Friday, 9 December 2011


Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, two of the three founders of YouTube
Video-sharing website YouTube officially launched its services in Nigeria on Wednesday, December 7, 2011.

The company’s reps, officials from Google Nigeria and IT buffs gathered at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos to celebrate the event.

The YouTube interface suggests which local version should be chosen on the basis of the IP address of the user which is in this case, Nigeria. Nigerian content will now be brought to the forefront for users in country, suggesting the likely videos/clips.

This also suggests that some video content might be restricted from showing in the country if copyright restrictions are filed.

A unique URL (uniform resource locator) has also been issued (

So far YouTube has launched the localized versions of its website’s interface in 36 countries. The company recently launched operations in Belgium (November 17) and Colombia (November 30).

YouTube was created in February 2005 by PayPal employees; Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. The company was later bought by Google Inc. for $1.65 billion, and now operates as a subsidiary of Google

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