A New 'Path' to Social Networking

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Path, a new photo sharing service that launched today, could be referred to as the anti-social network. Users are limited to 50 friends on Path, which bills itself as a personal network. Path chose the number 50 based on the theories of Robin Dunbar, an Oxford professor of evolutionary psychology who claims that 150 is the maximum number of social relationships any person can handle, reports the Los Angeles Times.


Path co-founder Dave Morin elaborated:

You usually have about five people whom you trust most, 20 whom you consider your BFFs that you hang out with all the time and about 50 or so who are your personal network. Path is built for that.

Morin added:

Starting today, we hope that Path is the place you will always feel comfortable being yourself and sharing the story of your life with your closest friends and family via the photos you take every day with your mobile device. Path is the personal network. A place to be yourself and share life with close friends and family. The personal network doesn't replace your existing social networks-it augments them.

Apple's iPhone is the only compatible handset for the service initially. Users can also share photos with their friends through Path's website, according to Softpedia.

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