Don't forget to share

Path was co founded by Dustin Mierau and Dave Morin and was originally understood to be the social network that shares your path through life with your close friends or family. However, Path has had some major updates since its first launch a year ago.

Path are now suggesting that it is more of a personal private journal, with very serious security, where nothing is shared publically unless you purposely share something to another network.

Path is a free iTunes application that originally enabled you to send photos and details of who you are with, where you are and what you are doing to your closest 50 friends of relatives, this didn’t interest me at all, it sounded like a half pint version of Foursquare, which I don’t even use all that much.  I eventually signed up to Path in August 2011 and have hardly used it, until now.

Path make changes

Dustin and Dave have really listened to what users want and watching how they were using Path (Mark Zuckerberg take note) and they have completely redesigned and changed how Path works. I cannot believe how different it is now, it is now an amazingly beautiful, colourful private social networking experience.

Description

Path is the Smart Journal that helps you share life with the ones you love — your thoughts, the music you’re listening to, where you are, who you’re with, when you wake and when you sleep, and beautiful high quality photos and videos. And for those of you who like to share on public networks like Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, and Facebook, you can easily check-in, upload photos and videos, and tweet directly from Path.

From iTunes 

In the new version of Path 2.0.1

When you first log in you see your gorgeous home page with all the colours and options, all the friends that have added you, and your feed. At the bottom any notifications or visits to your path, which you can click to find out more details.

Automatic –  Path learns about your routine so that when you spend time in a new neighborhood or visit a new town it records it for you automatically, so you don’t even need to check in. This is an opt out of option which surprised me, I thought it would be opt in if you want it as Path are so security conscious but, as it is supposed to be just your closest friends or family, then maybe that doesn’t matter. Do you think?

On your home page, in the bottom left hand corner there is a plus sign which hold all of the magic. I love the little clock that floats down the page showing the time and day on your timeline.

Here you can

  • Camera – Take photos – or choose photos or videos from you files and post them your information to various networks or just to your Path.
  • Friends list – Add who you are with
  • Check in – Share your location
  • Music – Share your music with your friends
  • Thought – this is like your status
  • Sleep or Awake – Turn path notifications on or off and Record your sleep schedule to your Path with correct moon phases and number of hours slept.
The Sleep thing is really clever, it posts an amusing update if you go to bed late or get up early.

If you scroll left you have the Add Friends page – where its very easy to find your friends in a number of different ways.

If you scroll right you have the menu

  • Home – Back to your home page
  • Path – Shows your own path
  • Activity – Activity on your path – visitors etc
  • Settings – You can turn off the neighbourhood tracker here.
  • Sign Out

I love that you can you can easily post to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare directly from Path.

The guys are constantly looking at this application to update and change it even further, its certainly getting more interesting now than when it first started, and its free!

Also available on adroid from the Android Market Place – Path 

The iTunes link is – Path for iPhone

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

Hope this helps