Greetings from a very warm Jakarta, where we just announced the opening of a brand new domain for Indonesia at www.youtube.co.id to become the 46th country with an official local version of YouTube.
YouTube is already available in the official language Bahasa Indonesia, and now having a Indonesia-specific homepage means we can bring the 237 million citizens the most relevant videos for Indonesians and highlight great content from our local partners such as Kompas, Aquarius Musikindo, Nagaswara, Trinity, GP Records, and Musica Studios.
To celebrate the launch, we had amazing live performances from some of the top Indonesian music acts, such as rockers Ungu, male pop vocalist Vidi Aldiano, alternative pop band Nidji, acoustic singer-songwriter Sheryl, female-fronted stadium rockers Kotak, singing and dancing boy band XO-IX, laid-back funk band Soul of Magnolia, and giant idol collective JKT48. Here’s a few of these stars and some other special guests:
We’ve already seen new talent in Indonesia using the power of video to build audiences and careers. “Dancing Cop” Briptu Norman turned his popular Bollywood lip-synching video into national fame. Brother-and-sister act Gamaliel & Audrey went from covering Lady Gaga out of their bedrooms, to complicated a capella versions of Chris Brown, to now working in a studio on an album.
If you’re in Indonesia, YouTube will automatically start you on the Indonesia homepage. If you’re out of the country and interested in Indonesian content, just select “Indonesia” in the Location section at the bottom of the page. To all our YouTube viewers and creators from Indonesia and Indonesians around the world, selamat datang!
Krishna Zulkarnain, country marketing manager, recently watched “Transformer-nya Indonesia.”
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