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Python script that checks Instagram and flashes Pimoroni's Blinkt if the follower count has increased
import urllib2
from urllib import quote
import time
import json
from config import (
from blinkt import set_pixel, show, set_clear_on_exit, set_brightness
import math
# The functions that creates the magic - checks your Instagram account for the number of followers then sends this data to Slack to notify you.
reds = [0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 16, 64, 255, 64, 16, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0]
start_time = time.time()
# This function is for the Knight Rider KITT light effect
def larson():
count = 0
while (count < 75):
delta = (time.time() - start_time) * 16
offset = int(abs((delta % 16) - 8))
for i in range(8):
set_pixel(i, reds[offset + i], 0, 0)
time.sleep(0.1), count
count = count + 1
# This function gets the follower count from Instagram
def fanCount():
ig_url = '{}'.format(quote(ig_access_token))
fanCount = urllib2.urlopen(ig_url).read()
jsonResponse = json.loads(fanCount)
return jsonResponse['data']['counts']['followed_by']
# I want to write the jsonResponse output to a text file, and ideally I would like to check this file. If the follower count has increased,
# I would like to overwrite the text file with the new count, and then use this value in the "if / else" bit below.
# Triggers the KITT effect on the Blinkt if the follower count is greater than 320 - customise this number to be alerted of your key milestones.
if int(fanCount()) < 320: # If I could pull the "320" from the text file created by the jsonResponse output, that would be awesome!
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