Path – personal social network app of your close friends & family
Oct 3, 2012 10:31 AM –
Path is a personal social network you limit to the friends and family close to you. You can, of course, share & create photo filters for pictures, post thoughts and check-ins, plus share these with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare. By limiting you to 150 connections, to those that matter to you, and not an umpteen number of vaguely known folks in your social circle… is this the app to replace all your other social apps? Let’s find out in the review!
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S3
Pros & Cons:
- Limits you to 150 people, so it tries to force you to focus on just your close friends and family!
- The UI is very pretty!
- It’s mostly pulling information from services you’re probably already linked to those friends and family, which might lead you back to using those social networks.
Path is a quirky little social network app that, instead of encouraging you to create new content, instead looks to curate content from other services. The difference is that it tries to limit it to just close friends and family, so you can see in one place the updates from all the people you care the most about.
You can apply filters & crop photos as with other popular photo editing apps. You can share music, movies, and books you’re engaged with. And the ‘Seen-its’ feature shows you who has viewed your moments and who has visited your Path.
In theory, it’s a good idea. And it even executes it rather well. I must admit, though, I question the need for it. Maybe because I’m not the kind of person to have a huge network of people I barely know. On all my networks, I keep them small, to people I actually know in real life, and who’s updates I actually want to read. So for me, Path just really gave me redundant information that I had seen elsewhere already.
And that was for the one friend I have who uses it – Path doesn’t pull from your friend’s profiles automatically, they have to create an account and allow Path to connect to them. So unless you know a lot of people using it, or you can convince them to use it, it falls a bit flat. I saw more of my own information pulled from my connected networks, which, to be honest, I don’t care about. I put it up in the first place, and if I want to see a feed of my Facebook posts, I can just go to Facebook. 😕
Path Photo Filters
Path Share Music
Maybe it’s just me, but I have to be honest, I didn’t see huge value in Path, besides the minor fact that you can consolidate social streams of those close to you. It doesn’t really have any new content, it just acts as a place to see content you’ve already probably seen on other networks. I suppose if you’re the kind of person who has thousands of people in your network, most of whom you really don’t know, it would be a good way to filter and quickly access your actual friends and family, if they also use Path. But for the average user, I have to admit, I don’t think it brings anything new.
Ease of Use:
It is very easy to use. I just created an account, then linked it with my existing social networks. I was up and running in a few minutes, at most.
Personally, I didn’t find myself using it often, since I was getting my updates on the actual networks where they originated. For the large network person, I can see logging into Path once or twice a day to check on your immediate circle and filter out the clutter.
I have to say, this is the one place where Path really stood out. I loved the look and feel of the app, and thought the design was just beautiful.