Path sells off core social apps, kills off Talk Places messaging feature

in iPhone edited June 2015
Social network Path on Friday announced the sale of its two flagship mobile apps, Path and Path Talk, to South Korean messaging company Daum Kakao -- in the process shutting down a major Talk feature called Places.

No terms of the sale were disclosed, TechCrunch reported. Daum Kakao stated that "nearly everything" in the apps "will remain as is," but in a separate comment, Path added that Places is being disabled even though the company is "not currently ready to make the investment" to turn it into a separate app. Since Path is retaining ownership of the Places platform, the company said it might "reassess in the future."

Users of Places were able to message local businesses. If a business didn't have staff available for a direct conversation, Path itself served as an intermediary.

The social network has struggled to build a userbase in North America despite being on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. It has however become popular in a number of Asian countries, above all Indonesia.

In 2014 Apple was rumored to have been interested in buying Path, a source claiming a takeover was "essentially a done deal." Nothing ever came of the rumors however, and Apple has yet to dip into social networking beyond its failed Ping service, which shuttered in 2012.

Over the years Path has come under fire several times for privacy violations, most famously for uploading iOS contacts without permission. Though it has worked to fix problems, in 2013, it settled a U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigation for $800,000.


  • Reply 1 of 5
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,892member
    Path was a great app for me to share my travels with close family without splashing it all over Facebook. It was quick and easy and offered cool local stuff like currency pics, maps, weather, etc.. Then they tried to become just another social app by adding chat and other crap. When I heard Google bought them I just gave it up. Now I'm using Storehouse.
  • Reply 2 of 5
    calicali Posts: 3,494member
    Is this the company that showed off their app during the App Store launch announcement?(pre android)

    The idea sounded cool but I never heard of them again.
  • Reply 3 of 5

    This was the app that seemed like the best social app ever, until they downloaded your contacts without asking, and then they pretty such sank without trace.

  • Reply 4 of 5
    Wow! Talk about a "social" company that fell off social map so completely that the news they were still around was part of the news of their sale to another company no one heard of either...
  • Reply 5 of 5
    yensid98yensid98 Posts: 311member

    I use Path daily and love it.  Friends, family and I are very active on it. I love that it's private, ad-free and features a simple, beautiful interface. This sale won't change my usage of the app, but I am concerned about it's future. I'd hate for it to morph into a Facebook clone.

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