Turn WhatsApp Chats Into A Personalized Book
Startup aims to turn digital conversations into a physical keepsake
zapptales is a German startup that wants us to treasure chat logs as much as we treasure photos. Instead of a photo book, they’ve allowed users to turn their WhatsApp chats into a printed hardcover alongside a downloadable PDF version. By importing the chat log into the easy-to-use interface, users will be able to edit everything, from texts that they want to exclude, to the size of photos, background colors, and personalizing names.
The idea for this service came about when Daniel Vicen Renner, one of the founders, wanted to incapsulate a particular chat group where his sister had shared photos and updates of her first baby. Renner felt that it would have “been a shame to lose this very personal diary of the baby’s first year to the depths of the digital world.”
Prices start from 24.50€ for a softcover to 29.90€ for a hardcover. Currently, zapptales only ships to EU countries, Switzerland, USA, and Canada.
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Juliana is co-founder and executive director of Ushahidi, a technology nonprofit established in Africa that develops free and open-source software for information collection, interactive mapping and data curation. Ushahidi builds tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. Through Crowdmap.com, Swiftly.org and accompanying mobile applications, Ushahidi is making crowdsourcing tools more available and useful. Juliana is originally from Kenya and attended the University of Missouri where she received a degree in information technology.
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