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!
These days, everybody loves Path. Tech connoisseurs and casual users alike have given the latest Path mostly positive reviews. Path 2 is definitely one of the most beautiful apps of 2011!
A little more than a year ago, Path was quite a different app. Path, which is founded by Dave Morin, ex-Facebook executive (co-inventor of Platform and Connect on Facebook) and Shawn Fanning (creator of Napster), differentiated itself from the prevailing conception of social networks by being ultra private. Today, Path is a marvelously designed app encapsulating the symbiosis of personal-public (with personal being the default). Path is one of the first high-profile apps that address privacy within the social networking context. Now, let’s look at some of the key moments of Path product evolution.
Color Labs just released a new version of Color, its location-based photo sharing application for iPhone and Android smartphones. Noticeably, the latest version 1.0.2 comes with a much better set of primary navigation buttons.
When Color was launched on March 24 2011, many complained about its confusing user interaction design. Version 1.0 of Color was indeed overly minimalistic. The release of this latest version is addressing some of the design shortfalls.
I think the newly launched Path is a burst of fresh air in an increasingly congested, me-too social networking space. Path allows you to create and curate a more personal social network, that matters to you more. It is a simple yet elegant photo sharing application and the company is co-founded by @DaveMorin (the ex-Facebooker who posted this 100 million users mark in 2008) and @ShawnFanning (ex-Napster) and funded by rockstar investors (full list here).
Mobile, social photo sharing is in vogue these days. Startups in this marketspace include Instagr.am and picplz. However, Path offers a different social networking experience. It takes a different approach from established social networks – Facebook with mutual following (you follow someone, the other person must Accept it) and on Twitter, you ‘pull’ others’ status updates to your stream (you can Follow anyone with public profile). But, on Path, you Share (or ‘push’) your photos (or moments) to your friends. But, your friends can easily stop your moments from appearing on their Paths.