Path remains my constant favorite iPhone app since its launch in November 2010. The ‘personal network’ app differentiates itself by limiting each user to share updates, or moments, with only 50 friends and family (later increased to 150). A year after the launch, Path 2.0 was unveiled with a massively revamped interface and an enhanced set of features. The new iteration won well-deserved raves, particularly for its über-cool interface design. Its daily active users went 10,000 to 300,000 in just two and a half weeks!
It is now almost a year since the release of version 2.0 and high time for another major upgrade. The production of the new Path 3.0 is undoubtedly already goes full steam ahead. Nevertheless, I hope the upcoming iteration comes with variants of these features:
- Private Sharing: You can post moments for your friends & family on Path to see. Or you can choose to keep postings for your eyes only. There is no way to privately share specific photo with another person on Path. Maybe the company does not see the point of adding another privacy control within an already personal network. But even within an extended family network on Path, the ability to share some moments with only my wife is pretty handy.
- More Automation, Please: As a smart journal, it would be nice if Path allows me to enter my daily schedule i.e. where I’ll be and when I’ll be there. At each preset time during the day, the app activates the GPS to check if I’m already at the pre-defined location. If yes, Path app checks into the location without my intervention. Other than manual input, the app can also access Events on Facebook and Calender on Google.
- Voice: Currently, Path users can post text, photo, and video. Why not voice? Not critical, but it is still nice to have. I can imagine seeing voice posting beautifully display on Path as audio spectrum à la SoundCloud.
- Reliving Past Moments: Over the past two years, I’ve posted close to three thousand moments on Path. However, it is no easy task to revisit your old moments. Its new iPad app helps but only in a limited sense. In landscape mode, the app compiles daily moments into a single page. Maybe something like Remember This? on SnapJoy is a good start and is especially useful to browse post moments. The time spent using the app can be increased with such feature.
- Personal Analytic: Path can help me to understand more about my life. I use Path to ‘record’ my daily activities. To create more value, Path should crunch my data to extract some interesting insights about my lifestyle. Interesting stats include frequently visited places (based on check-ins), persons you’re with the most, total photos posted, total hours spent watching movies, etc.
Path is already a beautifully designed product. The above-mentioned features can make Path even more useful for its 3 million users and catalyze yet another growth spurt.