What is Path? Path is a social network for mobile devices. It allows you to share photos and send messages to up to 150 people. Path was founded in November 2010 by three people, Dave Morin Shawn Fanning, and Dustin Mierau. Their headquarters are in San Francisco, California where they were also founded. Path is available to use around the world in multiple languages. Much like Instagram, users upload pictures and add tags for people, places and things for other people to see. Originally, Path was intended to be paired with other social networks such as Facebook, not a social network site of its own.
Just You and Yours
The site only allows for 150 contacts to encourage people to choose who their contacts are more carefully. Choosing people that you are close to as contacts makes users feel more comfortable with sharing more personal information by keeping in in their private group of friends. Unlike larger social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram where the idea is to connect with as many people as possible, Path is meant to be just you and your closest friends and family, people you can share everything with. It’s for you to post the things you wouldn’t want everyone on your Facebook to see.
- Meant for just who you want to see
- Limits contacts to 150
- More secure because it’s friends and family
What Does it Do?
It’s small size gives its charm and uniqueness to stand out in a growing sea of new social networks. Path began as an app on iPhone and its own website, www.path.com. Path eventually expanded to have apps on other devices such as Windows phones, Androids, and iPads. The Path app has over 10 million downloads, with the world’s largest Path user base is found in Indonesia with over 4 million users. Path has also released an app to expand their services called Path Talk. This app allows you to share more than just pictures. You can message music, movies, books, maps, voice, and videos. It also allows you to know when your friends are in transit, in the area, low on battery, and more.
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