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Today we’re excited to announce that TalkTo is joining the Path Team.

As we were building Path Talk, our vision expanded beyond thinking of messaging as just another way to send a photo or text. We wanted to go deeper, to think of messaging as not just a new and more personal way to communicate with the people in your life, but as a more personal way to communicate with everything in your life: including the places and things that are part of your every day. As we started to think about how to make this happen, we met Stuart and Riley and the team at TalkTo.

TalkTo is the pioneer in place messaging. A powerful new idea that puts a new superpower in the palm of your hands on your smartphone: the ability to send a text message to ANY place around you and get back a text message response in minutes.

Imagine a world where you never have to wait on hold again, and can spend more time with the people you love. Make dinner reservations, book hair appointments, get prices, hours, and check in-store product availability all without ever making a phone call. TalkTo makes this all possible.

How does this work? Don’t the places have to sign up? Therein lies the magic. TalkTo has spent years building software and a service team of TalkTo Agents, who work hard around the clock to get the answer to any question you ask of the places around you. They will pick up the phone and make a call on your behalf if necessary, wait on hold, get the answer, and text it back to you. Making it possible for you to message ANY place around you on day one.

As the Path and TalkTo teams continued the conversation, we both realized that we had a shared vision for creating more personal, meaningful conversations in your life - whether it is with your family and friends, or with the places and things around you - and that it only make sense to work together towards making this vision a reality.

Later this summer, the TalkTo service will be completely integrated as Place Messaging within Path Talk, making it your communication hub for the people, groups, and places in your life. All in one place. 

Dave
Co-Founder & CEO

Introducing Talk

There are few things more exciting for a small team than finally sharing many months of hard work—and today we get to do just that. We’re proud to introduce Talk, a new messenger from Path.

Early last year we introduced messaging as part of our social networking app, Path. Since then it has become our fastest growing feature. You have told us time and again how important messaging is to you, and so we’ve expanded Path messaging into its own app to be easier for you to use. We’ve also added some great features that we haven’t seen in another messaging product that we think will make it easier for you to communicate with your friends, family, classmates, and co-workers.

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Our goal with Talk is to make a more personal messaging experience. We believe real life conversations aren’t recorded permanently, and so neither are the messages you send with Talk. We believe that messaging is all about the here and now, and so we’ve built a new kind of status into Talk we call Ambient Status.

Through Ambient Status, Talk can automatically let your friends know when you’re in transit, in the neighborhood, and even low on battery. We’ve pioneered this new kind of context to reduce misunderstandings in a world where messaging has become a primary method of communication.

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Conversations in Talk have all the same great features that you’ve come to know and love in Path: text, groups, photos, voice, maps, music, movies, books, video, and stickers. And with Talk we’re expanding conversations with Quick Replies.

Use Quick Replies to nudge a friend, acknowledge a message, or start a call—all without ever using a keyboard. We’ve built Quick Replies right into Talk’s messages list too, so you can ping a friend with just a swipe.

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Messaging is a way of communicating with everyone in your life. So we’ve built Talk to work great for you when communicating with anyone, whether you’re close friends, family, co-workers, classmates—Talk just works.

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And this functionality carries over to the changes we’re unveiling in our sharing app Path as well. With this update we’re lifting the 150 friend limit to give you the freedom to decide who and how many are in your network. We’ve been testing this change with some passionate users for months and have found that, while most people still want to connect with just 50 friends, others may choose to add 500 (and use Inner Circle to share moments with just their closest of friends). We’re putting the controls in your hands.

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Speaking of controls, Path has been redesigned to make sharing and navigating even simpler. We’ve taken the navigation out of drawers and placed it front-and-center on the bottom of your Path timeline. And even though Talk is now a separate app, it’s only a tap away.

Path Talk is available today for both Android and iOS. Whether it’s sharing memories on Path or living in the moment on Talk, we hope you enjoy.

- Dave, Dustin, and the whole Path Team

Path + Transformers: Stickers

Are you an Autobot or a Decepticon? Send your friends your favorite characters from the 1980s hit series Transformers by Hasbro. The sticker pack is now available for Early Access and will be available to everyone on June 10th in the Path Shop.

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Path Stories: Living in the Moment

"I started using Path in July 2011. I was looking for a private way to log and share all the memorable details of my life - places I frequent, photos of things I find interesting, random thoughts that come up. Path was the perfect place for me to store all these little moments.

I only have one friend on Path, my wife. When we discovered Path, we were immediately drawn to the network because it’s so simple. There are just a few types of moments I use that allow us to log every little detail of our lives just with each other.

The moments on my Path are a mixture of photos of my children through the years and moments I capture when I travel for work. It’s amazing because my wife and I realized that we basically have a journal of our children’s lives over the past 3 years - we can see how much they’ve grown and changed all in one safe and private app.

My favorite thing about Path is that it’s about living in the moment. It’s not about writing on a wall, or writing a clever message for everybody to read. It’s a much more genuine experience than anything I’ve encountered on other social networks. I believe life is made up of all those small details we cherish, and now I have them all on Path.” - Hilario, Florida

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Path + Star Trek: Stickers

Space: the final frontier. These are the stickers of the Starship Enterprise. Their mission: to boldly stick where no one has stuck before. We are delighted to bring you a Star Trek pack designed by Henrique Athayde, now available for Early Access in the Path Shop. The pack will be available to everyone on April 15th. 

