Jo’burg Zoo’s tweeting badger has more Twitter followers than you do

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Near the end of June we wrote about BG the honey badger, a resident of Johannesburg Zoo, who’d been given the ability to tweet. Since then he’s been featured across the internet, including many pop media outlets abroad. Thanks to all that attention, he now has more than 7 000 followers. What have you done with your life today?

BG’s tweeting is made possible through a series of sensors in his enclosure, all of which detect his movements and automatically trigger tweets to be sent. The system was installed by digital marketing agency HelloComputer, commissioned by communications agency DraftFCB.

Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.