The Path social networking app will close on October 18

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Path was once billed as the next Facebook: a social network built from its inception for cellphones, with an emphasis on small groups. While those ambitions have long been defeated, the company today revealed that it will soon be gone forever.

The app will be removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play on October 1 and the service will no longer be accessible from October 18, according to a blog post first spotted by TechCrunch. All Path-related customer service channels will be closed on November 15.

Ascent of the path

Founded in San Francisco in 2010 by former Facebook director Dave Morin and Napster creator Shawn Fanning, Path has raised nearly $ 70 million from renowned investors, including Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, founder of Salesforce Marc Benioff, Index Ventures, Kleiner Perkins and Greylock Partners.

Path originally differentiated itself from other social networks by limiting interactions to just 50 contacts, although that number was later expanded to 150 and then to 500. At its peak, Path claimed more than 10 million users. recorded, although growth in its domestic market stagnated, leading South Korean courier company Daum Kakao to take over the service in 2015, largely thanks to Path’s stronghold in Indonesia, where more half of its user base.

Path’s downfall was already more or less complete, but today’s news confirms the inevitable. Earlier this year, Dave Morin responded to the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal by revealing that he plans to rebuild “a better path,” although nothing has materialized yet.

A number of older social internet brands have been discontinued this year, including StumbleUpon, which revealed it was shutting down after 16 years, and social influence platform Klout.

Meanwhile, Path users who wish to retrieve a copy of their data can do so by visiting this link and logging in with their Path credentials before October 18.

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