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My own custom Twitter T-shirt, from Pringoo

By on Mar 24, 2009 in On A Whim, Reviews | 14 comments

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Custom Twitter t-shirt from Pringoo.com

My mom finds the Twitter bird graphic extremely adorable

Twitter is the buzzword on the blogosphere these days. Social media is considered almost synonymous with Twitter these days if you go by the number of posts tech blogs are doing on it these days.

Twitter’s rapidly growing right now and you can quickly make a lot of friends over there. Pringoo.com has launched a new product line which allows you to make custom T-shirts from your Twitter friend / follower list. Not only T-shirts, but mugs, laptops stickers etc too. Creating one is easy – enter your Twitter handle and decide whether you want to fetch 176 images of those you follow (‘friends’) or those who follow you (‘followers’). You can choose between fetching user pictures randomly or by most active. I would suggest you to go for the former because I found it gave better results. A hit-and-miss affair, yes, because you can’t choose which people to include on the T-shirt; although you can remove people from from the pictures fetched you can replace them with someone else nor does it fill it up with those of others. If you’re unsatisfied with the results then you’ve to enter your username and cross your fingers to hope you get a better selection this time. But otherwise, it’s quite good. Pringoo does have other varieties of Twitshirts in its inventory.

I received my order within two days, sent via courier. You won’t be able to discern faces when inspected closely, nevertheless it looks good from a distance. Seems to be printed using heat transfer so you’ll need to be careful not to wash it by scrubbing. Useful addition to your wardrobe for tweetups / blogger meets. (You’ll be a walking-talking advertisment for yourself. Wear some tattoos and you’re ready to roll.)

My rating of the Pringoo custom Twitter t-shirt: 7.1 / 10 (The score would have been higher if not for the agonizing moments I had getting a reasonable selection of friends when creating it.)

PS (to people who aren’t there in the photo lineup) – Sorry! I tried to generate the T-shirt many times so that I could get as many unique followers as possible. This is the best I could get even after multiple tries. Shouldn’t be an issue for those with follower / friend numbers less or around 176 though.

Update 1: Pringoo team got in touch with me and informed that you’ll no longer see duplicate images during the creation process. While this is true, the number of images you get are also reduced manifold. This is because of some issues with the Twitter API appararently where it’s not sending unique sets of friends / follower on multiple requests. Will keep you posted on any developments.



14 Comments

    • Ankur

      March 25, 2009

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      I know. There are more Tweeps who got repeated. But that’s the drawback, Pringoo doesn’t check for uniqueness when fetching images.

      • Sathya

        March 26, 2009

        Nice. Maybe I should do something like this from cafepress

      • Ankur

        March 26, 2009

        Does Cafepress also offer a similar option or do you have to make the design on your own?

      • Manish Sinha

        March 26, 2009

        I will surely get one for me too. Running short of cash at present :D

  1. Espèra

    March 27, 2009

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    Wow. It looks really impressive!

    I don’t think I’m in the photo line-up, but then again, I hardly use Twitter and it doesn’t make much difference either way.

    Show us a picture of the whole Tshirt, can you? So we can get an idea of … proportion?

    • Ankur

      March 28, 2009

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      Nope, you aren’t in the photo line-up. Loads of people aren’t. But that’s how the script works. Pringoo sells the T-shirt in different sizes (you can see on the site) and it’s standard as far as I can see. I’ll post a link here to a full picture if I can put it up.

  2. Aravind Jose T.

    April 11, 2009

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    Cool. Congrats on the t-shirt. Loving it.
    Will get one for myself soon.
    Was amazed to see them (pringOO) using Twitter API for t-shirt designing !

    And you mentioned about the washing part. I believe you can iron it too.

    • Ankur

      April 11, 2009

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      Pringoo is also running daily contests via their @pringoo Twitter account. If you answer quickly then you can get a Twitter T-shirt as prize.

      • Aravind Jose T.

        April 11, 2009

        Yes. I’ve took part in the contest. It is daily, so the chances of winning are high ! ;)

      • Ankur

        April 11, 2009

        Tweeple do answer pretty quick though. Makes it kinda hard if you miss the tweet.

    • Ankur

      May 30, 2009

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      Believe me, everyone notices the T-shirt when you wear it to a tweetup / blogger meet. And it’s extremely handy too since you don’t have to keep introducing yourself.

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