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Path unveils innovative new search feature for iOS and Android apps

Path, the social network intended to help you keep tabs on just your closest friends, rolled out an update that brings an innovative new search feature to its iOS and Android apps.

The latest version, Path 2.9, should make it a whole lot easier to search through your old updates - in other words, to reminisce or find something in particular. The new feature lets you search by categories like friends, places, dates, holidays, seasons, weather, locations, birthdays, moments, and emotions.

The app will offer up personalised search suggestions every time you tap the search bar to give you ideas of memories to pull up. For example, it might suggest you revisit the first photo ever posted of you and a friend.

The new Path search also includes a nifty "nearby" option that lets you pull up all the posts shared by you and your friends near your current location. In addition, you can even now type specific memories into the search bar, the company said.

"You might be grasping for the same memory when you think, 'Dana happy in autumn,' and the next, 'funny turkey photo.' So you can search like you think, it's how we've designed it," Path wrote in a blog post.

The new search feature is rolling out "incrementally" in English only, Path said. The Path app is available for download in the App Store and via Google Play.

Path's new search feature is arguably more robust than what's currently offered on Facebook and other social networks and follows its introduction of an iPad-compatible iOS app.

Word spread earlier this year that Facebook hired former Google engineer Lars Rasmussen, who co-founded Google Maps, to lead a team of about two dozen engineers tasked with improving the social network's search engine. So far the company hasn't announced any major improvements, however.

Meanwhile, Twitter revamped its search function over the summer as part of an effort to make it easier for users to find out what is happening in real-time. The company also this week introduced a new tool that lets users download their entire Twitter archive, including all the tweets and retweets they have posted since joining the service.