Today’s tech news: Social networking app PATH will be shutting down

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Source: Engadget

Back in 2010, if you have used social networking sites, then you might have come across the PATH. It was once lauded as a strong competitor to the Facebook. Not able to withstand the strong competition from Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat or any other social media networking sites, Path has decided to shut down all its services in a month.

In an official statement today, Path has said that it will remove their App from Google’s play store and iTunes on October 1st. The App will finally shut down on October 18.

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Source: Mobile Apps Review

Rather than calling as a social networking App, Path can be called as a private networking site. At the very beginning, it has allowed its users to only add 50 members. Whenever you share either image or video or text, it was only visible to those 50 members. Looking at the competition, it has removed the barrier on friend list and raised it to 150 and eventually followed with 500 cap mark. The social networking site path had a great visual design than Facebook.

PATH history:

The path was originally launched in the year 2010, November. It was founded by Shawn Fanning and Dave Morin who is a former executive in Facebook.

In the year 2011, Google has offered $100 million to acquire it but they have refused the offer. In the same year, December the user base of the path has drastically increased from 30,000 to 300,000 in a single month.

The company has paid a humungous fine of $800,000 in the year 2012 for posting users mobile addresses without permission.

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Source: Tech in Asia

By the mid-2013, Path has seen over 1 billion views making it a potent competitor to Facebook and other social networking sites.

South Korean based Kakao has acquired Path on May 28th, 2018. Currently, it has over 15 million users. on October 18th, 2018, the company will finally terminate the services.

How to back up files on Path?

If you are a user of this social networking site and you want to back up your images or videos or texts, you can follow the below mentioned steps.

  1. Through official path website

Go to the official website, login into your account. Then click on settings and after that on backups. It will ask for your email id. Submit your details and all the data will be sent to you via your email.

  1. Through mobile App

If you are still using the mobile app for the same, then you can simply download your data from the App. Make sure you are using the latest version of the App. Click on settings where it will ask for your email address. Enter the email address and it will back up your data and send the same to your email. If you are planning to back up your data using App, make sure you download it before October 1st.

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Source: The Mac Observer

Another social network bites the dust. The path which was founded 8 years ago in November 2010 will finally shut down in the upcoming month. Even though the app will shut down on October 18, their customer service channels will run until November 15th, 2018.