Paris students launch Poople Maps dog mess app

Miss Domercq, 19, said she and her colleagues homed in on the idea after “a
simple excursion in a French town where it was simply impossible to walk on
the pavements without keeping your eyes glued to the ground”.

“The objective isn’t simply to help users know where there will be lots
of dog mess,” Miss Domercq told Le Parisien newspaper.

“The main idea is that the application will show local authorities that
they have a problem and to motivate them to find some solutions.”

Freshly launched, Poople Maps has a growing following of mostly Parisian users
who are fed up with the ubiquity of what the French call “étrons”
on their streets.

For the moment the application, which lets users “geolocalise”
individual dog messes, is only accessible through a smartphone browser,
rather than as a downloaded app. It can be accessed from “flashing”
a bar code or going directly to the website.

The creators say Poople Maps will soon be available to download through
Google’s Play Store and Apple Store. They intend to improve it to allow
users to “personalise” photos of their finds, share them on social
networks and earn virtual badges of honour via a points system.

“We know we’ll never achieve total victory over the scourge of dog mess,”
the creators say on the site. “There will always be a poo that gets
through the net. But we hope that this application will reduce the volume,
and that will be a victory in itself.”

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