The Townsville Fire are a WNBL team. Like the Bendigo Spirit, there is a small community of people who have uploaded videos featuring the team on YouTube. Both have three people who have uploaded a total of four videos. There is one person in common between the two groups: bbax222. The other two people are timtufuga and Ambalina1989. timtufuga has uploaded a number of videos featuring WNBL teams. Ambalina1989 has not. Three of these videos were posted during 2009/2010 season: 1 in October, 1 in November and 1 in December. The last video was uploaded in March 2008 and features the team’s dance squad. The four videos that were uploaded have had very few views. The most watched video is TOWNSVILLE McCAFE FIRE: Rachael Flanagan (interviewed by Jes ) and it has 60 less views than the most popular Bendigo Bombers video. So far, people just don’t seem to be keen on watching or uploading WNBL videos to YouTube.
The YouTube community again appears to be one of the biggest outside of Facebook. (Bebo has two people who list them as an interest.) The Facebook community size is again not based on people listing the team as an interest (important if you are a team and wanting to direct advertising at them) and is instead based on group and fanpage size.
The Bendigo Spirit are a WNBL team based in Bendigo, Victoria. There aren’t many videos featuring the team on Youtube. I’ve found a total of four uploaded by three people. Of these four videos, two were uploaded in June 2008 and two were uploaded in October 2009. Dates for video uploading thus appear random or likely coincide with the start and end of the WNBL season. The two June videos were uploaded by an account that was probably created by the team, where no one as logged into it in the past three months. The other two videos were uploaded by two different individuals. Both of those individuals were interested in Australian basketball: Luuuc who has a lot of NBL videos and bbax222 who has a lot of Australian national basketball team videos and WNBL related videos. The most views for a video was BENDIGO BANK SPIRIT: Kelly Wilson with 171 one views as of March 25, 2010. It was uploaded by bbax222.
Demographic data for these YouTube members is sparse. All that is really known is that all three are based in Australia. This contrasts a fair bit to some other Australian teams and social networks where people outside the country make up part of the community. This YouTube uploading community also accounts for the largest population of Bendigo Spirit fans I’ve found on the networks I’ve looked at so far: There is one account on MySpace and one account on bebo. (There are two fan pages for the team on Facebook. One has 165 members and the other has 83 members. I just count Facebook people based on the number of people listing a team as an interest, not based on fan page membership. And after looking at one of those pages, they do have an official Twitter account with 20 followers. Go follow the Bendigo Spirit on Twitter! Support women’s sport!)
Given that the biggest community of people appears to be on YouTube and that YouTube is the second biggest search engine out there, it would probably behoove the Spirit to go back to using YouTube more actively.