Singapore and the Philippines, the blog states.

World domination, anyone?

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*First Published: Nov 7, 2011, 7:37 pm CST