Path is hot. The relaunched version hit over 1 million users in just 2 weeks. To compare, these start ups reached over a million users in a record time:
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But what is Path? Isn’t it just another social sharing app? Doesn’t it just make you feel confused… What to share and where: There is Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Pinterest, and so on.. And now Path?
I’ve been using it for 2 weeks now and this is my review:
Smart Journal on the go
Path is ‘the Smart Journal that helps you share life with the ones you love‘. I think path is most comparable with Facebook, but Path is only available for you phone. And where facebook you can manage to ‘make 5000 friends’, Path sets a maximum of 150 friends, so you have to be picky. Only your real friends and family will be able to see your most special moments. And isn’t that what it’s all about? You just suggest your partner or best friends to download Path and share your special moments together. Path is known to the ‘early adapters’ for over a year now. Its said to be the ‘Facebook’ for the hipster… But I think it’s way more than that.
Share special moments
You can share thoughts, music you are listening to, where you are, who you’re with, when you wake up and when you go to sleep.. See how it works. You can go as personal as you want with Path. Offcourse, you can do that on Facebook too. But do you really think that your 346 ‘friends’ are waiting for this kind of information? Don’t think so.
Track your sleep rhytm
Fun fact: Path does the math on how many hours of sleep you got (you can actually get a grip on your sleep rhytm without those annoying apps that don’t work), it also gives you a local weather report. Path cheers you up with lines like ‘The early bird gets the worm’, ‘Sleep? who needs sleep’, ‘Carpe diem!’, ‘Time to make the donuts!’ and my favourite so far: Got 10 hours of sleep. Today is spotless. You can also choose to check in on Foursquare with Path. Sharing moments via Path on Facebook and Twitter is also possible, but I don’t really use those options.
Pretty & Smart
The new design is really pretty and the interface is easy. You can decorate your Path easily with your own photo. It’s also really handy for lazy people (or people that just forget to ‘check in’ somewhere): If you opt ‘Neighborhood on‘ in your settings, Path will be a journal that writes itself. For instance, if you start spending time in a new neighborhood, the app will add that information to your path. Similarly, if you travel by plane to a new city, Path can tell based on the distance you traveled that you likely took a plane and will post that trip automatically. Smart!
Private & Fun
Like I said before, Path limits your friends to 150 maximum. But keeping any post private is a simple option, or you can just share with your friends on Path. What I also like, is the way you can react to a share: You can choose between different emoticons and show a little more emotion than the ‘like’ button does. You can now easily see who smiled at your photo and who loved it. People can also just comment on it, but the emoticons, but the emotions are fun and fast. The camera option within the Path app is also nice, plus it provides a couple of filters that differ from the Instagram filters.
Family and friends overseas
Path is a great way to keep you family posted in a private way:
“Path’s goal is to get you sharing openly and more often. Being over 18, that’s not really a life goal of mine. But being over 18, I also value the family and close friendships I have. So while Facebook is fun and Twitter lets me live at 140 characters a minute, there’s a lot of stuff I just don’t want the world to know. And frankly, there’s a lot it doesn’t want to know. Path is for the people in your life who do. That blurry photo of my niece riding a bike for the first time with no trainer wheels? That’s gold. I notice that didn’t go on Facebook. My wife recently took a holiday with our two girls without me. Path was brilliant for keeping family up with all that was happening. Lots of photos of my girls and their friends. For family overseas it’s also a win. You just don’t want that on Facebook. “ (from a review by Alex Hugget)
Yes, it’s very comparable with Facebook. But it’s all up to you. Make it private. Keep it just for you and your best friends. Or even just for you: it’s your digital journal because it helps you remember special, private moments. I’m a fan!
5 reasons to get Path
★It helps you remember!