With Facebook and Twitter being so popular in social networking, it would seem Path makes no sense in this world of over-sharing. However, instead of continuing in the same footsteps of Twitter or Facebook, Path decided to try a new approach with a more personal social networking experience. What came out of this formula is a 50 friend limit and only three ways to share your life online: things, places and people.
The biggest catch to Path is that it is completely mobile. You must have a smartphone (with a camera) in order to have an account with the website. Currently, Path is advertising mainly for the iPhone but will soon have availability on the Android, BlackBerry and other markets.
Instead of text status updates, Mashable
has reported that Path lets you use pictures taken by the user's phone to socialize. Then, the user can add three pieces of information as a type of caption along with the picture--this is where the places, things and people tags come into play. This minimalist venture also shuns social networking staples such as comments and the ability to favorite or like something.
On Path's blog
, the creators of the self-proclaimed Personal Network explains Path like this:
"Path is the personal network. A place to be yourself and share life with close friends and family. The personal network doesn’t replace your existing social networks – it augments them."
They also went on to say that because of the very close-knit, personal experience from Path, that users can "...always trust that you can post any moment, no matter how personal. Path is a place where you can be yourself."
The people who founded Path are a mixture from the technology world: co-founder of Napster Shawn Fanning, Facebook's former senior platform manager Dave Morin and Macster co-creator Dustin Mierau, who lobbied their idea to even bigger names for funding. Kevin Rose of Digg fame were one of the investors, as reported by Mashable.
Currently, people with iPhone's are the only users who can use Path, but, others who might have a smartphone that is not supported by Apple can still sign-up with Path and will receive a notification of when they will expand to other mobile platforms.