Path jumps on the private messaging bus, releases new Talk for iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2014

Path, the private social network for families and close friends, is jumping on the messaging bandwagon with launch of a new privacy-focused, standalone messaging software for the iPhone.

Available free in the App Store, Path Talk is basically a spin-off of Path’s in-app messenger. For starters, your message exchanges get automatically wiped out from the servers after 24 hours.

And, Path Talk has a nice Ambient Status feature that automatically lets your friends know when you’re in transit, in the neighborhood and even low on battery, possibly helping reduce some misunderstandings in online communication… Read More

 

Five months later, Path gets its iOS 7 refresh. The question is, do you still care?

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2014

The once popular private social network, Path, has finally received today its way, way overdue iOS 7 refresh. I mean, the 2014 Valentine’s Day is looming and Apple released iOS 7 back on September 18, 2013.

If you’re still using Path – I don’t as I’m pressed for time – you’ll immediately notice a revamped appearance making the software adhere to the overall iOS 7 aesthetics.

Controls in Settings have been simplified, you can now use the iOS 7 swipe gesture to navigate the menus and browsing the Shop is now cleaner and more streamlined than it used to be.

The team says they’ve made the new version (3.4) simpler and easier to “do the things you do every day with Path”. Jump past the fold to see some nice screenies and learn more about the app. Or, if you’re impatient you can just go ahead and immediately grab Path 3.4 free in the App StoreRead More

 

Path now lets you delete message threads, post to WordPress and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2014

You still remember the private social network Path, now don’t you? Yes? No? It’s OK, neither I have used Path in past few months and same could be said for the majority of its account holders, if my feed is an indication.

Now, the service saw its last major update back in September when the team unveiled a premium $14.99 annual subscription as itchy investors demanded that the social network start making money.

Path is of course still free to everyone and its nicely designed iPhone and iPad app has gained the ability to share stuff privately with your inner circles, among other things. And just when you thought Path was headed to the graveyard of technology, out comes a brand new holiday update with a couple goodies. Interested to learn more? Read on anyway… Read More

 

Path updated with Premium subscription, private sharing, inner circles and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2013

Path, the increasingly popular private social network, has released a major new update to its iPhone and iPad application which enables paid accounts while bringing a couple other improvements like private sharing, the ability to engage with your inner circles, a bunch of new stickers and more. You will also love the ability to manage your friends in-app more easily, thanks to the friends list in the left menu and messages in the right menu. Previously, accessing your friends list was a multi-tap affair, which used to drive me nuts… Read More

 

Path ups its monetization efforts with new $14.99 per year premium model

By Cody Lee on Sep 5, 2013

Path has announced this morning that it has a mobile app update on the way that will add deeper privacy controls that will allow users to choose who they share moments with. It also adds a premium model and other improvements.

And that’s the big news here—this new subscription option. The social network is looking to ramp up its monetization efforts with a $14.99 per year Premium subscription service that gives users full access to stickers, filters and more… Read More

 

Path updated with new Friend Progress Bar, store items and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2013

Path users will be happy to hear that the social network has seeded an update to its iOS client today. The update, which brings the app to version 3.1.1, includes a handful of new features, as well as various improvements and bug fixes.

One of the more noticeable changes in 3.1.1 is the updated Friend Progress Bar. Path introduced the feature, which helps users better track their friends’ stories, in the last update. And now, those that found it annoying can easily remove it… Read More

 

Path prettifies iPad interface, launches stickers in comments

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2013

If you said Path had started this whole stickers craze with its March update, you wouldn’t be lying. It’s been a while since Path has seen any significant update, but the team saw to that with today’s version 3.1 update.

So what’s new, you ask…

Two takeaways: Path 3.1 takes stickers to comments while refreshing the iPad edition with improved navigation in both landscape and portrait views.

Yes, you can now enjoy a fully functioning composer button and feed in landscape on your Apple tablet. And akin to Facebook’s Chat Heads feature, any conversations you’re having with friends are simply one tap away in the new Path build… Read More

 

CEO defends against Path spamming allegations

By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2013

The Path controversy just wouldn’t die down. Last week, the private social network has gotten itself in hot water (again) by spamming users’ address book contacts with unwanted robocalls and texts, sometimes even after they uninstalled the software from their devices.

It’s a feature rather than a bug, but Path’s poorly designed sign-up process tricked unsuspecting users – the types who don’t read on-screen prompts carefully – into inadvertently mass-inviting their friends to Path.

And because Path taps extra carrier services, text messages would get turned to landlines into phone calls. None of this seems to aggravate Path CEO Dave Morin, who is a former Facebook employee.

He insisted Monday that Path does not spam users and argued his service never sent mass communication without your consent. “Any allegations to the contrary are false,” Morin said… Read More

 

Path updated with enhanced privacy features and more

By Cody Lee on May 4, 2013

Attention Path users: the personal social network has just released a new version of its iOS app. The update brings the application to version 3.0.4, and includes enhanced privacy features, as well as other improvements and bug fixes.

The fact that it includes new privacy tools is particularly interesting, given that Path spent most of this past week dealing with privacy concerns after a user accused its app of ‘erroneously’ sending text messages to all of his contacts…

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Path spamming some with robocalls and texts

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 30, 2013

Path, the private social network, has had somewhat of a rocky start, to put it mildly.

