Three quarters of smartphone owners admit to using their devices while sat on the toilet, so perhaps the only surprise is that it’s taken this long for an app to link them up to other random people also sat on the loo.
Released by developer Ricardo Gruber, the free iPhone app Pooductive offers anonymous messaging, with the hook that everyone you encounter will be similarly occupied.
“Think of it as a magical place where people from around the globe can anonymously meet to enjoy their time of zen, peace and quite together, by conversing, philosophising and sharing ideas with each other.
You can add friends, have group chats or simply enjoy a 1 on 1 conversation… it is so much better and more entertaining then simply reading the back of a shampoo bottle.”
Complete with a promotional screenshot with someone frankly sharing more information than we feel is necessary on a family website, the app is unlikely to rival messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, which have 800 million and 700 million active users respectively.
Gruber will be hoping that Pooductive is more popular with iPhone owners than it was with visitors to crowdfunding site Kickstarter earlier this year. A campaign trying to raise €10k to make the app attracted just three backers and €184 of pledges before it was cancelled.
“Most of our personal money has been invested into making this app a reality. However, since we are only students, we no longer have the financial resources needed to sustain the financial lifeline needed to allow Pooductive to reach its full potential,” explained the pitch.
The main obstacle to the app’s success is that all those toilet-toiling smartphone users are using their regular social apps: Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and – shudder at the implications here if you like – Snapchat.
Source: The Guardian