Saturday, December 3, 2011

I have become so anti social since my new iPhone

My boyfriend purchased for me an iPhone on my most recent birthday. At first, I must admit, I was reluctant. I had a perfectly good droid that I liked very much.

Ironically, I purchased the droid out of need. I was hoping my old LG flip phone would make it until iPhone made it to Verizon. Unfortunately, in December 2010 the phone finally took a dump. I purchased the HTC Incredible. A month later iPhone showed up in Go Wireless stores.  It didn't matter.  By then, I was so pleased with my droid that I had no regrets.

So when November rolled around and Josh was asking about gifts I might like a new phone was not in the running.  Cast iron cookware was at the top of my list.  When asked if I would like an iPhone I said an absolute, "no!"  So, naturally, when I opened my new gadget gift I felt a pause of disappointment.  I didn't need a new phone. However, after these first weeks with phone I have changed my mind.

I have always loved my Droid; however, I didn't use it much beyond its phone, email, messaging, camera, music capabilities.  I didn't play around with features and apps.  Where the Incredible was really more a tool than a toy, the iPhone has become my playground.

I would love to share here some of the apps that have made my top list over the sleepless stream of delicious, nerd-filled hours I have spent swiping and tapping away.  Over the next few days, weeks and months, as I become more and more enraptured in my iPhone, I would love to share with you all I learn to like (and dislike as a case or two may be).

So here, without further delay...

The app that I have been the most fascinated with has been Path - a personal networking "smart" journal.

Path is boasted as an anti-social network. One that is meant for close personal connections contacts rather than the arbitrary popularity contest that is the norm for other social networking platforms. This has some people touting its exclusivity as a negative. Developers at Path were "inspired by Professor Robin Dunbar from Oxford University, whose research delves deeply into the number of trusted relationships humans can maintain throughout life"(

I'll admit Facebook was one of the first iPhone apps I was sure to download, and I use it often. Nevertheless, I like Path for its intimacy. It can be used to keep in touch with friends over summer vacation, couples to stay close over long distances, and family to remain close knit. There is a sentimentality there that is likable.

The appeal of Path lies in its look as well as its purpose. It has a sleek, polished look to its interface. Users can share thoughts, music, locations, present company, photos and videos. Posts can be linked to other social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Released just over a year ago in November 2010, Path has released Path2 in November of this year and is picking up buzz.

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