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News YouTube goes international

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 19 Jun 2007.

  1. Tim S

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  2. David_Fitzy

    David_Fitzy I modded a keyboard once....

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    No Chinese version for one reason, if the Chinese can understand youtube they'll start using it. Chinese censors will then block the site, a total waste of time for youtube.
     
  3. Tim S

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    Of course, and I guess that's something I should have thought of. However, I think there's definitely a market there and I think that there can be appropriate content management in place (similar to the anti-copyright measures YouTube currently has).
     
  4. DXR_13KE

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    no Portugal at the moment...... :( bah. even if there was i would still use the English version.
     
  5. iBoosh

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    You'll also find that English is considered to be the widest used language. China might be a big country, but Chinese is not it's only language.
     
  6. Tim S

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    Unfortunately, it's not.

    Chinese is the most widely spoken language with over 1.3 billion people speaking the various dialects fluently - there's not just Mandarin (the official dialect), there's also Cantonese, Min Nan, Wu, Xiang, Hakka and Gan. However, all of the dialects just use different tones, and as far as I am aware the actual characters are the same (this is at least the case with Mandarin, Cantonese, Min Nan and Hakka) - therefore written Chinese is the most widely used language in the world.

    English is spoken (to some level of competence, although not fluently) by around 20 percent of the world's population but only around 500m use English as either first or second language, while Mandarin Chinese is spoken by well over 1 billion as their primary language and another 20m as their secondary language.

    English is spoken in more countries than Chinese and this is why it is recognised as the dominant international language (72 countries recognise it as an official language), but when it comes to the number of people that speak the languages, Chinese is an order of magnitude bigger.
     
  7. iBoosh

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    Cut 'n' paste for the win!
     
  8. Tim S

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    It's matter of fact, I'm merely backing up the reality with actual data - there are several sources that back up the data too. Do a quick search on Google if you don't believe the data. :rolleyes:

    English is the most widespread language (thanks to the British Empire), but Chinese is spoken/written by at least twice as many people.
     
  9. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    So iBoosh was right, it's the most widely used (in terms of #countries) but Mandarin is the most spoken language.

    Anyway this is going OT.
     
  10. quack

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    Why would I, as someone in the UK, want to use the UK site instead of the US one?
     
  11. Tim S

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    Localised content I guess :)

    The most widely spoken in terms of percentage of the world's population (which is what I was referring to, since this story is about localised YouTube portals) is Chinese. I'm not denying that English is recognised (and spoken in) more countries than Chinese. ;)
     
  12. David_Fitzy

    David_Fitzy I modded a keyboard once....

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    Arrg You're all arguing against each other with the same point. Why has the forum turned into a reader vs. writer arena.

    A chinese version would definately be a good choice looking at numbers alone, but it's web two point oh, freedom of speech unleashed on the Chinese masses, easy communication of ideas, even with content control I don't think the Chinese government will like it and will just add it to their block list.
     
  13. Amon

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    This is what you'll find on Youtube Japan:

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    J-Pop/J-Rock

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    Pseudo-legal expressway driving

    You'll only find anime uploaded by American users, ironically.
     
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  14. Zephyr

    Zephyr Go V-Boy, Go!

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    As you've said yourself, it's not the most widely used language, it's the most used language by population. Your article is wrong. Also, "The most widely spoken in terms of percentage of the world's population" is a statement in direct contradiction with itself. Most widely spoken != in terms of percentage. In how many locations on the globe it's spoken is one thing, how many people on the globe speak it is a completely different statistic.
     
  15. Cabe6403

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    I hope this doesn't affect the search functionality. If I'm searching for a video of something on YouTube I don't want it limited to UK videos.
     
  16. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Localised adverts you mean? Remember Google is an advertising company.
     
  17. completemadness

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    Your wikipedia link, when you get down to it goes to
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers
    However, this has a 15 page dispute, and both figures are estimates (it doesn't list how its estimated these figures, nor what they are based on)
    1 small quote
    secondly
    http://www2.ignatius.edu/faculty/turner/worldlang.htm
    The latest data is from 1999, probably just at the begging of the computer boom, this data is 8 years out of date, and the world has dramatically changed in that time

    Edit:
    Kinda missed the point researching this (and doing this post like 3 times)
    However, there do seem to be complaints that Mandarin has many different varieties, indistinguishable from each other

    Only Google knows why they didn't release a chinese version of youtube
     
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