New Magazine Article: Build a Social Media Follower Counter

By July 19, 2018 October 18th, 2018 No Comments

My Article was featured on the front page!

HackSpace issue 9 is published today, and featured on the front page was my article showing how to build your very own wall-mounted social media follower counter, using a Raspberry Pi and some RGB LED screens. I devised an internal system to query each social network (eg. Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram etc.) and their individual APIs to retrieve the number of followers for your accounts.

Inspired by Flapit, this project was great fun to make and I can imagine small businesses making use of them to help track and incentivise the growth of their online influence – especially businesses where customers come onto the premises!

The magazine is available in all good newsagents or you can download the free PDF from the HackSpace website at

The project was subsequently featured on the official Raspberry Pi blog, as you can see from the Twitter screenshot above!

Paul Freeman-Powell

Paul Freeman-Powell

Paul (@paulfp) is the main presenter of the award-winning Switched On Network YouTube Channel, which covers a variety of interesting topics usually relating to his love of technology and all things geeky. He also founded and runs Innobella Media, where he leads in all aspects of video production, video editing, sound & lighting. A father of 3 children including twins, his hobbies used to include photography, playing the drums and cycling. With a degree in Modern European Languages, Paul speaks French, Spanish and a little bit of Italian, and holds dual British & Irish citizenship.

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