Branson tornado Facebook page successful after storm

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 10:09 a.m. CST; updated 10:28 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 29, 2012

BRANSON — More than 1,300 people overnight became fans of a Branson tornado information page on Facebook created in January by a University of Missouri Extension Service employee in anticipation of such a storm.

Greene County Extension spokesman David Burton said he created three Facebook pages similar to ones for last year's Joplin tornado and Missouri floods to get information to people and allow them to ask questions.

Burton said the number of people who had clicked "like" on the Branson page went from two on Tuesday to 50 at 5 a.m. Wednesday. It hit 1,300 by 8 a.m., and 15 minutes later the number was nearing 2,000 and rising at the rate of dozens per minute. At 10 a.m. 6,303 people had "liked" the page.

Burton also created tornado pages for Springfield and Greene County.

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Richard Saunders February 29, 2012 | 10:55 a.m.

Wait... You have to "like" the page merely in order to view it?

Sorry, no tornado info for you non-facebookers. Assimilate or else!

What's next? A paywall? Or maybe you'll have to watch a commercial first?

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John Schultz February 29, 2012 | 1:11 p.m.

Richard, I saw the same statement you did, but was able to click on the Wall link on the left of the page and view the messages that have been posted. I was logged into Facebook at the time; I don't know what would have happened to anyone that wasn't or didn't have an account.

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