Everything about Path Aug 26
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Don’t sleep on the mini mobile photo sharing battle that is going to take place at SXSW this year — the companies involved aren’t. Following updates to PicPlz and Instagram , Path has just rolled out a significant update to their iPhone app. It brings four key things: Facebook sharing, lenses, an activity stream, and a new friend suggestion tool. Of these, the connection with Facebook is clearly the biggest. Up until now, Path has been a closed network in the sense that moments could only be shared with your Path friends. Unlike most social networks, which start out with sharing options to Twitter and Facebook (and even heavily encourage sharing to them to leverage their graphs), Path had been going it alone.
We grabbed Dave Morin, Path co-founder and CEO, amid his many press interviews and on very little sleep, to ask some of the harder questions that some are raising about the much-hyped new photo sharing application, Path. In particular we were wondering why Path took so long, so much staff and so much money to build compared to other apps, and if it’s really solving a big problem. We also ask about whether the company will have a hard time growing thanks to its iPhone-only launch and core belief that more photos will be uploaded if there are tighter controls on who can view them. I’ll let Morin answer himself in the video below. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Over the last few months there’s been plenty of buzz and speculation about Path , a hitherto “stealthish” company that was founded by long time Facebook employee Dave Morin , along with Shawn Fanning and Dustin Mierau. The company has raised funding from a very impressive list of investors that includes Ron Conway, Paul Buchheit, Keith Rabois, Ashton Kutcher, and a laundry list of Facebook alumni. And tonight, it’s ready for its big debut. You can grab the free app on the App Store right here . So what is Path?
Silicon Valley is in the midst of a mini photo-sharing app boomlet. We have Instagram (which started adding 100,000 users per week as soon as it launched last month), Picplz (which beat out Instagram to get a Series A round with their shared investor, Andreessen Horowitz) and as of tonight Path , from former Facebook exec Dave Morin. Dave Morin All three companies make mobile apps (primarily on the iPhone) that allow users to take and immediately share images with friends. It seems kind of simple and mundane, but all these smart people seem to think photo-sharing is the future. Morin and Path are the most convincing about there being a larger idea behind what they’re doing.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-25247" title="path_grabs" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/business/2010/11/path_grabs3.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="471" /> Three ideas lurk behind Path, a new social service that launches Monday as an iPhone app. As CEO Dave Morin explains it, the first two are the products of scientific research. As a former Facebook exec — Morin was responsible for the Facebook platform that supported apps from outside developers — he was drawn to the work of evolutionary anthropologist R.I.M.
Peter DaSilva for The New York Times Dustin Mierau, in hat, Matt Van Horn, to his left, and Dave Morin, right, of Path, which offers an iPhone app to share photographs. Dave Morin, who helped build Facebook Connect and the Facebook Platform, left the company this year to start his own venture, called Path . He says it is not another social network he has created, but a personal network, and on Monday, it will open to the public with an app for sharing cellphone photos with a limited circle of friends. Each user cannot have more than 50 friends.
I didn’t read any of Path’s hype before trying it myself. I wasn’t part of the beta. I don’t owe Dave Morin lunch (he’s the founder of this new thing called Path that’s getting a deep amount of hype tonight . The photo is of him at the TED conference). But I was excited, mostly because Kevin Rose hyped it up a few months ago on Twitter. First, the hype.
Today, San Francisco-based startup, Path launched an eponymously titled app that allows you to privately share photos with 50 of the people closest to you. It doesn’t allow you to comment or do any of the things you normally associate with when sharing photos. You can tag them, but that is about it. Path is the personal network. The personal network doesn’t replace your existing social networks – it augments them.
Today we are proud to launch The Personal Network. Practically all of us carry a camera phone, and our photos tell the stories of our lives. Starting today, we hope that Path is the place you will always feel comfortable being yourself and sharing the story of your life with your closest friends and family via the photos you take every day with your mobile device.