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At a time when Facebook seems to keep adding apps, curating news feeds, and pushing users to connect with as many other users as possible, Path, the blossoming social-sharing app for iOS and Android, is doing just the opposite. It's trying to keep things small and simple.
While the idea of social networking on a smaller scale may seem strange, it makes a lot more sense once you get to know Path. With no brand pages, groups, event invitations, or Bejeweled requests to clutter its experience, this young social network is all about sharing personal moments with loved ones. That's it. That's why it limits the number of connections you can have to 150 (a number that Path believes is the average number of true friends a person has in life).
As with any other social network, getting started on Path means creating an account and populating a profile. Your name, e-mail address, and a photo will do, but you can also add your phone number and birthday. Like Google Plus and Facebook, Path gives you a slot for a cover photo, where you can upload something a little artsier than your standard head shot.
Once you're all set up, the first thing you should notice is Path's interface, elegantly designed and head and shoulders above that of Facebook's mobile app. It's easy to zip around and share things, and the entire package just looks and feels...better. Tiny details like the emotion icons and the time stamp that appears as you scroll through updates make it a pleasure to keep tabs on friends, rather than an exhausting task, as it sometimes can be with other social-networking programs. Overall, it's a pleasantly intuitive experience.
The biggest thing that sets Path apart from other networks is the nature of the updates that get shared. While Facebook walls can be filled with posts about any number of things ("Come to my party!" "Support this cause!" "Check out my new Web site!"), Path is more about letting your friends and family know what you're up to throughout the day. Thus, its sharing options are distinctly personal. You can share photos, who you're with, where you are, the music you're listening to (with the help of a built-in Shazam-like tool), or your thoughts (essentially, through a status update). There's even an option to let your Path friends know when you're sleeping.
Granted, you can always share whatever you want, but after using Path, I can say there's a noticeable skew toward sharing personal moments, as opposed to, say, news articles or viral videos. In fact, there isn't even an easy way to share hyperlinks, which can be both a relief and a pain.
By default, your posts only go to your friends who are on Path. But if you'd like, you can easily share anything simultaneously on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Foursquare. This makes the Path app an attractive first option whenever you have something you want to share.
As impressive as Path is, though, there are still areas where it could improve. For one, it's only available via mobile app. There is no Web-based interface where you can read and post updates. Second, the photo sharing is weak. Neither the iPhone nor the Android version offers cropping, zooming, or other editing features. Also, as of now, only the iPhone version can post videos, which is baffling.
At this point, it seems to me like the biggest obstacle new Path users face is getting friends onto the network. Still relatively new in the social-app space, Path can be a tough sell to longtime Facebook devotees.
Overall, if you're looking for a simple app to keep you in the loop with only your closest friends and family, Path is the answer. It's beautiful, powerful, and at the moment seems to be growing very quickly.
Path is the trusted place for your personal life. It's where you can be yourself, stay close to the people who matter most, and share life instead of links. Path gives you complete control over what you share, and who you choose to share with. With its beautiful design and simple experience, Path maintains a 5 star rating and is loved by millions of peopleand its ad-free. - "Simply put, my family's lives have become better because of Path. It warms my heart just seeing that they have 'seen' what I've been up to, and being able to share special moments together as a family, no matter how far apart we may be. " - Ben Welland, Canada- "Path is known for its design - the company has worked hard to create a strong feeling in the app through attention to detail and careful consideration of all elements. From the shading on the buttons to the way certain features fade out when you look at a photo, its the way that small things come together that makes Path an attractive app." - Eliza Kern, GigaOMShare life as you live it, with the people you know best and care about the most, in a beautiful place that you control. Welcome to Path!Features:- Your personal life - Journal your thoughts, your sleep, and your check-ins. - Search Your Life - Search all of your memories by keyword, season, weather, dates, people, places, and more.- Collect & share media moments - the music you're listening to so friends can listen too, the movies you're watching, and the books you're reading.- Beautiful sharing - Capture photos and videos with some of the best filters and editing tools made for mobile.- Feel the love - Friends and family can react with smiles, laughs, gasps, loves, stickers, comments and more- Cross-posting - Be everywhere you want to be by posting any Path moment to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare. - Messaging - The fast, fun, and private way to message your family and friends one-to-one or in small groups. Use your words, your voice, your location, media, stickers, and more!- NEW! Private Sharing - Choose to share any Path moment privately with one or more friends- NEW! Create an Inner Circle by selecting a group of friends to easily share moments with. Filter your feed to see only moments from your Inner Circle. And change your settings to only receive notifications from your Inner Circle. - NEW! Premium - Upgrade to Path Premium and get exclusive benefits, including unlimited sticker packs, unlimited camera filters, and early access to new Shop items. Plus, youll be joining the movement to keep our personal lives private and ad-free.- Connect your Nike+ Fuelband or Nike+ Running app to share your runs and fitness progress, and enjoy cheers and support from your friends on Path in your headphones while you run!- Stickers - Say more in a single tap with free handcrafted stickers from some of our favorite artists.- The Shop - Purchase additional stickers and photo filters to customize your Path, and to express yourself in your messages.
What's new in this version: Premium: - Subscribe to Path Premium and get exclusive benefits, including unlimited free sticker packs, unlimited free camera filters, and early access to new Shop items. Private Sharing: -Have complete control over who sees each post. - Capture a moment and share it privately with one or more friends on a moment-by-moment basis. Inner Circle: - Pick a smaller group of friends to share Inner Circle moments with.- Easily share any moment with your Inner Circle. - Filter your feed to only see mom... See all new features
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"Simple, yet awesome social networking app"
Version: Path 1.7
Has a cool, sleek interface, allows you to share a variety of facets in your life, has filters for your photos, has a more intimate feel than other social networks, and it's free!
Might be too simple for some people, but I think this is what makes it stand out from other social networking apps.
Path is a cool little social networking app that lets you share parts of your life to the people who really matter. With facebook, twitter, instagram, and all that hoopla, it's hard not to fall into a social media overload. The beauty of the Path app lies in its simplicity and personal feel. The photo filters and chat feature help to reinforce this. Plus you don't have to worry what you're sharing, since it'll be limited to within your small group of friends. Path is a cool, new, breathe of fresh air in the overcrowded realm of social media.
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