DataBonbon

Simple API for making sleek images for social media.

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DataBonbon provides you a simple API for making catchy images to empower your social media posts with. Currently, we can make ProductHunt and Medium-like quote images, so the posts of your web app can perform much better. There will be more formats soon.

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Alex MoskovskiMaker@alex_moskovski · I make and monetize software.
Hi guys 🙋 I always envied how great Product Hunt and Medium tweets and posts on Facebook look! So I decided to make a tool the rest of us could use to empower the posts of our apps. There is a lot of evidence that social media posts with an image perform much better than without one. So it's a shame that we offer the users of our apps no choice but to share links to our content with just a plain text. There is a reason that such progressive platforms as Product Hunt and Medium use quote images in their users' shares. I made this app myself, so I'll be happy if you share not only your thought on features (which is highly appreciated!) but tech mistakes too. Thank you!
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Alex MoskovskiMaker@alex_moskovski · I make and monetize software.
Also, kudos to @dharmesh for supporting this idea before it even exists.
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Yinka@tsyinka · Product & Growth Manager @Pincapp
Hi @alex_moskovski Nice tool you have here. Haven’t signed up but if not already available would be good for you to have themes that change fonts, avatar shape and position etc or better still make it customizable on the dashboard. I’m guessing your targets is those who just want a quick and easy way to do this though. At pincapp.com our implementation uses a custom design on a dedicated page. We then use enpose.co to capture it and use the capture URL in Twitter and FB meta tags. It’s a more flexible solution for those requiring more on the design side.
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Alex MoskovskiMaker@alex_moskovski · I make and monetize software.
@tsyinka Hey Yinka, thanks for the feedback! Indeed, we do have different themes. We also have some options to customize them even further. Yes, there is a way to do what DataBonbon does manually. However, the main hurdle here is having your template perform well in different resolutions and aspect ratios. As well as keeping up with all the changes social media make to their ideal image size. In my app you can just specify your target social network and forget about the sizes completely. You can also load your template to DataBonbon and have everything in one place. Or, what is even better, if you have design and dev teams ready, you can install headless Chrome on your server and do everything yourself for free. But, again, keeping up with all aspect ratios of social media could be hard.
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Yinka@tsyinka · Product & Growth Manager @Pincapp
@alex_moskovski I signed up to see what it looks like. Saw the templates but IMHO they don't look very nice. I personally wouldn't use any of them (Except maybe template 5). I think you need to work on the design. The fonts and example logo etc can be better. It can be a really great tool if you can improve on customization options and templates.
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Alex MoskovskiMaker@alex_moskovski · I make and monetize software.
@tsyinka you're right, there's a lot of work to do. Do you have any examples of a great quote design I can take a look at?
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Yinka@tsyinka · Product & Growth Manager @Pincapp
@alex_moskovski Not really. You can search dribbble for inspiration. Some are overkill or not simple quotes but they’d help. Cool colored backgrounds would be nice too. Might be worth getting a designer to help you out.
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Alex MoskovskiMaker@alex_moskovski · I make and monetize software.
@tsyinka will take a look at them. However, the one I’ve already seen, sacrifice readability to nice design. The main issue here is not to make the templates look nice, but to make them look nice consistently across all aspect ratios and sizes however small. Another issue is to have templates look good enough when some data (author, avatar, source) isn’t present. But I digress. Thanks for your input, much appreciated!