A YouTube statistics site is charting the ways YouTube creators in specific categories interact with each other through their new Network Graphs.
StatSheep.com’s graphs, which resemble a cluster of multi-colored paint drops on a canvas, currently focus on the music and gaming-themed channels and show the relationships between those channels as densely populated areas or clusters. A channel is considered a node, and StatSheep denotes a relationship between them by connecting them with a thin, faint line. The more relationships a YouTube channel has on the chart, the bigger the cluster.
Aaron Newell, CEO and co-founder of StatSheep, explained the purpose of these graphs to NMR: “The graphs are our early attempt at visualizing the various YouTube communities within the Music/Game industries.”
He added: “The graph is useful in the sense that it allows you to visually tell who the most connected YouTube channels are within a network.”
Newell said that StatSheep began working on the Network Graphs a couple of years ago through a user’s suggestion: “We then began researching network graphs and how they were being used so that we could learn how to apply them to YouTube. We then started collecting data that would help build these graphs. At that time we couldn’t find the right graphing library to make it easy for us to publish so we held off on releasing. We finally found some tools that make the process a lot easier to publish this data and now we are somewhat extending our services into YouTube network visualizations.”
He hopes that these graphs would help correlate viewers and subscribers based on a YouTube creator’s network community and added: “It’s definitely a great way to see who knows who. And maybe, it’s even a great way to find who you should get to know.”
To see these relationships in action, check out StatSheep’s graphs by clicking here.
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