The thing is though that I fear for Path’s health and future. Today, they had to lay off 20% of the staff. And though they recently rolled out a premium subscription model, I still am not sure if there are enough people using it and willing to pay for that to sustain them. I hope it sticks around.

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I’ve used Path off and on, and when the latest version was released, I became very pro-Path because of their new for-pay business model. I showed it to my friends. I encouraged people to sign up. I told them how great it is to not have your private info sold to advertisers. But not a single person signed up. They all have Twitter and Facebook, and they don’t want another network.

“All of my friends are on [insert social network]. None of them are on Path.”

None of my friends want to use Path because none of their friends are using Path. And it’s a damned shame. Path is really well executed. As David Chartier put it, “it’s the Facebook I always wanted. An ad-free, non-intrusive, beautifully designed service for people to talk about and between themselves instead of posting links and memes.” Yes, their CEO is a dick, but let’s be clear: Dick Costolo, Jack Dorsey, and Mark Zuckerberg aren’t cuddly teddy bears, either.

I’m sad that the service appears to be dying. It doesn’t bode well for other for-pay services, and I shudder to think that ad-driven software is the only way to be successful in the realm of social web applications. I’m hoping that this–much like Microsoft’s entry into the smartphone and tablet space–is just a case of being too late to compete and not a rebuke of for-pay software.

Seth’s Blog: Is Google jumping the shark?

Thesaurus

I’ve put together a handy workflow for Editorial. It uses the thesaurus API made by Big Huge Labs to present you with a list of synonyms. Here’s how it works:

  1. Select a word and launch the workflow. If no word is selected, you’ll be prompted to enter a word; enter a word and tap OK.
  2. A popover appears with your list of synonyms. The list displays the part of speech next to each synonym as well.
  3. Tap a word in the popover. If you selected a word in step 1, it will be replaced by the synonym you selected. If no word was selected, the synonym will be placed into your document wherever the cursor was last positioned.

The workflow also guards against accidentally entering phrases, and it tries to preserve capitalization.

You can use the workflow as-is, but I would recommend getting your own API key and swapping it out for the one that’s included in the workflow’s Python script.

Happy word-smithing.