Have you seen the video of the deer crashing through the bus window?
Judging by a YouTube trends map launched in May, and Internet users’ growing appetite for streaming video, there’s a good chance the answer is “yes.”
The video-sharing site draws 1 billion worldwide viewers monthly. One analysis pegged it as occupier of 17 percent of Internet bandwidth in North America during peak use periods.
The new trends map (www.youtube.com/ trendsmap) draws on demographics reported by YouTube account holders in the United States and shows the most popular videos in cities nationwide on any given day.
The rankings, which can be broken down by gender and age group, are based on the number of views.
There’s plenty of common interest, but regional flavors surface. While a George Jones tribute video dominated Tennessee one recent afternoon, San Diego was fixated on a new koala exhibit at its renowned zoo.
Given our apparently universal enchantment with animals, local critters sometimes grab the spotlight. A video of “Two lynx having a conversation near Sawbill Lake” popped up among the trendy clips in Minnesota one afternoon. Another day, “Wolf harassed by coyotes ... and bison join in!” was among the top picks in Montana.
Geography might offer some insight into our tastes, but even YouTube is puzzled by the choices of teens, judging by an FAQ posted along with the trends map:
“Why is ____ video so popular with 13-17 year old females? No one will ever know. ... ” □