Chapter 5Tweeting Bird Feeder

Both of my kids are bird lovers. They have had parakeets since they were toddlers and enjoy watching wild birds nest and feed outside their bedroom windows. But one of the chores that somehow always slips past us is refilling the feeders with birdseed. For a variety of reasons, there may be days, sometimes even weeks, that go by without a refill. Wouldn’t it be so much easier for the feeder to tell us when it needed to be refilled?

That need was the genesis of inspiration for this project, and what better way to receive the notification than via a tweet on Twitter. Interested friends and family members can follow the feeder and know when birds are feeding from it, when it needs a refill, and when the refill chore ...

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