Steemit Image Tools - Pimp your posts

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Hi All,

After the unfortunate failure last week on my attempt to record post views using a tracking pixel. I am proud to announce that I have re-purposed SteemPixel.com.

I have added a few utilities that I am quite excited about to help you produce kick ass content quicker and easier.

The entire premise of the idea is based off of returning information that is difficult or time-consuming to retrieve and impossible to format in a way that differentiates it from your posts content as a neat image to embed in your post instead.

So without further ado...

1. Shout Out tool

 https://steempixel.com/shoutout/@SteemitUsername

*Updated to ignore your own votes.
I have been enormously touched by the support of the community and wanted a way to reach out to my supporters but didn't know how/who they were. Inspired by steemvp.com I bring you the shout out...

Shout out

2. Steem Market Price

 https://steempixel.com/prices/

This returns a screenshot of the beautiful tickers on steemprices.com with the market price at the time of the call (Don't worry, I've learn't to timestamp them to avoid caching issues!).

Steem Prices

3. Tweet to image tool

 https://steempixel.com/tweet/url-to-tweet

This is the tool that got the ball rolling, to include a tweet you need to..

  • find the tweet
  • take screenshot
  • crop image
  • upload image
  • insert into post

That's way to much work for me so I wrote the tweet-to-image service. (Currently it renders everything except for external content previews, but im on it) -Fixed

Tweet tool

4.And lastly - Whale status

 https://steempixel.com/whale/@SteemitUsername

This tool returns the lovely overview from steemwhales.com.

Steem Whale

Well that's all I have for now, I hope you find them handy!

Please let me know of any other information you think would be great to be able to embed in your posts. I have a few things planned but mainly around the markets side of things.

Also a big thanks for great ideas and tools to...

Yeah, 3 of the 4 tools are riding your waves... I chose to screen capture your tools in place of writing my own because you nailed it and I don't think I can improve on the designs.

Your sites are cited as the source on any images rendered but if you would like me remove your site just shout.

Till next time

Ciao!

#steemtools #steemit #tech #writing #stats

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Very neat batch of new enhancements, nice to see you were able to pivot off your original idea! :)

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Thank you! It really is appreciated.

Thanks for taking the time to create these tools for Steemit writers. I spent some time in the digital advertising space, and I recognize that large holes exist for Steemit users regarding metrics. One thing I would suggest to add it a tool where the writer can see how many people saw the blog total impressions). This will help them understand their conversion rate to upvotes (upvotes/total impressions). If you could do that, it would be awesome.

I have upvoted this content and have featured it in my hidden gems blog. I am following your blog now in anticipation of what's to come. I have also submitted this blog to the Robinhood Whale links in Rocketchat for their consideration. Keep up the good work. It's much appreciated.

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Thanks @lpfaust it's appreciated. I'm sad to say that what your asking for is exactly what I wrote last week. see Tracking Pixel Article. Unfortunatley it failed because steemit caches and proxies all remote content, so the requests very rarely make it back to the server to be tracked. I was chatting to @jesta last night and it's something he also wishes he could work around so we will to try to raise the issue and see if steemit is willing to allow verified request to bypass the proxy, but in the slim chance they do I doubt it will be any time soon.

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That's not encouraging to hear. If a writer has no idea hat their conversion rate is, they really cannot target and tailor their message to the market they get the biggest bang for their buck in.

Keep fighting the good fight.

Great work mate! Let me test ..


Works well , how often would it refresh if ever?


Would be better if it filtered your own username out


Depressing, but not your fault :P


Best idea - get external tweet images working and I'd love to use this for @steemleak reports.

What are your feelings on automated use of these ? If I needed to grab say 100 tweet images, batch image process and rehost them elsewhere would you care ?

Keep up the good work mate :)

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I'm in 2 minds about filtering out your own username... once half says sure and the other half says keep it's integrity - but since this is specifically a shout out tool I think your right. I'll sort it on my next commit. It works for images on twitter i.e.
tweet

but not for the "card" previews (note the white space below)..

"broken"

Your welcome to, it's why I made the tool. I'd be keen to see how it handles... I'm still running on a free heroku dyno and to be honest I was suprised the tweet tool ran at all but it seems all right. If it takes off I'll shift it onto one of my production machines.

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FYI - I'm sure i'll have the remote links rendering in the next few days. Oh and it will render everytime the url is called as for it refreshing on steemit I have no clue... img1.steemit.com is currently my mortal enemy

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Awesome stuff thankyou :)

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Update: Shoutouts now ignore your votes and tweets render remote content i.e.
'tweet'

Downside is theres an extra 2.5 seconds on the load time. Twitter renders them in obscured iframes that they have intentionally made very difficult to access so I literally just set a timeout and pray that they rendered. Works for now.

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Cool. I'll be trying out these tools in short order.

What the shout out tool do? Still dont get it...

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It returns the top 5 users that vote on your posts i.e. your best/most loyal supporters so that you can include them in your content to thank them for thier support.

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So each one of them will receive 1 vote from me, right? But how they will receive them, normally you upvote a post... still dont get it.

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Update: Shoutouts now ignore your own votes.

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No they are there because they have already voted FOR you. Out of all the votes you have ever recieved they voted the most

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No i even more confused, do you have a screenshot of what they receive?

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Use the service the url to get a shout out for you is https://www.steempixel.com/shoutout/elyaque
That returns...
"elyaque"

Which means the users that up vote your content the most are yourself, @twinner, @asmolokalo, @achim86 and @fabio.

If you were a sports team - they are your biggest fans.

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ok, now i get it! with using the link you see who are your top 5 followers. Got it. Can i mention this in my Report tomorrow?

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Your welcome to.

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Looks nice, would be better if it doesnt include myself :) Can you change this?

Another Question, i see you are good in writing some Apps like this, i always wondered who are my last followers. You can see who is following you, but i dont know which where the last 5 for example they join me..... That would be a nice APP.

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Lol both of your requests are already on my dev list :)

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Cool let me know when they are finished, thanks!

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thanks

So how do i integrate these? just pasting the link seems to to dnothing...
https://steempixel.com/shoutout/razvanelulmarin

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Insert them into your post as an image. For comments you can use the markdown syntax below...

!["Image Name"](http://imagelink "Image Name")

i.e. "test"

Thank you for your service! Greatly appreciated :)

Had an idea for an additional feature that may be popular, consider offering a pic that looks at referrer url and spits out username + reading time (based on wordcount of post). See my convo with @nextgen622 , there is a niche you may not have considered.. https://steemit.com/steemit/@nextgen622/why-this-post-doesn-t-have-images

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Hi @ausbitank,
Sorry I only saw your comment now. I could definaltley do something like that without any hassle but I cannot use referers or any other HTTP variables for that matter - steemit has a reverse proxy with a cache so all that info is lost in translation. The url to the story would either have to be in the request or I could pull the last written post from the api.

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True I forgot about that, url in the request would work also :)
Even just the simple image signature without the word count would be a useful tool for some I think