June 30, 2011 | by Tony Price
The selective social network that was all the talk of iOS months ago has finally made its way onto Android devices. The public beta version of the Path app for Android is currently available for download in the Android Market. While it’s good to see these sort of services making their way to Android, I fear that Path’s ship may have sailed.
It does seem as though the team at Path may have waited just a bit too long to release their Android app. I have been waiting for this release for several months now, and now that its here, I’m not that excited. Why? The answer is Google+.
In case you aren’t aware of what Path is, I’ll give you some of the details. Path, which originally popped up on iOS last year, is a selective social sharing service. It sets a cap of 50 friends, allowing you pick just your closest friends and family to share photos, videos, and posts. The idea is that you could share much more personal information and media.
One of the things I love most about G+ is that it allows me to do both public and selective sharing. The promise of Path, with its 50 friend limit, seems to have lost its allure. With Google+ having come out just a few short days ago, I can share with 51 friends if I want to, or the entire public. I think that it pretty much killed Path’s hopes for deep Android penetration.
Despite that, its still hard to get an invite for Google+. There is also no iPhone app out for it yet. That being the case, you may want to try Path. If you do, then hit up the link below. As for me, I think I will stick with using Google+. It gives me what I’ve wanted since I started using social media: flexibility. Path would have been a go-to for me a few months ago, but I think it’s too little, too late.