You're a good person, so you know not to talk to strangers in public restrooms while they do their business—especially if you can tell it's business of the No. 2 variety. But maybe you've always longed for a world without the rigid rules of social decency that keep us from having meaningful, anonymous conversations from atop the toilet. If so, there's a new app for you.
Pooductive was created by developer Ricardo Gruber and a fellow student with a very simple premise: It's a social network for people who happen to be using the bathroom at the same time. You can choose a group chat or one-on-one and be matched with fellow poopers either locally or globally. Gruber first tried to get the app off the ground with a Kickstarter that garnered just three backers and 184 British pounds (out of their 10,000 pound goal). But the app bounced back and is currently available for free download on the iPhone.
Along with the simple messaging feature, users are encouraged to select "songs that describe it," which some might think is a little bit too much information, but those people probably aren't on this app anyway.
The Pooductive website describes the app as:
A place of magic and wonder where people from all 7 kingdoms can meet to seek refuge and enjoy their time of zen, peace and quite together, by conversing, philosophising and sharing ideas with each other...whilst sitting on their iron thrones.
But the creators have an even loftier goal in mind. The team explained to The Guardian via email that although the first round of press attention came before this particular feature could be worked out, they "hope to connect Pooductive with some big charities that focus on both clean water and improving hygiene in developing countries."
They have since added a call for donations to charity: water to their site.