Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sh*tter: start-up lets you turn your Twitter stream into toilet paper

It sounds like something that might come from The Onion, but it's real. A new start-up named "Shitter" will take your Tweets and turn them into toilet.

Indeed, it's the perfect gift for anyone who has ever criticized Twitter and said that most of the content on it amounts to a steaming pile of dog dung. The tagline for Shitter's homepage reads, “Social media has never been so disposable.”

For a mere $35, Shitter will turn your Twitter stream into four rolls of toilet paper. You pay with PayPal, but it's unclear if they use recycled paper in the resulting toilet paper.

The site is belongs to a team of four developers who live in New York and Sydney, who call Collector’s Edition (CE). A prior CE project was, which tried to explain to visitors how you could tell if "a bloke" was going to buy you a drink or slug you (more or less).

Founder David Gillespie said,

“Obviously this is fairly tongue in cheek, but we’re reasonably pleased we monetized Twitter in a way that avoided advertising. We all have other jobs, though would obviously like to make it a full-time thing. As you saw, The Meaning Of Mate was the first thing CE did, now this. The direction is still settling, but I think there’s some kind of course to chart around just trying to entertain people. I don’t know where the revenue is, it may very well wind up needing to be funded by brands when the right project comes along. I can’t imagine Kleenex having put their name to Shitter though!”

Interstingly, since the idea started to get some press, it also started to get some support. Angel investor and StockTwits founder Howard Lindzon Tweeted that he wants to invest in Shitter. He didn't say if he wanted that Tweet on some toilet paper, too, however.

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