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Ryan Hoover

@rrhoover   producthunt.com

Founder of Product Hunt, Weekend Fund investor. Doesn't eat pancakes. 🥞
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Pro tips
See what your users are saying on Twitter with TweetDeck columns
My favorite TweetDeck feature is the ability to add columns for specific search queries. Since the beginning of Product Hunt, I've had a column surfacing every mention of Product Hunt and link to the site. They key is to use "OR" statements to capture misspellings (e.g. "ProductHunt vs. Product Hunt") and multiple keywords. Here's the query I use: “product hunt” OR "producthunt" OR “producthunt.co” OR “producthunt.com"
Bring your own cup, save $1
Few people know that if you bring your own cup or mug, you'll save a dollar. Philz saves on some of the cost but really its their way of promoting sustainability and reducing waste.
Use InVision to get early feedback from your users

Since the beginning of Product Hunt, we've used InVision to gather feedback from the community on mockups and ideas we're exploring. Most people see InVision and similar tools for internal feedback (which is what it's designed for) but we've found gathering mockup feedback super useful, especially before we've started building the screens. Here's a recent example we shared:

https://angellist.invisionapp.com/share/XUUBLKB7KA3#/screens

Best way to give feedback on pitch decks

A founder in Weekend Fund's portfolio recently asked for feedback on their pitch deck. Instead of sharing written notes for each slide, which can be very time-consuming and low fidelity, I used Loom to record myself giving feedback as I flipped through the deck. I know other investors that use this approach as well.

Give yourself a beauty filter on Zoom

Buried in Zoom's settings, you can check "✔️Touch up my appearance" to apply a subtle filter to your video. Here's a cheesy screenshot staring myself:

Some people might think a feature like this is vain but people have genuine insecurities about their looks so if this helps them feel more comfortable on video calls, I'm all for it. Personally I don't use it for fear that someone might call me out. 😅

How to customize your Slack's color theme
You can customize the color theme of individual Slack teams. Slack Themes (slackthemes.net) has a ton of pre-defined color themes you can use, including my favorite: a Product Hunt theme. Here's what it looks like:
How to use Spotify to discover upcoming concerts you'll love
Spotify has a near hidden feature for discovering concerts based on your music listening history. Go to Browser > Concerts > and enter your location (city). Unlike other concert discovery sites like Songkick or Bandsintown (also useful in different ways), Spotify makes it super easy to listen to the artists' discography without leaving the site.
How to clean the gunk out of your AirPods with gum

First, take a moment and look at your AirPods. Really, look closely. If you've had them for a while, you might notice they're a little earwax crusty. Here's how to clean them without buying a special kit:

1. Grab a piece of gum and start chewing.

2. Meanwhile, tear off a piece of the gum's cardboard packaging and fold it in half so that it's small enough to fit inside the hole of the AirPod.

3. Scrape the surface and around the edges to loosen the earwax. Some of it may fall out as you're scraping.

4. Remove the gum from your mouth and let it dry slightly for 60 seconds

5. Then use the gum to shove it into the AirPod hole to collect residue. You'll see loose earwax stick to the gum.

6. Lastly, put the gum back in your mouth and enjoy... (j/k don't don't do that)

Ta-da! Your AirPods are like new. ✨

How to write a good pro tip

I know, I'm writing a pro tip on YourStack about how to write pro tips on YourStack. This is about as meta as it gets. 😄

Pro tips are a fun way to give back to the community and share the secrets, hacks, or how to's for your favorite products. You can see all my pro tips here: https://yourstack.com/@rrhoover/pro-tips

We'll be sharing some of the best pro tips written by the community in the newsletter and on Twitter, so here are a few tips on how to write a good one:

1. State the non-obvious. The best pro tips feel like secrets. If everyone already knows the tip, it's not that useful.

2. Add photos or a a video to show your tip. This could be a before/after photo, a screenshot of what you're describing, or video walkthrough. An image is worth a thousand words, right?

3. Use a descriptive title. For example, "How to write a good pro tip" is far more communicative than simply saying "Pro tips". The reader should know what you're writing about from the title alone.

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