The Next Web points us to a fascinating new site on github that lets users search for YouTube videos based on the area in which they were shot. While geolocation data for videos isn’t as prevalent as it is for, say, photos, it’s still an interesting tool that’s worth exploring as a means to discover crazy, weird, and low-production footage that may have been shot right in your backyard.
In addition to being able to enter in a particular city or even a specific address into the search bar, the site also lets users filter videos depending on how recently they were filmed. So, for instance, if you want to see what videos that were filmed near Anchorage, Alaska over the past week, you can do so with ease. Advanced search filters also allow users to search by keywords and within a certain designated radius.
As for the impetus behind creating the clever search tool, the developer notes that it might be a helpful resource for reporters:
This reference implementation was developed as a simple model of how News organizations could use Google APIs to help find citizen journalism on YouTube. It uses YouTube and Google APIs to generate location based search results which are stack ranked by upload time. The code is open-source so that others can build from it.
Needless to say, the site, which is being run as sort of a YouTube experiment on GitHub, isn’t officially supported by Google. But that, of course, hasn’t stopped enterprising Internet goers from finding all sorts of oddities that would have likely gone completely undiscovered.
One of the more interesting finds involves video of a man who, while fishing, loses a catch after a dog runs up and tries get the fish himself.
Another strange video was stumbled upon when someone in Brazil happened upon a video consisting of people in a school gymnasium dressed up in Japanese feudal attire and fighting with katana swords.