Just as it seemingly recovered from a privacy scandal which also affected Apple and resulted in tighter iOS privacy controls, reports are surfacing alleging the startup is spamming users’ address book contacts with unwanted phone calls and text messages, even after they uninstalled the software from their devices.

Path immediately crafted a non-response confirming an unknown portion of its installed base did fall victim to a glitch in the system… Read More

 

Personal social network Path passes 10 million users

By Cody Lee on Apr 29, 2013

Last month, I downloaded Path for iOS for the third time to try out the app’s new 3.0 update, and I thought to myself “this app is so beautiful.” It’s just too bad that no one I know uses the decidedly more intimate social network.

But just because no one I know uses it, doesn’t mean that no one is using it. Dave Morin, the company’s founder and CEO, announced earlier today that Path has just crossed a major milestone in its short life: 10 million users… Read More

 

Path 3.0 brings private messaging and new digital content shop

By Cody Lee on Mar 6, 2013

Personal social network Path released a significant update to its iOS app this afternoon, bringing the software to version 3.0. The update includes your usual bug fixes and improvements, as well as two new major features.

The first one is private messaging, allowing you to talk with your Path friends in real time and share various types of media. And the other is The Shop—a digital content store of sorts, with premium photo filters and more… Read More

 

Path pays dearly for stealing your iOS address book data

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2013

The private social network Path was off to a great start following its iPhone app launch in November 2010. The success was, unfortunately, short-lived as the company soon found itself at the epicenter of intense public scrutiny after it was discovered it had been uploading iOS users’ address book to its servers without their explicit permission. Even though Path did apologize and update the app with the necessary changes and user prompts, the startup never really recovered from the eerie privacy scandal.

And as a result, Apple on its end introduced deeper privacy options in iOS 6 so users can select on a per-app basis which apps can access their contacts, calendars, reminders, photos and more. And now comes word that on Friday The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Path has agreed to pay a whopping $800,000 fine… Read More

 

Apple drops from top 20 privacy ranking

By Ed Sutherland on Jan 30, 2013

Are consumers loosing trust that Apple will keep personal information private? That’s the implication from new rankings showing the iPhone maker fell out of the top 20 most-trusted firms in 2012.

The firm fell to number 21 after being among the top 20 companies viewed as protecting customer data. Mozilla, the maker of open-source web browser Firefox claimed the number 20 spot, according to privacy watcher Ponemon Institute.

Consumer credit firm American Express again took the number one position in the 2012 privacy rankings. Computer maker Hewlett-Packard and Amazon, creator of the Kindle, ranked number two and three. Amazon improved its ranking, rising to third place in 2012, up from the fifth spot in 2011. Although Apple had ranked as high as number 8 in 2009, confidence in the firm’s privacy stance has been shaken over the past year…

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Would you pay for a premium Path service?

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2013

As much as Path was making waves following its November 2010 debut, little did we hear in terms of plans for the future, excluding the privacy fiasco related to uploading users’ contacts without explicit permission.

That’s a shame because I still hang out on Path, if only occasionally. Apart from learning about my friends’ sleeping habits, Path gives me a much more private environment to catch up on what the people in my closest circle have been up to.

Facebook, despite its rich feature set, just doesn’t allow for such a controllable setting. Confirming earlier whispers, Path’s co-founder and CEO has gone on the record to hint that his company isn’t ruling out the possibility of a paid-for premium service. He also talked about the search feature that has resulted in plenty more engagements and more… Read More

 

Path releases native iPad app

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 1, 2012

Path, a social network where people engage in limited sharing of their daily habits and photos with only a select few closest friends, later today will launch its iPad app. Focused on full-screen experience in landscape, Path puts more of your network at your fingertips with fewer taps. Images of the iPad interface are promising and new features sound interesting enough to give it a a try. My favorite: the improved home screen displaying more activities from your network than is possible on the iPhone version.

UPDATE: a new version of the original iPhone app just went live with support for native iPad experience. Simply update your existing installation to get iPad goodies… Read More

 

Path 2.5 brings enhanced sharing, improved camera and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 26, 2012

The official Path iOS client received a major update last night, bringing the app to version 2.5. The update includes a number of changes, such as enhanced media sharing, an improved camera, and new photo editing tools.

Path 2.5 also includes another cool addition that might just persuade folks to join the social network. New users now have the option to import data from their Facebook, Instagram, and Foursquare accounts into Path… Read More

 

Poll: do you get all worked up over iOS exclusives going Android?

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 5, 2012

When social network Path released its Android app following the successful debut on the iPhone, barely anyone paid notice. But when Instagram went Android, it spurred lots of controversy. Even Apple’s marketing boss Phil Schiller stopped using the app because it “jumped the shark” when it went to Android.

The debate over iPhone exclusives going Android really heated up with yesterday’s announcement of Instapaper of Android, Marco Arment’s read-later program which became a huge success on the iOS platform.

Should Apple work harder to secure iOS exclusives, which have been around in the console business for ages? Or perhaps this is nothing to get worked up about? Cast your vote now… Read More