It’s called Path and is being dubbed a ‘personal network’ rather than a ‘social network.’ The biggest difference between Path and networks like Facebook or Twitter? You’re limited to just 50 friends. Gone are the days of sharing your dinner plans with 10,000 of your followers. (You can still do that on Twitter but that’s not how Path works.)
Path is designed to share the more private information you may be withholding from Facebook and Twitter. Got an inside joke that only a select number of friends would enjoy? Share it on Path. Saw Johnny So-And-So down the street and heard he joined the Army? Let your close friends (who would actually care) know about it on Path.
This means the relatively small number of friends (50) you can have on Path is perfect for an average classroom size. (While most are smaller, there are larger classrooms in college, etc.) Teachers could use Path in the classroom by posting questions only their students can see, pictures of interesting things that apply to this week’s lessons, etc.
There’s lots of fun ways to use the new platform. It’s still in its infancy (just launched an hour ago!) but has lots of potential. It may even cause places like Facebook to build up its ‘Groups’ platform even more to compete with the likes of Path.
Want to know if Path will actually resonate with users? While no one knows just yet, there are some tech heavyweights involved in running and funding Path so the chances are good it’ll last longer than many other startups.
From the Path Blog: Today we are proud to launch The Personal Network. Practically all of us carry a camera phone, and our photos tell the stories of our lives. Starting today, we hope that Path is the place you will always feel comfortable being yourself and sharing the story of your life with your closest friends and family via the photos you take every day with your mobile device.
We’re launching first on the App Store on iPhone. If you do not have an iPhone, you can still register and check out Path through your browser.
So, what is Path?
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.
Path allows you to capture your life’s most personal moments and share them with the 50 close friends and family in your life who matter most.
Because your personal network is limited to your 50 closest friends and family, you can always trust that you can post any moment, no matter how personal. Path is a place where you can be yourself.
Path is a ‘personal network’ app for the iPhone…
Path is a new social network app for the iPhone that lets you share what’s going on in your life with friends and family. It’s kinda like Twitter or Instagram, but it’s kinda not.
with a personal twist…
Unlike other social media platforms where a bigger list of friends is always better, Path caps you at 50 friends. The idea is that when you know you’re just sharing with people you really trust, you’ll be far more inclined to share without inhibition.
based on sharing pictures…
Photos are the meat of Path. Snap one on your iPhone, tag it with any number of people, places, or things, and fire it off to your friends. It’ll show up on their Paths, and a feature called “See” shows you which of your friends have actually stopped by and viewed your photo. Stop ignoring my pictures, friends!
that was developed by an all-star crew…
Path is the brainchild of Dave Morin, a long time Facebook employee who left the company last January, Shawn Fanning, Napster founder, and Dustin Mierau, developer of the Mac Napster client Macster. It’s a pretty impressive team.
Path is available in the App Store right now for free.