New App Can Make Social Network More Personal
Do you want to share some personal moments of your life with only a section a friend, instead of every person you have in your network? A new app called Path can help you.
Originally conceived as a way to post photos and videos for close family and friends to see, this app was re-released this month. This time Path is a “smart journal” that enables users to share more about their lives.
Matt Van Horn, a vice president at Path described Path is a smaller network built for the people loved most by the user. Van Horn said, “People are willing to share more intimate content as a result of that”.
This app can also learn the habits of a user. For example, Path can understand your favorite places, and can recognize deviations in patterns and broadcast them to their ‘path’, the social stream visible to your connections.
Path is inspired by British anthropologist and Oxford professor Robin Dunbar That is why, it limits the number of social connections that a user can have to 150 people. 150 is considered as the upper limit of the number of trusted relationships a person can have, and is a direct function of biology of a human body.
The average user on Path has five to ten connections.
As the creators of Path claim, since its re-launch, this app has experienced a 30-fold increase in the number of daily users.
Path is a free app. However, users have to pay for some features. However, the company said that ads would not be included on the website.
“We believe in creating quality products that our users will want to pay for,” Van Horn said.
Path is available for iOS and Android devices. It also integrates with Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Tumblr to allow cross-posting to the social networks.