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YouTube, Localisation… What’s the time?

Posted by danblog on April 3, 2009 in Ranting, YouTube |

I was supposed to write and post this a few days ago when it was more relevant but, its still at thing which bugged me and will come up again when YouTube next have maintenance time.

So when YouTube put up their maintenance notice (shown below) in the evening on the 31st preparing to go into “maintenance” to (presumably) sort out their April fools prank of flipping things upside down, and fixing something to do with video ratings, at least that’s what i think as all ratings were disabled before the maintenance which isn’t usually done unless they have the tool kit and are having a play with things.

YouTube Scheduled Maintenance Notice

I noticed something which bugged me a little because its something which always frustrates me when sites and in particular sites like YouTube which i use a lot obviously put a lot of effort (or claim to) in localising the content to its users – not the annoying box asking me which country settings i want for the 4 millionth time – and yet for some reason YouTube have neglected to add a very simple line if that of code to show the time of maintenance in MY local time. I simply ask, why? I am in the UK so i work of BST (British Summer Time) / GMT but the time gets displayed as PDT which means for me to know what time YouTube is opening their tool kit i need to then waste 5 minutes trying to find out what “7:00 pm PDT” is in my local time, when YouTube themselves can do this without a second thought.

So YouTube. Why? Why not make things simple and easy for your users?

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