Note the changes at Twitter (now X) have made it so this guide no longer works. Please refer to current X API documentation on using their service. We have no updated guide at this time.

Here's a great way to display your Twitter follower count. Using CircuitPython and the PyPortal library, it's easy to grab the JSON data provided by a site's API and display it dynamically.

The PyPortal's built-in WiFi connects to your network and checks for updates every minute. And, you can control the fonts, captions, colors, background image, and even play a happy sound effect when the number changes.

Plus, for extra special fanciness, mount the PyPortal to a trophy for all to admire!


Front view of a Adafruit PyPortal - CircuitPython Powered Internet Display with a pyportal logo image on the display.
PyPortal, our easy-to-use IoT device that allows you to create all the things for the “Internet of Things” in minutes. Make custom touch screen interface...
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USB cable - USB A to Micro-B - 3 foot long
This here is your standard A to micro-B USB cable, for USB 1.1 or 2.0. Perfect for connecting a PC to your Metro, Feather, Raspberry Pi or other dev-board or...
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  • You may want to mount your PyPortal on a handsome trophy! I got one at a thrift store for fewer than two dollars
  • You can use small zip ties or double stick tape to mount the the PyPortal to your trophy

This guide was first published on Mar 01, 2019. It was last updated on Jul 22, 2024.

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