The new Path is staggering

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I downloaded Path almost a year ago to try it out but just couldn't feel the differentiation between other services. I appreciated the core idea of sharing between a small, more personal set of your life, but it just wasn't clicking.

Wow, what a difference they just made.

Path 2.0 is staggeringly good. It's been re-positioned as a smart journal, and I've found that to be accurate from my use.

I alternate between gawking at the Path UI and facepalming myself for not being a better designer.

I alternate between gawking at the Path UI and facepalming myself for not being a better designer.

The timeline as they've reinvented it feels like a unique place itself, set apart from the carbon copy timelines of so many other social apps. I want to be here, on this timeline. It's like they created a unique ambience to a virtual space that entices me into hanging out there.

In the end that's the best part of the new Path. I just want to use it. For any location sharing, for sharing to other sources, I want Path to be my first stop because it's wonderful to use. It doesn't carry the noise of other services because of it's limited nature. I can optionally share to Facebook, Twitter, or Foursquare, and I can even make private notes to myself like a diary (which I've done several times today already).

I'm sure part of my feelings toward it are just part of a honeymoon period, but I'm going to stick with it for awhile because it's so easy to do so.

For more, read some great analysis of the new UI by Geoff Teehan on the T+L Blog.