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Reviewing Path Version 3

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Path Version 3 is an improvement, not huge, but nonetheless helps diversify and enhance Path members’ social network experience.

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Bugs on Social Network App Path

I visit the social media app Path more than I do with Facebook. I logged in an hour ago to my Path account and thought of changing my profile picture.

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I went to my Path profile instead of my Home (News Feed equivalent for Facebook). But I noticed something off with the number of views indicated in my two top posts. It says I have 5 and 36 views for a status update and song listened update. I have 6 friends and I rarely get 5 friend views on my updates, let alone 36 views. To view who has viewed your update, the gray skinhead icon should be clicked. I saw faces there I don’t recognize.

However my next three updates reflected just about the normal average views my update would get – 2 friend views.

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In one update with two views, I tried to click on the gray skinhead smiley to see the third odd person is.

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As expected it was someone I don’t know. It clearly states that if he or she isn’t on your Path friends’ list, they cannot view your Path updates.

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I looked to the App Store for these bug fixes. Sure enough there is a new update released on February 1st.

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Mobile App Path As An Alternative to Facebook

Did you already consider yourself internet savvy when Friendster once ruled social networking? If you already were, chances are you were also polygamous when it comes to social networking and tirelessly explored what MySpace, Multiply and eventually Facebook has to offer.

Along the way you’d have also discovered that expanding your social network came with a caveat – it’s a fact that we trust some friends more than others. It’s interesting that one of the changes Facebook has implemented last year was to enable customization on who can view our Timeline posts – whenever we post a new Facebook status update, we have the option to make it available for Public view, Friends of Friends, Friends or Custom (read: hiding the update from a few friends).

If Facebook’s saturation becomes unbearable for you, then you’ll like Path as a more private alternative to social networking for a social media recluse like you.

What is Path?

Path is a mobile-based social networking application. It works and looks like Facebook’s Timeline, although it has a personal diary feel to it. When you click on the Path icon on your home screen, a red journal with the word Path flips over by default to your Home page. The latter is the equivalent of Facebook’s News Feed.

What are the types of updates I can share in Path?

The type of updates you can share on Path range from photo, location, music, movies, books, thoughts to sleep/awake updates. Each update logged is called “moment” and arranged vertically in reverse chronological order, traversing a straight line or path, pretty much like a map of a city train station.

If Facebook has a Like, Comment, or Share option for each Timeline post, Path has happy smiley, wink smiley, surprised/shocked smiley, sad smiley and heart icons. Of course it has a Trash Bin icon should you change your mind and delete a “moment”.

How do I share updates on Path?

On your Home page, tap on the Plus button located on the lower left hand side of the app. You’ll then see 5 round icons with images: a camera for sharing a photo, a map pin for sharing your location, a quaver or musical note for music you’re currently listening to, speech bubble for thoughts, and a waning crescent moon to notify your Path friends that you’ve dozed off or has awakened.

Path does not support multiple uploads, which makes sense because it lists “moments”. (READ MORE…)