Contemplating Path’s ‘Stacks’ And The Future of Mobile Photography
The introduction of the Stacks feature prompted us to wonder if any single mobile camera and photo-sharing application will soon serve as a single source across usage occasions - and whether Instagram can play that role.
A recent piece by Robert Scoble on Business Insider discussed Path’s new ‘Stacks’ feature for photos, which will essentially let you see stacks of photos around specific metatags (people, places or things) in your photos – if you make Path the camera you use everytime you take a photo. Scoble made a great point in that the full-scale adaptation of this feature may be limited given current user behavior. Specifically, the current variety of photo-based or photo-enhanced applications make it difficult for anyone to rely on one single camera source across a variety of situational (and even emotional) needs. While the author illustrated his point by providing his own personal assessment of the various applications/cameras he relies on across various situations, we’re illustrating the point with our own: