You can use iMessage, Hangouts, SMS, WhatsApp, BBM, Facebook, Twitter, Kik, Instagram, WeChat, LINE, Viber and any number of competing messaging services to communicate with friends and family. But if for some reason you are unhappy with your current app of choice, Path, a social network that launched in 2010, has its own standalone client. If Yo can gain traction, then surely something like Path Talk can acquire a respectable following.
Here are some of Path Talk’s key features:
- Off the Record: Messages you send in Path Talk are automatically erased from our servers 24 hours after you send them, so you can now be yourself in conversations.
- Ambient Status: Path Talk can automatically tell your friends when you’re in transit, in the neighborhood, or even low on battery so your availability is always understood—removing the headache of misunderstandings in conversation.
- Message Music, Maps, and more: Easily send movies, music, books, maps, locations, and high quality photos and videos—all with a single tap.
- Quick Replies: Save time by nudging a friend or acknowledging a message directly from your message list with just a swipe.
- Handmade Stickers: We’ve hired some of the best artists in the industry to imagine and draw characters for you to use when emoji just isn’t enough.
- Voice Messaging: Quickly send and receive high quality voice messages 1-on-1 with a friend or back and forth with a group of people.
Many of these features are designed to make communication super simple—almost effortless. Predictive even. But I prefer to tell my friends when I’m around them, especially if I want to hang out, rather than have an app tell them for me. Path says the Ambient Status feature is meant to “[remove] the headache of misunderstandings in conversation.” Let me be clear: I am on my way. What more needs to be said?
The app, available for Android and iOS, sounds great, sure, but the hardest part will be to convince your friends they need to download yet another messaging client. Some of the best services already possess some of Path Talk’s capabilities, so the app isn’t really going to stand out in any significant way. If you are, however, hooked into Path, you don’t have much to lose by trying it out. Who wouldn’t want an app constantly telling their Internet friends they’re nearby? Exactly.