From Shawn Fanning (creator of Napster) and Dave Morin (ex-Facebook) comes a new social network platform. Launched just last night in Apple’s App Store, Path creates (and limits you) to a social network of 50 close friends. You can share your personal moments in the form of photos, tag places, things and people, and also capture where you were at the time geographically. Since your network is limited to a max of 50 friends, the creators of Path think that you’ll not only share more often, but you’ll share more personal “Paths” that you normally wouldn’t throw up on Facebook or Twitter. The problem with Path, at least in our limited use of the application and network, is that with no external sharing, and a very, very limited group of friends, we’re not sure how useful the application is and will be. For instance, most of the stuff I want to share is public anyway (Twitpics, Facebook uploads), and the private photos I don’t want to share publicly, well, they are private. In theory, it would be great if there was a public by default option in Path, something that would let you use Path in conjunction with Twitter and Facebook, and a private option which would then limit your photo’s exposure to just your internal Path network of friends. In a world where updating Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Instagram, and everything else we’re on constantly, Path at this point seems too limited to be useful. Hopefully that will change, though. Let us know if you have given it a go and what your thoughts are — it’s available now if you want to give a try. More →
These days in the mobile world, it seems like geotagging applications are a dime a dozen. Snap a pic, add a position to the EXIF data, upload it to Flickr or some other image sharing site and so on. Isn’t there something more we can do with our geotagged photos? A recent addition to the geotagging game, Tagggit, seems to think so. Tagggit is a service / app combo that combines a social network with a very different approach to geotagging. Typically, usable geotagging is reserved for handsets with internal GPS as the resulting position data is far more accurate than cell-based data. Tagggit’s technology changes things however. Tagggit’s Wireless Positioning System (WPS) is so accurate that it can be used as the application’s primary means of obtaining accurate positioning data, only falling back on integrated GPS if it cannot get a fix for some reason. In fact, Tagggit claims that it’s primary positioning method is accurate to within 15 feet – indoors or outdoors – which is pretty remarkable for a non-GPS fix. In other words, Tagggit saves your phone’s battery by foregoing GPS for the most part and it does so without sacrificing accuracy. Tagged photos can be uploaded to the Tagggit site and shared or kept private for personal reference – for example, to remind yourself of where you parked or make a note of a great restaurant. Users can also browse and search photos and locations by tag on the website or even right on the handset from within the app. It’s quite an impressive initial offering from a small two-person startup and we definitely look forward to seeing how the service grows. For the time being, Tagggit supports a handful of popular S60 handsets but we’re hoping it widens its scope soon. Hit the jump for some screenshots.