When Mike Olbinski asked for some help with a WordPress plugin to display a map with his live GPS position on it, I knew I could do it. I also knew there was an opportunity for something bigger here. Enter TornadoChannel.com!
TornadoChannel.com was created and developed by me with a lot of input from Mike on features. As more storm chasers start streaming their chase to YouTube, it’s becoming difficult for viewers to find new chasers to subscribe to. That’s where the idea of TornadoChannel came from. It is not a streaming platform but instead a centralized location for viewers to watch and chat. In the past, people looking on YouTube for live storm streams would have to bookmark individual channels of chasers. Now they can find them all on Tornado Channel.
It’s a great way for storm chasers to maintain their YouTube audience while also gaining new viewers through TornadoChannel’s interactive map.
There’s still a lot more features I’m working on implementing, but today we announced it and it’s ready to subscribe to!