What is Path?
Path is a new social media app available for iPhone and Android users (sorry BlackBerry owners). The app allows you to share “moments” with your friends that include location check ins, photos, the music you’re listening to, the people you’re with, and the thoughts you’re thinking. You can watch the demo, advertisement, and download the app here.
What’s new and great about Path?
The user interface is absolutely stunning. It’s easy to create a new moment, see the activity on your profile, and view someone else’s Path. While Facebook and Twitter are more complex, Path is simple and easy to understand. The app also combines a lot of features from other popular social media sites which gives Path the “all in one” feel.
So, what’s not the like?
The good things about Path are also the not so great things about Path. Since it combines features from Twitter, Last.fm Facebook, Foursquare, and Instagram, it’s essentially another app that does that same thing as other apps you’re probably already using. As I’ve been using Path, I’ve thought to myself “These people can get the same information on Foursquare and see these pictures on Instagram.” The only feature that is unique to Path is its asleep and awake feature. Users can tell the app when they’re going to sleep and wake up, which is then visible to friends following their Path.
The bottom line
Path is a great app - it’s nice to find everyone’s information in one place rather than checking four different sites for the same information. But it does get repetitive. If you’re active on social media, you will see the same posts from the same people several times. You’ll also notice the poor sleeping habits of your friends. Path may get better once more people get on it. It’s fun at first but the cool factor seems to fade quickly when you realize how repetitive it is.
I hope that Path becomes more interesting in the future but I doubt it’ll be anytime soon due to the booming popularity of apps like Foursquare, Instagram, and Twitter. But we’ll see where it goes. Remember how long it took Twitter to catch on?