3 ways threads can improve the weather climate experience on social media

This week Mark Zuckerberg and his Meta-Verse unleashed Instagram subjects to the world. The New York Times The caption read: “Threads, Instagram‘S’Twitter Killer has arrived. Instagram, which is also owned by the parent company of Facebookcan be seamlessly integrated into the Twitter-like social media platform, so I decided to take the plunge. Because I use Twitter As a platform for engagement in weather and climate science, here are my three most important wish lists for the new Instagram subjects Platform can enhance the experience.

Before I start my wish list, I should keep that in mind subjectsanecdotally, seems to have considerable appeal as… Twitter Alternative compared to previous attempts. I’m having a lot of fun so far. However, new users should be aware that there is no desktop computer version and due to compliance with security standards within the European Union it is not yet accessible. Despite these problems and other anticipated growth difficulties, the site gained 5 million users within the first four hours of going live. It is very accessible and does not require a master’s degree in computer science to get started.


Here are three things that subjects what you can do to make the weather climate experience better on social media.

Filters for trolls, bots and weather-climate misinformation

See, I have no idea how this could actually be done, but trolls, bots, and viral misinformation did it Twitter a very uncomfortable place. Social media can be very useful for sharing information about weather hazards, emergency response, and climate science. The great thing about social media is also its greatest weakness: the widespread availability of information. The Dunning-Krueger effect (people assume they know more than they do), confirmation bias (sharing information that agrees with what a person already believes), and other types of cognitive bias can filter out the signal make the noise a challenge . To be clear, engagement and knowledge-gathering are welcome, but harassment and nasty discourse are not.


The climate expert Robert Rohde recently documented how changes in the Twitter The world has decreased collaboration with climate scientists and boosted less credible sources. Hopefully, subjects can make progress in filtering out the “mosquitoes and mosquitoes” of the social media terrace. First, I can easily spot trolls and bots, so I’m sure a sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithm can do the same. For the moment, subjects feels clean and less polluted with vitriol, pseudo-experts who pay for credibility, and conspiracy theories.

Algorithms that preserve real-time information

The scientific literature and operational stakeholders continue to confirm that social media can be useful in developing dangerous weather scenarios. However, some platforms are better than others. What good is a National Weather Service report about an impending tornado if the user sees the information three hours or three days later? In its more organic days Twitter was very useful for real-time alerts on weather conditions, geolocation of victims, etc. Unfortunately, the platform has promised to limit the number of tweet views and only allow wider access for paying subscribers Twitter blue crowd. subjects has the opportunity to implement this right on the ground floor and to offer a valuable service to the public, emergency managers and decision makers.

Expand official weather and emergency management information

There is a lot of weather information. I often see people sharing bad blizzard or hurricane information from questionable sources, wishcasters, or even clickbait-thirsty professionals. While that may be controversial, I’d love to see it subjects Algorithms improve the information disseminated by the National Weather Service Offices, the National Hurricane Center, emergency managers and others. As mentioned, I’m not an IT pro, but I bet it would be doable. The bigger challenge might be deciding what information is “official” as I’m sure private companies would likely take action against it. If you’ve ever wondered why the National Weather Service doesn’t have an app, it ties into a similar public partnership dynamic.


I’m sure more could be added to the list. For now, I’m still enjoying the relative purity of a new platform for learning to walk.

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