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Path Stories: Our Lives on Path

"I started using Path when 2.0 was released. It was a game changer—mobile centric, stunning design and a phenomenal user-experience.

Working in emerging social media technology and venture capital, I am continually testing new platforms and social networks. Path was the first place I felt comfortable sharing my life with those who mean the world to me. I told my wife, parents, sister, and my wife’s family, “If you want to be part of my digital life, then you need to be my friend on Path.” Very quickly Path became my go-to social graph.

What I love most about Path is that it mimics natural human behavior. It allows me to share specific experiences with individuals who matter to me, all through a lens of trust and privacy. Path isn’t the type of place where you share links (you know, the type of content we see in other social networks), and that is awesome—my stream is filled with meaningful and memorable moments!

Most of the moments I share are family, with some occasional nature and architecture thrown in. My parents live in Australia, and Path is one of their main connections to their grandchildren. When I am in the office, my wife shares pictures and videos of the kids. It always brightens my day! And I frequently use the emoticons and stickers in the comments. It’s another way Path mirrors who we are—sometimes a sticker or gasping face expresses the emotive reaction best.”- Michoel, New York

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Path Stories: Searching for Love

We launched Search over a year ago to help you tell great stories. It’s for showing your friend those photos you’d taken at the beach or finding that awesome sushi place you’d gone to while on vacation.

Some of the most delightful experiences people have with Search aren’t when they look for something specific, but rather when they search a few days or months or years back and resurface small, yet meaningful moments. “Oh wow, I forgot about that!” is often what we hear people say.

This Valentine’s Day, we encourage you to be nostalgic. Search back through the past weeks, months, even years. You may rediscover some special moments you might’ve forgotten with friends and loved ones.

To get you started, here are a few searches to try: “my first moment”, “six months ago”, “Valentine’s Day”.

We leave you with this Search story from one of our Path users…

I started using Path when it first launched — that was 3 years and 2,335 moments ago. All together, those two thousand moments tell the story of my life in San Francisco, my journey becoming an entrepreneur, and most importantly, my relationship with my wife, Alex.

I had been using Path by myself, and with a few other friends. But when Path 2 launched, I forced Alex to get it. I thought it would be the perfect way to keep in touch with each other when we were apart. She joined and it took off; according to Path her first moment was on February 13th, 2011.

When Search launched, I noticed I could type in Alex’s name and see all the moments I had tagged her in and all the ones she’d shared. Looking back, I realized that we had documented every single one of our milestones over the past 3 years. And even though we’ve been together for almost 8 years at this point, during the time we’ve been on Path we’ve grown from girlfriend and boyfriend, to getting engaged, to Mr and Mrs. Perry.

Some of the moments we’ve shared are obvious favorites - our travels to Boston to visit her grandma, our wedding photos, signing our marriage license… But I discovered that the ones I enjoyed reliving the most were all the small dates and every day moments that we had quickly forgotten. I found photos of that game at Fenway, that time at the coffee shop - all these little instances that added up to something very special.

And that’s why I love Path. - Michael, California

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Path Team!

Stickers: XOXO and Valentine’s

You might already have flowers, a card and dinner planned, but don’t forget to stop by the Path Shop this Valentine’s day. To celebrate, both our XOXO and Valentine’s packs will be 50% off through Sunday, February 16th. 

Roses are red, violets are blue, and Patrícia Mafra has given us 26 ways to say “I love you” with her new XOXO pack.

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Kissing frogs and slaying dragons - Zuza Miśko's new sticker couple sure has been busy. 

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Path for iOS 7

We know, we’re a bit late to the party. But, today we are happy to announce Path for iOS 7. Focused on simplicity and usability - from an entirely new coat of paint, to adjusting your Settings, to browsing the Shop, to iOS 7 swipe gestures - we’ve made it simpler and easier to do the things you do every day with Path.

In Settings, you will find that we’ve simplified the more detailed controls into Account, Notifications and Sharing sections. In Account, you’ll be able to update your profile photo, cover photo, email and other personal information. In Notifications, you’ll be able to manage notifications for your Inner Circle and your Friends. In Sharing you can manage all of the networks you can post to from Path.

The Shop has been redesigned to showcase our premium stickers and filters in a more simplified way. You can browse premium stickers and filters or even upgrade to Path Premium by tapping on the buttons on the bottom navigation bar. To see all your purchased packs or restore your Shop items, you can tap on the Purchases button on the top right.

We’ve also included iOS 7 swipe functionality, which will allow you to quickly swipe from any messaging thread back home.

To download Path 3.4 now, visit the iTunes Store. Enjoy.

- Dave Morin, Co-Founder & CEO

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Path 3.4 for Android, Now with Video

Today we are delighted to announce Path 3.4 for Android.

