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The Coolest Talking Tree in the World

How many of you out there have a twitter account? A facebook profile? Both?

I, Steve, Marketing Manager at Bulwark Exterminating, have had a facebook account for a few years now. In fact, I had one when it will still only limited to college students, before they opened it up to the general public. I don’t quite yet have 500 friends. A couple friends of mine have into the thousands. As far as twitter goes, I just got on a couple months ago. And just last week took my following into the triple digits. Legitimate followers. I try to delete all the spammy accounts.

Imagine if you had 9,400 facebook friends. What about 3,600 twitter followers. Those are pretty healthy numbers that most people would envy. But I’m not talking about people. I’m talking about….a tree.

A tree somewhere in a Belgian forest to be somewhat exact. Brussels to be a little more specific.

A team of social media scientists rigged a tree along the side of the road with a number of advanced climate sensors. That data is transmitted back to base, where it is interpreted, analyzed, and ultimately sent to the social blogosphere. The facebook and twitter updates are is if the tree is telling you what is going on around it, and how it feels.

EOS Talking Tree – Making of from Tom on Vimeo.

It’s thought from November 3rd: “Time to say goodbye to some of my leaves”

From Oct. 20th: “Me and my friends have had plenty of water to drink today –” The link is a picture of the rain clouds, and some water drops can be seen on the camera lens.

These same twitter updates can be found on the tree’s facebook page. And interestingly enough, each facebook updates comes with at least 100 “Likes” and 10-20 comments from its faithful followers. I think I can count on one hand how many of my facebook comments garner more than 10 comments.

I guess I don’t have anything near as interesting to say as a random tree in a Belgian forest, near Brussels.

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