'Meet Eater,' the Plant That Lives on Social Media

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Credit: Photos via facebook.com/meeteater.

I like "Meet Eater," at least on Facebook. Not much happened after I hit the "Like" button to express my, um, admiration. Apparently, though, every time this plant makes a friend on Facebook, an electronic system delivers water and nutrients. No friends, no love? Dead plant. Unhappy Meet Eater.It's like a lot of things. Like a pet that needs attention to survive and thrive. We've all heard that talking to plants can help them grow (probably the carbon dioxide). Meet Eater also gets water and nutrients if people write on its wall, the Internet version of talking (but not if Google has its way).

The "Meet Eater" project is the brainchild of Bashkim Isai. The design student created it for a course at the University of Queensland, Australia. If you're Down Under, you can visit The Meet at The Edge, part of the State Library of Queensland.

"Behind this project is the idea that by introducing both physical and virtual levels of interaction the plant is able to make the move from being an object to being a creature," Isai writes on the plant's Facebook page.


Meet Eater has bandwidth protection, too. If too many people love it (after seeing it on TreeHugger, for instance) the system will shut down for some "quiet time."

Isai says he wants to help re-establish the connection between human beings and plants. I'm not so sure a plant with a Facebook page and webcam is the answer. But it's sure worth a try. I'd rather get my hands a little dirty, water a plant every day, and watch it grow. On the other hand, Meet Eater is alive. Just like those "friends" on Facebook, there's a living thing on the other end of the mouse.

So far, the Facebook plant has more than 3,500 fans, and has been alive for almost 80 days.

Via: The Green Life
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