Dan, that's interesting...I have no interest in looking at any of this stuff so it's all news to me. What is the gain, however--what is "successful" about gaining a huge following? Is anyone making anything more than pennies off of it? If it isn't money, and it's just stroking someone's ego--then who cares unless the information is hurting someone (in which case there are avenues to deal with that)? That's what I want to know.Notice all the pages that have titles like "(insert state/city/region here) Weather Alerts/Weather Information/Forecast Center/etc". Some of these have been around half the time I've had my page, and have followers in the five or six figures while I'm only slowly creeping up on 3,000. Notice what they do: they post many times every day about the current weather. The general public loves that type of thing (info on weather that affects them), and treats those pages as if they are official, whether it is deserved or not. Now, again, there are some responsible operators of successful pages like these (Danny Neal's is one, for instance), but for every good one, you have 10 bad ones.
Of course, the other way to quickly grow followings is to steal viral images from news sources, Twitter/Facebook users and other chasers. As I said, I only get 3 or 4 viral image events of my own each year on average, but a page that steals images can get 3 or 4 of those a day. This is how the pages like "Super Celuia", "Destructive Nature", "Mr. Twister", etc grow huge followings in a few short years. Social media currently favors the unscrupulous and misinformed - so anyone who can succeed with their own content alone these days has my respect.
Yes, by definition, you are a weather weenie. But, that's O.K.--just don't ever be caught driving a chase vehicle that looks like this and you will be allrightSo, I have a weather page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/OKCWX . I put time into creating forecasts. I use graphical model data, bufkit for a few locations, and cross reference with NWS forecasts and forecast discussions. It is only used as a mechanism to let my friends, and people who don't watch the news, know whats going on (to turn on the TV). I never use language that is over the top, nor do I put probability where probability does not exist. My question is, am I a weather weenie?