25 thoughts on “On A Path To Nowhere”

  1. I generally really like Om’s posts, but on this I have to ask: Why so downright negative/derisive? I also saw Rafit Ali’s tweet essentially calling this garbage. I don’t live in Silicon Valley, but this all seems kind of like high school. I say this because RockMelt launched a feature posing as a product, and (while Om rightfully called out the hype around investors rather than founders) overall there seemed to be less derision toward a product (RockMelt) that seems just as lightweight as Path simply because the investors/backers may be more popular. I smell personality politics. I could be wrong, but it just seems like Path is not worthy of such a harshing right out of the gate.

  2. Insular Silicon valley insider-ness gone totally insane.

    Built by valley millionaires, backed by valley billionaires, hyped by dinosaur media who share a common delusion – locking app to Apple hardware is the only “path” to success.

    REQUEST: Om needs to sit the founders and backers down, and ask the hard hitting questions, in person, preferably broadcast as live streaming video ( no scripted responses, no lawyers, no PR mouth pieces )

    1. Todd,

      +1 to what you say and yes this is as insular as you can get and the lack of critical response only tells it. Not a single person has been able to call it for what it is — a rebel without a cause

  3. Is this even that big of a problem? Do people not share because they feel uncomfortable sharing a moment in time with the world? Everyday I’m more and more amazed to the extent that my Facebook friends (even the more private ones) are posting private moments to their Facebook newsfeed. Or do I really have that many moments that would make me use Path and not Instagram? Just not sure where Path fits into my life.

  4. I can see this being a brilliant small biz tool for photographers who want to privately show their work to a select group of pple for a short period of time. But they would have to retool it to have functionality that would matter to this group.

    As for personal networks – there are already so many tools that can do private sharing for photos (i know bc all my non-techy friends use them and send me – gasp – email links to the albums) so not really understanding what the value is.

  5. sounds like a “feature” not a product just yet.
    i think the whole insta-hipsta–picza bubble will lead to a substantial product – path ain’t all that.

  6. Only the usual suspects from the same inner bubble are deriding this app. So what if they got a lot of PR? Good for them!!! I bet that if this app would have been launched by a couple of unknowns the critics wouldn’t have been so harsh. There seems to be a tinge of envy here…

    I personally really love the elegance in design / UI they have put into it. The simplicity can be deceiving and thats the point. Use it for a couple of days and do really make an effort to add the people you really care about. Then rewrite a good objective opinion!

    Sorry OM, I am 99% inline with all your posts. Not this one, you pulled the trigger too early.

  7. The amount of attention this application received along with the MASSIVE amount of tweets, etc. yesterday really caught my attention. It was surprising to me given the content and model of the application itself?

    I continually ask myself these days as I read about new companies/products – what problem does this solve? People want to keep some of their photos private – this allows for this to occur with up to 50 people.

    That’s a problem for people? Ever heard of email? I have groups set up in my email accounts so I can send private photos to friends/family. Doesn’t Path require the email address? So, is it just a fancy layer?

    I have no doubt that the UI is beautiful given the talent and resources at their disposal. But, I don’t have an iPhone 4GS and nobody who would be considered a “close” friend or family does either.

    I wish them the best of luck. I think they’re going to seriously look at some changes to make this work as a business model.

    1. Jeff

      Thanks for the comment. It sums up the entire issue with Path pretty well. It would be interesting to see how it shakes out for these guys, but I am not holding my breath.

  8. I already do this with Facebook. I only friend close personal friends & family on Facebook. If there is something Id rather not share with someone on my Facebook with someone on my friend’s list, they wouldn’t be my friend. Will this really appeal to people with a bunch friends on FB? I dunno.

  9. completely agree. I think there is no future for path. Shawn fanning is a tech celebrity. I never understood how the other two — dave and dustin are???( I guess self proclaimed)

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