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Your Plants Have More Twitter Followers Than You—Literally

DiscoblogBy Rachel CernanskyMarch 26, 2009 8:35 PM
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Ok, for anyone not on Twitter, it’s time to reevaluate: These days, even plants are doing it. And successfully, too—Pothos has 2,300 followers, and when it tweets, it almost always gets what it wants. Granted, all it wants is water, but when plant owners are forgetful or just don’t have a green thumb, their green friends often go thirsty. The solution? Botanicalls, a device that sends wireless signals to Twitter. It’s made of soil moisture sensors that transmit information (too much moisture? too little?) through a circuit board to a microcontroller, just like a mini-computer. The software has settings that allow you to program specifically for the type of plant and the unique qualities of the soil, and the language sent to Twitter can be customized—so the message can vary in tone from the polite "please" to the urgent "I’m desperately thirsty"—or, as Mr. Ikea Plant will tweet, "I’m wicked thirsty." Co-creator Kate Hartman now feels guilty when she doesn’t water her plants because everybody will know. It’s like the Little Shop of Horrors has gone high-tech. Not to mention more polite: The plant also sends "thank you" tweets once it's been fed. Related Content: Discoblog: Twitter to Replace World History in England Schools Cosmic Variance: Karl Rove is Following Me on Twitter

Image: Flickr / jazzmasterson

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