Path is a social media app with strict privacy settings. Users tend to use the app within their close circles of friends to keep abreast of everyone’s activity. Path integrates many forms of communication into one app. Available is the ability to send one-on-one and group messages, record voice memos, share location, take photos, add stickers, music to each message or comment. While Path is an app used mainly within circles of friends, it can be combined with other social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Foursquare. Path combines aspects of each of the former apps and services to create a truly unique and all-encompassing way of communicating and sharing ideas and thoughts with friends and family. Interactions are archived as searchable “moments” allowing users to view their Path relationship history. Users can indicate whether they are awake or sleeping — and even share the music they are listening to. Although it may seem a bit intrusive, one must realize it is a very private app, developed for close groups and friends and family. Though parents can control the privacy settings, the complexity of the app makes it best suited for children 10 and older.
Path is all about communication and expression. Users are encouraged to share details that may be too personal for larger social media sites. Because Path was developed well after Facebook, users are not overwhelmed by extensive accumulated friend lists. They can choose from the moment they start using the app who they wish to connect with. Users can get even more expressive with the app's camera filter feature. Here they can capture a moment and apply a filter or effect that directly reflects the mood created by the subject. Path helps friends and family stay close no matter how far they are apart. And when the written word doesn't quite express a desired emotion, users can record themselves recounting a day or an experience. They can then publish the recording to the app in the same way they would publish a comment. Such intimacy can help induce metacognition, or thinking about one's own thinking. Users who frequently use social media may not be privy to this type of self-awareness. If they looked at all of their comments, pictures, and wall posts, it is likely they would find consistencies and behavioral patters. The problem is however, that this information is spread out among 3 or more platforms. Path makes it easy to search through "moments" helping users to better understand the nature of their behavior.
Path is a one-stop hub for organizing all social media. Because the app can be synced with platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Foursquare, users can manage all of their interactions from one source: Path. Such succinct organization helps users to manage their social lives with ease and convenience. Users can even choose to turn the app into a daily planner. Users can write down "moments" to serve as reminders. While there is no reminder alarm system, users can effectively organize their activities into a series of "moments" which are easily searchable. Others can contribute too. Especially for projects or assignments involving a group, Path can prove to aid is consolidating all relevant information into a single platform.
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