By TINOTENDA SAMUKANGE
Renowned Bulawayo-based web-designer Donald Chabata, known as Tyga Sparta, has developed a Zimbabwean video-sharing website titled ZimboTube which is similar to the globally popular, Google-owned YouTube.
ZimboTube, just like YouTube, allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to playlists, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users.
Speaking about the initiative, Chabata said he realised the demand for YouTube by Zimbabweans and thought of the idea of creating a similar website that can cater for the locals.
“I saw that YouTube was in demand by Zimbabweans and realised that we also have what it takes to create such an application or website and I went for it, here it is, ZimboTube is now live” he said
“Just like what YouTube, does our own ZimboTube also offers a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos. Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, live streams, and other content such as video blogging.”
ZimboTube is software as a service (SaaS) business, and offers subscription plans that service various customer segments.
Speaking about the most recognised platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Chabata said the websites were created by individuals and they got full support from their nations now they have become the most recognised brands.
“We have great initiatives such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. They were all started by individuals, but look at them now, they have become bigger brands. I want to urge my fellow countrymen to embrace their own so that we can move mountains together,” he said
YouTube was created by three former PayPal employees — Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim — in February 2005 and a year later Google bought the site for US$1,65 billion and now it operates as one of Google’s subsidiaries.
ZimboTube website has different user features such as upload videos that allows a user to upload any video from their device and share it online.
The import videos function allows users to import videos easily from YouTube, Dailymotion and Vimeo, while auto import videos allow users to choose few keywords, run the task, sit back and thousands of videos will be imported from YouTube and Dailymotion to your site.