Well over a year ago a new social network, Path, was launched. It was positioned as ‘personal network’ and friends were limited to just 50, a number based on the psychology theories that 150 is the maximum number of social relationships any human can handle.
The launch had received a lot of positive coverage, but following the initial buzz things went quiet and Path seemed to be forgotten. That was until last week’s relaunch which repositions the platform as a ‘smart journal’ for use on smart phones.
Overall, its mission has not changed…to allow users to share highly-personal information with a small number of close friends and family members. The upper limit has been raised to 150, but most user have, on average, five to 10 connections.
It’s very easy to use. The basic layout looks similar to Facebook and Twitter and it features a stream of posts that is generated by users and their Path friends. It has most expected features including buttons for photos, videos, people, location check-ins and updates.
In addition, Path allows users to post music with an in-built iTunes preview. There is also a sleep/awake button to keep friends informed with such events in a users life.
The more a person uses Path, the smarter the technology gets about the individual, and it will automatically update his Path with important changes to the daily routine. This feature might ruffle some privacy feathers.
My take? Personally, I really don’t think there is an urgent need for a new social network. But I’m game to try it out and see if it gains traction.
- Make Way for Path; Social Networking Among the Most Loved Ones (devicemag.com)
- Path the New Facebook (isaacloo.wordpress.com)
- i enjoy using Path and you will too (karimkanji.wordpress.com)