When I checked my App Store for new updates this morning, I instantly installed the newer version of Path. My favorite social network has just gotten better even though I was kinda worried about the overwhelming effects of too many novel changes. We see the latter happening every day when it comes to technology – changes are too swift to handle and the burden on the electronic gadgets consumers may be subtler than we think.
I was psyched about the Messaging feature primarily because it looks neat and, alas, Path has added this feature just like Facebook has incorporated it. The downside of Path updates in the past was that everything you post can be seen by your friends. With the Chat feature, it has now become easier to send private messages.
Clicking on the message bubble icon on the upper right corner from your profile page takes you to your Friends list. I have 6 friends on Facebook who use Path and I like how it isn’t as saturated as Facebook.
I tapped on one friend name to try sending her a message on Path. If you’re trying out the Chat feature for the first time, you will be introduced to a short description of what to expect when sending a private message.
I tapped on another friend name to test how a smiley icon and an actual text message would look like. I had typed the words first before the icon and waited for the latter to appear beside the text but this is what I got instead:
Didn’t think the icon was really that big. No wonder it overlapped with the text. I sent a more jovial smiley right after I hit Send for the text. It looks more orderly when you tap Send separately for the text and the smiley icon.
Moving on to the next feature, The Shop is a tab accessible from the home page which displays some of Path’s paid upgraded features. For the meantime it displays Stickers for Messaging and Filters for Photos and Videos. I personally don’t see a reason to pay to upgrade those features when I have an emoticons-enabled keyboard courtesy of Emoji. Moreover, I could get unique filters for photos in other free Photography apps.
Path Version 3 is an improvement, not huge, but nonetheless helps diversify and enhance Path members’ social network experience.