👋 Hello everyone,
I’m Tony, and I’m a long-time indie hacker.
Around 4 months ago, I created a small little tool to celebrate my 1k Twitter followers milestone. It’s a script that continuously updates a progress bar around my profile picture. I thought it’s pretty fun to wait for the ring to load to 100% as my follower count reaches 1,000 😄
Many people liked the idea, so I turned it into a SaaS: https://blackmagic.so. I charge $4/mo for the membership, where you can select unlimited colors for your profile ring. The app went popular, and I had ~1,000 users at that point, mostly free users.
I continue adding more and more features. I noticed if I can update the profile picture continuously, I can do the same for the Twitter banner! So I built the Real-time Banner feature.
I made my banner update in real-time interactively with my followers. When someone follows me, their profile pic shows up on my banner. The tweet went viral, and I had 4,000+ new followers in less than 48 hours. It was wild! 😱
I launched the Real-time banner on Product Hunt in July, and it became the #1 product of the day. 🥳 Most recently, I made something for the crypto community: showing real-time crypto prices on their banner.
Finally, here are some numbers so far:
❤️ Went from 1k → 10k followers
👥 5,433 registered users
🗣️ 2,850 active users
💰 $314 MRR
It’s not doing so well on the revenue front, but I had a lot of fun building and playing with it. I have received so many cool ideas to add to the banner. So stay tuned! I’ll post updates regularly on my IH product page: https://www.indiehackers.com/product/blackmagic-so
Thank you for reading, and AMA! 😊