While the first iteration of Path was confusing and poorly executed, they’ve definitely stumbled on something special with v2.0. Think of it as part Twitter, part Facebook with decent privacy settings, part Instagram and part Fourquare. for your social world. Wait, it’s not that confusing. It’s really two things. It’s a place where you can share important moments with friends (limited to 150, more than enough for anyone using it as intended). I share a different bunch of images and updates due to the more intimate nature of the audience. The interface is intuitive and it has some great features (photos/music/location) that borrow from other apps you may be more familiar with (Instagram image filters being the most easily recognisable).
But it also does something else really well. My favourite feature of Path however is the ability to easily share my posts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Foursquare. Take a photo, decide who you want to share it with and it’s done. Share a post with just your Path friends. or your Facebook friends, or your Twitter followers, or all of them. It’s quickly become my social hub, the place from which the majority of my personal [non-work] social communication originates. I’m a music tragic, so having the ability to share what I’m listening to is a freaking great feature. Apologies to my friends and followers if I’ve been abusing this feature! But in terms of connecting with like minded people (which for me is a lot of what social is about) music reduces the barriers to true connection faster than posts, photos and check ins.
Anyways, if you love Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Foursquare, I think you’ll enjoy Path. it’s available via https://path.com/
How to be Black by Baratunde Thurston:
You may be thinking, “What a strange book title.” Agreed, it is a strange title, but it’s a brilliant book. Why? Because it talks about important issues in a way that removes all of the bullshit and pretence. It allows you to discover your true opinions about race. Sometimes you’ll pat yourself on the back for being so open-minded and progressive. Other times you’ll be lulled into a false security before being slammed in the face with the reality that we could all be a little more accepting. Not just accepting of different races, but accepting of differences. For me, it bought into stark relief my often cruel and completely unecessary disrespect of those without basic wine knowledge. Before reading the book I knew there was a little disdain there, bubbling under the surface. But what How to be Black did was incisively show me the stupidity of this. How to be Black is hilarious, heartfelt, insightful and intelligent. Any book that can cause me to reflect on my own behaviour in a positive and affecting manner is truly special. highly, highly recommended.
Baratunde Thurston Bio:
Baratunde Thurston is a politically-active, technology-loving comedian from the future. He serves as Director of Digital for The Onion and co-founded Jack & Jill Politics. He resides in Brooklyn, lives on Twitter and has over 30 years experience being black. His first book, How To Be Black, is available now. Published by Harper Collins, it is very good, and if you don’t buy it, you’re a racist. http://howtobeblack.me/