By Path, Inc.
As much as we like Path’s look and organized layout, the social-networking mobile app doesn’t stack up against the other giant social sites of today. Still, one of Path’s greatest attributes is that you can update each of your popular social-network accounts via this one app.
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For the huge majority of us who enthusiastically document and detail our selected whereabouts and experiences online, we typically turn to established social-networking and sharing sites like Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare and Twitter to do so. So it’s fair to wonder: Where do apps with similar features fit in?
One of those comparable networks is the new app, Path—a “smart journal that helps you share life with the ones you love,” so its tagline reads. As expected, Path is a lot like what’s already out there. It’s a quick, easy way to share what you’re doing, where you are and whom you’re with, just simply redesigned, reformatted and repackaged in an intriguing way.
Path tracks your day from the second you wake up to the second you hop in bed, from neighborhood to neighborhood and everything in between—if you have the time to record all of it, that is.
Your day’s events are laid out in a sleek, easy-to-read format that allows you to literally trace your and your friends’ paths quickly and easily. You can post pictures, discuss your thoughts about what you had for lunch, share the song you just listened to or comment on entries posted by other users (sound familiar?). We admit that we love the little smiley faces you can attribute to your fellow Pathers’ posts, though.
Without a doubt, the best part of the app is its overarching ability to share everything you post (things you might do individually) to each of your popular social sites. For example, the picture of your dog you just uploaded to Path can automatically be sent to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, if you choose to do so. Basically, Path links everything up, which is not a new feature by any means, but simply a welcomed, time-saving tool.
It’s important to note that Path recently received some heat for not being absolutely truthful about what it does with users’ stored information. But since then, they have vowed to fix the problem and be more careful with users’ trust. Still, it’s tough to say if Path will keep its growing user base after the incident.
Path is exceptionally well designed and a great way to connect all of your social networks together, but only time will tell if it has the staying power that our favorites do.
Reviewed: Feb 16, 2012 | Sara Runnels