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Caption Cat

We post the photo, you write the caption. Every day. 😹

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Marc Köhlbrugge
Maker
Hi all! I've had this idea for a few years and kept coming back. So a week ago, while sitting in bed, I challenged myself to build a prototype in 15 minutes. It worked! I got a very basic prototype working where people could sign up for an account (email/password) and post captions. I would manually add the photos in the database and hotlink them. No file uploads, no voting, no anti spam measures, no real design to speak of. Not even a dedicated domain name. I shared the prototype with some friends and the WIP community. Based on the feedback and user behavior I made some refinements and added some features. First of all people kept sending me their captions in the chat as they couldn't be bothered to create an account. So I added Twitter and Facebook sign in. I also added upvotes to have non-funny and spammy captions automatically move down the list + give more of a game element to it. Initially there were both upvotes and downvotes, but people kept downvoting each other so I removed those. I also added a "hall of fame" leaderboard to see where you rank amongst the community. How funny actually are you? Finally I improved the design. Added some character by adding a bunch of cat illustrations I licenses from Creative Market. I don't have concrete future plans for it yet. We'll see if people like it. If there's enough interest I'll build out the site and eventually look into monetizing it. Here's a silly idea I had: https://caption.cat/eyeballs Curious to hear what you think! Please give it a try.
Stefan Smiljkovic
@marckohlbrugge Nice idea Mark. This could be paid service for people whos caption get chosen. Marketers, entrepreneurs can pay for captions on their Instagram posts, etc.
Marc Köhlbrugge
Maker
@stefan_smiljkovic Thanks. Yeah that might be an interesting area to explore if there are enough talented users participating. Let's hope so :)
Abadesi
Just took a look... people are coming up with some pretty random captions 👀 like... I think I'm laughing at them not with them @marckohlbrugge
Abadesi
@marckohlbrugge That said, your gif thumbnail perfectly describes my reaction 😄
Marc Köhlbrugge
Maker
@abadesi Haha yeah not everybody shares the same taste in humor. Plus there are a bunch of inside jokes, because many of the beta testers came from the same group chat (WIP). My hope is that by publicly launching Caption Cat it will attract a more diverse set of users and with the voting system in place the funniest captions will automatically surface towards the top.
Abadesi
@marckohlbrugge Ah I see. Makes sense
Garg Ankit
On what basis are you selecting the pic as of now?
Marc Köhlbrugge
Maker
@graciousgarg It's pretty random right now. The original idea was to pick photos from the news, but I don't want things to get too political/divisive and I want to be careful making fun of humanitarian problems, etc.
Valerio Neri
funny idea!
Benjamin Wheeler
Marc, this is a fun idea. My daughter LOVES captioning illustrations, she'd flip at the cats gif. What tools did you use for the original 15 minute version? What is your stack now?
Marc Köhlbrugge
Maker
@benjamin_wheeler I don't know how old your daughter is, but viewer discretion is advised. You never know what kind of captions people will come up with. I used Ruby on Rails, Heroku (hosting), and the Devise Ruby gem (signup/signin). I later added OmniAuth Ruby gem (sign in with Facebook/Twitter), acts_as_votable Ruby gem (voting), and switched to Hatchbox on Linode for hosting.
Rina Rasaeva
Hey, I'm in love with this cat :) btw who choose the best variant?
Marc Köhlbrugge
Maker
@rina_rasaeva The community! Once you're signed in you can upvote your favorite captions.
NAOYA FUJITA
i love this product! In japan, https://bokete.jp/ this service is very popular. this must be world hit!
Marc Köhlbrugge
Maker
@fuji_syan How similar is it? My Japanese is near non-existent haha. Arigato.
NAOYA FUJITA
@marckohlbrugge same system. https://bokete.jp/boke/63946513 someone post a image and others make captions. Do-itashimashite(your welcome)
Marc Köhlbrugge
Maker
@fuji_syan Ah I see. Very similar indeed. I will have a closer look. Perhaps I could learn a thing or two.
Ryan Hoover
Love the product thumbnail, @marckohlbrugge. 😸
Marc Köhlbrugge
Maker
@rrhoover Thanks. Didn't make it myself. Got it from an artist at Creative Market. I would credit the person here, but last time I did that I saw the same illustrations pop up everywhere the next day 😂
Nippon Roy Nir
If you need any person upvote mail me.mail-nippon.roy800@gmail.com
Andrew Delaware
@marckohlbrugge, the “didn’t receive confirmation” link doesn’t seem to work - and I didn’t receive the confirmation. :) Fun idea, thanks for making!
Jonas Karl
I love it. :)
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