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Path App Update

Path, the Personal Social Network, Is Reinventing Emoji

Without seeing someone's facial expressions or gestures, there's a lot that gets lost over text, which is why modern mavens turn to emoticons to express what words can't.

Path (free for iOS and Android), the mobile-based "intimate social network," released a major update that takes the art of Emoji conversation a step further, with a private messaging feature that supports a brand-new language called Stickers, voice, location, photo, video, and other multimedia.

Stickers are "pieces of art to be used in messaging," according to Path. Like the coffee-wielding fox you see here, the app's stickers are larger and more animated than your typical Emoji. There are scene-based sticker packs like "Weekend" and character-based packs like this fox named "Pepper."

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Path is about nurturing close, personal relationships, and the new visual language is intended to make communication over the platform more dynamic. But, more importantly, the sticker packs are a way for the company to monetize the social network without ads or charging for the app. Path 3 comes with two free packs designed in-house, and additional packs created by artists like David Lanham, Hugh McLeod, and Richard Perez can be purchased in-app for about $2.

Are stickers the Emoji of the future? Get the update and let us know if you think Path's new visual language will "stick" around.

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