The Path Redesign: How I Want to Use It


There’s been a decent amount of chatter recently around Path since the newly redesigned version has been released. I downloaded it today and the on-boarding process was pretty simple, although I wish it would have allowed me to log in with Twitter and then just pull in most of the answers.

As I started to play around with it, I realized that this app is something that I have been trying to find for a while.. just not in the way I designed it.

Directly from the Path website:

"Simple: Path should provide you with the simple way to keep a journal, or ‘Path,’ of your life on the go."


"Personal: Path should help you authentically express yourself and share your personal life with loved ones."

So, as it is intended, Path is designed to help me share an interactive journal of my life with others.

I find it much more fitting for my personal needs to use it as an interactive journal WITHOUT sharing it socially with the world. I much more interested just keeping track of my life for my own personal reference — a catalog for my day to day. I share enough with others through FB, Twitter and blogging.

It’s a little strange, but the feature I love the most so far is the “I’m Awake / I’m Sleeping” feature. Publicly posting my sleeping habits will reinforce my motivation to get up earlier and go to sleep later.

All that being said, I am not going to keep my Path private. I am just going to use Path as if no one else is watching. If others are really that interested in the details of my comings and goings, then by all means they can follow along.

I’m sure that I’m not the only one who is going to use Path in this manner. I wonder if Path planned for this anti-social usage and how it affects their business model and customer acquisition plan.

I mean, damn, just look at this video advertisement for the new Path (tried embedding this video but Tumbr does not play nice with embedded videos). I don’t think they could emphasize the social aspect of Path more if they tried.