Twitter vs. Path: The Friends Limit

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There has been a huge amount of speculation over the months, but Stealth startup Path is now here, and there is talk that this is considered an anti-social network. The reason for this is because it does things a little different to Twitter, as you can have only 50 friends.

Ben Parr from Mashable reports that the total number of 50 was chosen due to Robin Dunbar, a Professor of Evolutionary Psychology. He states the total number of social relationships that we can handle is 150, so makes sense not to go over that limit.

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Having just 50 friends on Path means that you can trust who you post to, as these will be very close to you – although even close friends have a tendency to become a bit nasty. Path went live today for the iPhone, allowing you to share intimate photos with your friends.

The surprise is how you are unable to add a comment to a photo that has been uploaded – well we know how that can get out of hand on Facebook. Question is, is the new approach a winner, or will it fail at the first hurdle?

  • andresdavidovits

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