Twitter Follower Tracker and Status Notifier

Via Nano 33 IoT, display the follower count of a given Twitter account and its current follower status - STABLE, DEC, or INC.

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I have a gradually growing Twitter account for my website to showcase my projects and articles. Most of the time, I forget to check if there is a change in the follower count of my Twitter account to discern the account growth chronologically. Thus, I decided to create this apparatus placed on my desk, which displays information of my Twitter account:

  • current follower count,
  • current account name and ID,
  • three preceding follower counts.

First of all, to manage to glean information from Twitter by avoiding any authentification process pertaining to the Twitter API, I chose to use a content delivery network (CDN) - cdn.syndication.twimg - to obtain the number of followers of a selected Twitter account by its screen name. When I managed to get information from Twitter, I programmed a web application in PHP, named Twitter Follower Tracker, running on Raspberry Pi to print a data packet containing:

  • the follower count,
  • the account name,
  • and the account ID.

Then, I used an Arduino Nano 33 IoT to get my Twitter account information and follower count transferred by the PHP web application and display them with a Nokia 5110 Screen.

Finally, I added a COM-09032 analog joystick and two buttons to control the menu options and scroll text.

After completing wiring on a breadboard and testing the code, I designed a PCB (Twitter Follower Tracker) having the Twitter logo carved at its center. It became a stylish and fitting addition to my desk as an efficient apparatus to track the follower count of my account :)

In addition to displaying information, the device:

  • Notifies the user when there is a change in the follower count - INC or DEC.
  • Shows monochrome images as a screensaver if selected.

Huge thanks to PCBWay for sponsoring this project.

Step 1: Designing and soldering the Twitter Follower Tracker PCB

Before prototyping my PCB design, I tested all connections and wiring with the Arduino Nano 33 IoT on the breadboard.

Then, I designed the Twitter Follower Tracker and Status Notifier PCB by using KiCad. I attached the Gerber file of the PCB below, so if you want, you can order this PCB from PCBWay to create a stylish and fitting apparatus to display the follower count of a selected account and get notified when there is a change, inspired by the Twitter logo :)

Click here to inspect and order this PCB directly on PCBWay.

First of all, by using a soldering iron, I attached headers (female), COM-09032 analog joystick, buzzer, 5mm common cathode RGB LED, 6x6 pushbuttons, 1K resistors, and the power jack.

Component list on the PCB:

A1 (Headers for Arduino Nano 33 IoT)

S1 (Headers for Nokia 5110 Screen)

U1 (COM-09032 Analog Joystick)

BZ1 (Buzzer)

D1 (5mm Common Cathode RGB LED)

K1, K2 (6x6 Pushbutton)

R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 (1K Resistor)

J1 (Power Jack)

Step 2: Setting up a LAMP web server on Raspberry Pi

If you are a novice in programming with Raspberry Pi, you can inspect well-explained instructions and tutorials on the official Raspberry Pi website.

To go to the official Raspberry Pi setting up tutorial, click here.


⭐ Open a terminal window by selecting Accessories > Terminal from the menu.

⭐ Install the apache2 package by typing the following command into the terminal and pressing Enter:

sudo apt-get install apache2 -y

⭐ To test the server, open Chromium by selecting Internet > Chromium Web Browser from the menu and enter http://localhost.

⭐ If you want, you can use the IP address of your Raspberry Pi as well.

hostname -I

⭐ Install the PHP package with the following command:

⭐ Do not forget to update the Pi.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install php -y

⭐ To be able to obtain information from the cdn.syndication.twimg (CDN), install the php-curl package:

sudo apt-get install php-curl

⭐ Then, restart the apache server to be able to use the installed packages on the localhost:

sudo service apache2 restart

Step 3: Developing the Twitter Follower Tracker web application in PHP to elicit information from the CDN

Although Twitter provides an API to collate information on Twitter accounts, tweets, replies, etc., I decided to use a content delivery network (CDN) in this project since ...

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  • 1 × PCBWay Custom PCB
  • 1 × Arduino Nano 33 IoT
  • 1 × Raspberry Pi 3B+ or 4
  • 1 × COM-09032 Analog Joystick
  • 1 × Nokia 5110 Screen

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