It takes a lot to impress me these days when it comes to mobile apps.
There is a lot of “flattery” in iOS apps in the form of imitating popular user experiences *cough* the Instagram layout *cough*, and not a lot of UI/UX innovation.
Path, you did it; you impressed me.
You’ve given me some very compelling reasons to dust off the Path app, and to stray away from my beloved Facebook. You made sharing better, prettier and more personal.
What is Path?
Path, as you may or may not remember, launched around November 2010 as a photo/video sharing only app. Path was created to fill that privacy void between “friends” and real-life friends.
Path’s initial hype came from it’s anti-social approach to social media of only allowing you 50 friends max, and that was refreshing at the time. Remember, this was back before Google+ and Circles, and before Facebook ripped off Circles to limit your status updates’ reach, and no one was thinking smaller social networking at the time.
So what’s new in Path 2?
It’s more that just photos and video.
The newest iteration of Path allows you to share everything, and as a result it’s has truly become a journal to log and share more personal moments with your close friends and family. No more self filtering your social updates for your so-called “friends”.
Sharing in Path now includes: thoughts, location, music you’re listening to, photos, videos, friends you’re with–and a new one for social media–sharing when you’re asleep and when you’re awake.
The user interface in the app is very slick. It borrows from the new Facebook iPhone app UI for that familiar sliding menu/feed navigation (a pet peeve of mine), but there is something to be said for following the leader in this case.
The activity feed itself has been updated with icons represent the different types of sharing, so at a glance it is easy identify what the content of the update is.
My favorite part of the Path app is in the interactions it allows to have with friends’ posted updates. Path picks up where the ‘Like’ and +1 buttons leave off. Instead of the simple, nondescript ‘Like’ or “+ one”, path allows you to express emotion or context with your like via emoticons. In addition, Path allows you to post a comments on updates.
As a bonus, users will be happy to know that Path let’s you see everyone that viewed your update. No more sending updates into the interaction-less social abyss.
So download the Path app, choose your friends wisely, and starting sharing your life.
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