Path introduces social search that's more intuitive than Facebook(Read article summary)
Path, a small social network designed to be more intimate than Facebook, introduced a new search feature on Thursday that lets you look back on moments you've shared with friends. You can search these moments by person, location, date, or even emotion.
Want to know what your friends are doing right now? Facebook is a great place for that. Youâve got a constant stream of photos, messages, and updates that refreshes automatically and can be customized to show only those updates youâre interested in.
But if youâve ever wanted to reminisce about parties, dinners, or other fun times you shared with friends, Facebook can come up short. It doesnât really give you a way to look back on events youâve attended with your friends -- short of just skimming down rows of pictures or scrolling backward through your Timeline.
Path, a small social-networking startup launched in late 2010, is taking a different approach. On Thursday, the company launched a new search interface that lets you get a little nostalgic by calling up different moments in your life.
Pathâs whole network is built around moments -- a place you visited, a song you listened to, a photo you took with a friend. Those moments are then tagged not only with people, dates, and locations, but also with emotions. So you could search for surprising moments, and be rewarded with a photo album of, say, an unexpected birthday party.
Path bills itself as a âsmart journalâ that allows you to share your life with a close circle of friends. By design, itâs more modest and more private than open networks like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram: the company says âYou should always be in control of your information and experience,â and each personâs network is limited to 150 contacts to encourage you to share with people you really know well. Path has about 5 million registered users, which is a vanishingly small fraction of what Facebook has -- but thatâs the whole point.
Pathâs new search also includes location, date, holidays, and seasons, among other parameters. You could, say, look back on moments that happened a year ago, or holidays that you shared with a certain group of friends. Thereâs also a nifty location feature that lets you instantly see moments that took place for you or your friends wherever you happen to be. (This might seem like a strange feature at first, but think about the next time you take a trip abroad: itâd be pretty useful to be able to guide yourself around a foreign city based on what your friends did when they were there.)
Path may never achieve the popularity of Facebook or Twitter -- but for those users looking to share details about their lives with close friends, and to be able to digitally reminisce about moments spent together, the small social network might be a refreshing change.Â
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