We launched Path for Android in 2011; since then millions of Android users have joined Path and become some of the most active and passionate members of our community. Many of you have reached out and shared your best photos, stories, and adventures with us. Today, we’re excited to bring you a new way of sharing with those you love by introducing Path Video on Android version 4.0 or later. 

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To capture a video, open the Path camera and hold down on the camera button. You’ll be able to share up to thirty seconds of video with the people you care about. We’ve also made it possible to add any of our custom camera filters to your video, so you can make your video moments even better. We can’t wait to see all the amazing moments you’ll be able to capture with this new feature.

To download Path 3.4 now, visit Google Play. Enjoy.

Path + Ghostbusters: Stickers

This week, we are delighted to bring you a Path Stickers partnership with one of our favorite movies: Ghostbusters.

Henrique Athayde is back, this time with a pack that will throw you back a few decades. Peter, Raymond, Egon and Winston, equipped with proton-packs and the Ecto-1, are a match for any ghost on the loose. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters.

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Path for Windows Phone 8

At Path, we’ve been mobile-first and mobile-only since day one. We believe that mobile is the future of computing. Initially, we set out to build Path for the iOS, eventually expanding to both the iPhone and the iPad. As the Android ecosystem has grown, we’ve brought Path to many different forms of Android including Amazon Kindle Fire, Google Glass, and Samsung Galaxy Gear. Today, we are happy to announce Path is now available on Windows Phone 8.

Windows Phone 8 has been our most requested platform. We’re excited to welcome Windows Phone 8 users into our community of 23 million strong, so they too can add to the billions of moments that have already been shared on Path. Path for Windows Phone will be available today in the Windows Phone Store, thanks to our collaboration with a joint team from Nokia and Microsoft.

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“Today marks an exciting moment for the Windows Phone community as Path releases an early glimpse of their public beta app. Although there is more ahead, we look forward to Path providing continued updates and delivering a best-in-class Path app experience for Nokia and Windows Phone devices.” - Bryan Biniak, VP & GM of Developer Relations.

Path for Windows Phone 8 includes many of our core features, and will highlight Windows Phone-specific features such as Live Tiles. You can share photo, video, thought, location and sleep moments. You can post your moments to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare; and choose whether you want to share a moment privately or just to your Inner Circle. Future versions of the app will include media moments (movies, books & music), Path Messaging, and the Path Shop.

We’re particularly excited to see Path on the Nokia Lumia 1020, with its innovative 41 megapixel camera and 50 premium Nokia filters.

Thanks to all the Windows Phone 8 users who have been waiting patiently - welcome to the Path community! You can download the Path for Windows Phone today to start sharing with your closest friends and family.

Enjoy!

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Starting 2014 On A Positive Note

2013 was a great year for Path in pursuit of our vision of bringing people closer together by building a better place to connect, share, and discover. Here are some of our favorite highlights from the year.

We had the opportunity to bring you great new features with Messaging, Stickers, Shop, Search, Inner Circle, Private Sharing, and Premium.

We launched partnerships to bring Path to more people globally with Twitter, Sprint, Nokia, Amazon, Sony, Samsung, and Deutsche Telekom.

We brought you Path Stickers from some of the world’s most beloved brands such as Peanuts, Adventure Time!, South Park, Breaking Bad, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, NFL Players, Inc., and Fruit Ninja.

We also brought you Stickers from some of our favorite artists such as Susan Kare, Hugh MacLeod, and held a global Sticker creation contest in partnership with Threadless which attracted over 230 submissions from users around the world.

We expanded the Path API and worked with the developer community to connect some of your favorite apps to Path including Wordpress, Over, PicFrame, Strava, and The Bible just to name a few. Many more integrations with your favorite apps are on the way for 2014.

We looked to the future of connecting and sharing and brought you exclusive integrations with Google Glass and the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Wearables continue to be a trend for 2014, and we are excited to deliver even more innovation here throughout the year.

Our community has grown to more than 23 million users all over the world who engage with Path more than 1.2 billion times per month.

Today we are happy to announce a new round of investment that will help us continue to build our vision. This will be our Series C and totals $25 million. This round includes contributions from Bakrie Global GroupKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Index Ventures, Greylock PartnersInsight Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, and First Round Capital.

This investment enables us to continue to focus on the pursuit of our vision. The capital will be used to directly fuel the growth of our daily community, to continue to develop our revenue strategy, and to pursue breakthrough innovation. We will continue to focus our efforts on attracting a world class team inspired to build this vision together.

We’re deeply grateful for the support of everyone in our community, more so than we can say in words. We hope you had a wonderful holiday with family, and in pursuit of your favorite interests. We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2014.

Happy New Year from Team Path!

- Dave Morin, Co-Founder & CEO

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Stickers: New Years by Zuza Miśko

Zuza Miśko's new pack is here just in time to ring in the New Year. Celebrate the holiday season and count down to 2014 with the Bonnet family. Available in the Path Shop today.

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A Very Merry Christmas

Thanks to all of you who shared your special Path Christmas photos with us! We heard from users all over the world, and nothing makes us happier than knowing that Path is helping people capture and share great memories with their friends, family and loved ones.

Merry Christmas and Happy Pathing! 

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