You share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr. Tossing a quick comment for others to see on a variety of social sharing sites. All of it made easy via your iPad. Some services offer the ability to do public and private shares, but generally you have to be careful to make sure the setting is right before you post… a last second missed flag flip and the world sees your funny comment about the boss’s coffee cup.
As we have seen recently, there is the possibility that ‘free’ social services will changed their rules and start taking your photos or text messages and reuse them for their own needs. Enter Path. The Universal app (we love the iPhone’s User Interface!) has been around for a long time. It is a social sharing service, where you limit who your group of friends or family viewers are. Creating different groups to share with, there is no ‘all public’ possible. It is easy to see which group your sharing with so the chance of a mistake post leaking to the wrong people is greatly reduced. Sharing is photos, places, messages and movies in both portrait and landscape view. You do have to know people to invite them to your Path group. And, that is important since the app/service does allow people to share items out to Twitter or Facebook so there is a level of trust involved when building your groups.
The most recent update to Path has brought the ability to view ‘History’. Basically, you tag things entered into Path as you go about your life, then pull up that tag via a search and see how things evolved. The feature seems basic but very big when you try to remember how things go the way they are now. How did a room look way back or how people changed over the years? Grouping of photos, videos and text into a single view. A big hit to view on your iPad.