It feels as though there are new social networking sites all the time. If you’re the kind of person who is perpetually online, you might be balancing profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and more. Not to mention personal and work emails. The sheer number of notifications can become overwhelming and more than a little cumbersome to keep on top of.
This cool project, posted to Hackster, gathers up all of your notifications and alerts and puts them all in one place not in cyberspace, but right on your desk, countertop, or nightstand. Better yet, it runs on the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B, released all the way back in 2012.
The prototype shown in the tutorial (linked above) shows notifications for email, Facebook, and Twitter, and taps out at a maximum of 99 alerts for each, but it’s infinitely customizable. You can design yours to suit your needs by adding alert boxes, increasing the maximum number of alerts, and programming your Pi to grab data from the sources most important to you.
With an old Raspberry Pi, a quick trip to the hardware store, and a little gumption, you’ll never have to wonder how much traffic your latest blog post is getting or if your clever tweet has gone viral yet ever again.