The Product Hunt Community Scares Me, In a Good Way
On February 24th, Yvo Schaap, an active member in the Product Hunt community, tweeted:
@yvoschaap THIS. IS. AWESOME.— Ryan Hoover (@rrhoover) February 24, 2014
Yvo's leaderboard of top products and contributors was the first of many unexpected, delightful Product Hunt hacks. Since then, several others in the community have built things.
Built by Product Hunters
Here are some of the creations:
Nervous and Excited
I'm not going to lie. This makes me nervous.
I worry people will abuse the site or create something that "steals" engagement. If their primary interaction with Product Hunt is through a 3rd party, read-only service, they might not upvote or comment on the site. We also lose the ability to measure how people are using Product Hunt. This is critical for making data-driven decisions to improve the product and measure reach.
These concerns are natural, but, in reality, this is awesome. We should encourage this. After all, Product Hunt is all about inspiring creation and entrepreneurship.
So instead of discouraging this behavior, we're enabling it by building an API. Since announcing it a few weeks ago, over 200 people signed up for early access, sharing ideas of what they want to build. As anticipated, several suggested an iOS/Android/Windows Phone app or browser extension. However, many fun and unexpected ideas also surfaced from the question, "What would you build with the Product Hunt API?" Here are a few:
Mapping producthunt "upvotes" with locations on earth using PH API + Twitter API. Open Source of course ;)
Get a twitter-tinder for people posting and commenting on product I upvote. So, I can choose to follow them or not on twitter and build a tool to automatically save the product I upvoted in my Trello.
I have a few Arduinos around, so it would be neat to make a ticker with a dot-matrix display and one of those.
Hunt - The Game : A game about products in PH that asks player to guess the product name from description. I will make it a game for iOS with Game Center integration and leaderboard. Users can discover new products while playing the game.
I'd like to track the growth of companies published on Product Hunt in terms of their fund raising if/when applicable.
Not sure yet, but something for the recruiting industry, a way to connect cool products with cool companies open jobs
Perhaps a widget for my website that shows which products I've recently upvoted.
Embed a 'hunt' button on HackerBracket hacks
Some sort of visualizer / curator that aggregates products upvoted by certain members or groups of members
Many ideas. First one: A Dashboard to alert me on potential competitors and collaborators in my startup's space (digital media)
Investigate a Buffer application to add Product Hunt items to my queue :)
Let's Hack on Product Hunt
We're also super excited about our plan for a Product Hunt hackathon, so stay tuned for an announcement in the coming weeks. Until then, happy hunting.
 We're creating a page on Product Hunt to highlight community-created products. Here's a preview.
 Andreas joined the team soon after creating the Producthunter Chrome extension (and we're super fortunate to have him). If you're looking for your next adventure, consider building something like Andreas did to get on people's radar and prove your value.
 Last week I had office hours with Sam Altman to discuss our API, among other things. His advice:
offering an API early in the life of a service is almost alway a good decision, even though it feels scary— Sam Altman (@sama) July 23, 2014
 We built the API initially to support the upcoming iOS app. Sign up for beta access.
 I received permission from respondents before sharing their Product Hunt hack ideas publicly.