Path released a list of Valentine’s Day stats Wednesday, just one week after a privacy controversy prompted Path’s CEO to issue an apology.

In a press release, Path lists mentions for certain terms such as “romance,” “engaged,” and “single” on Valentine’s Day. The stats are somewhat interesting, however it seems ill-timed considering the hot water Path was in last week surrounding privacy issues with its app.

Developer Arun Thampi discovered that users unknowingly submit their entire address book to Path’s servers through the app, reporting the issue on his blog Feb. 8. Path CEO Dave Morin issued an apology on the company’s blog that same day, admitting Path made a mistake. He added that the information was only used to improve the “Add Friends” feature and alert users when a contact joined Path. Morin wrote that user’s address books were sent to servers “over an encrypted connection” and “stored securely on our servers using industry standard firewall technology.”

The way Path sourced this Valentine’s data is different from last week’s issue. With aggregate usage data, it analyzes all Path users as a whole without looking at any one individual.

Numerous social network companies are privy to information about popular terms and what you’re accessing on their sites without violating privacy policies. But this new batch of information could possibly keep concerns about what information companies such as Path can access front-and-center in user’s minds.

Last week’s Path problem was a result of the fact the app didn’t ask users’ permission before it accessed their information – a rule for all iOS apps. Permissions on Facebook’s new apps drew similar concern from some experts and generated criticism, because to access the app, the opt-in agreement is usually mandatory.

Here are the stats from the press release:

Path metrics for Valentine’s Day in the U.S. on February 14, 2012:

  • Comments with the word “love” on Path up 26%
  • Comments with the words “romantic” or “romance” up 153%
  • Comments using the words “marry,” “date” or “engage” up 54%
  • Negative comments about Valentine’s Day up 38%
  • Comments with the word “single,” up 53%
  • Percentages of moments tagged with other people up 33%
  • Love (hearts), 43.5%
  • Happy (smiley face), 25%
  • Laugh (laughing face), 18%
  • Surprise (surprised face), 8.6%
  • Sad (sad face), 4.9%

Top 10 songs people listened to on Valentine’s Day:

  • Someone like You by Adele
  • Young, Wild and Free (feat. Bruno Mars) by Wiz Khalifa
  • Set Fire to the Rain by Adele
  • We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris) by Rihanna
  • A Thousand Years by Christina Perry
  • It Will Rain by Bruno Mars
  • The One That Got Away by Katy Perry
  • Paradise by Coldplay
  • I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
  • Take Care (feat. Rihanna) by Drake

Top 10 Artists listened to on Path:

  • Drake
  • Adele
  • Rihanna
  • Coldplay
  • Beyonce
  • Whitney Houston
  • Bruno Mars
  • Chris Brown
  • Katy Perry
  • Maroon 5

  • Average time users went to sleep, 12:11 a.m.

What information do you feel comfortable providing to social networking sites? Tell us in the comments.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, oonal

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2000

Google’s first ever Doodle for Valentine’s was a cutesy cartoon cupid.

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Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is upon us once again. And one thing we definitely adore about the holiday is Google‘s love-themed Doodles.

The first V-Day-inspired Google Doodle appeared in 2000, and we’ve seen classic designs ever since. We’ve taken a look back at all the love-themed logos Google has shared over the last 12 years.

SEE ALSO: 10 Valentine’s Day Cards for Your Special Tech Geek

Take a look through our gallery. Let us know in the comments if you prefer this year’s video design over the still images from years gone by.

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Cupid’s big day is upon us again, and Google is celebrating the Feb. 14 holiday with an animated Doodle that demonstrates the limitations of the company’s search engine when romance is thrown into the mix.

The 71-second Valentine’s Day animation on Google‘s homepage tells the story of a boy’s attempt to swoon his crush. He initially turns to Google Search for tips, but everything it suggests doesn’t work. We won’t spoil the rest, so watch the clip above to find out what happens next.

Near the end, the animation pieces together a collage showing all types of love, including what appears to be a same-sex couple, which many Twitter users have already noted in their tweets.

Tony Bennett’s “Cold, Cold Heart” accompanies the animation.

SEE ALSO: 10 Clever Marriage Proposals Using Social Media, Tech, Games and Memes

Google’s first Valentine’s Day Doodle went live in 2000. Check out all of them since then in the gallery below, or learn more about how Google Doodles are created here.

What do you think of Google’s latest Valentine’s Day Doodle? Sound off in the comments.

On a fun sidenote: If you type a certain algebraic equation into Google search, you’ll get a special surprise.

2011




Pop artist Robert Indiana is the inspiration behind this year’s Doodle, with the search engine’s logo emulating Indiana’s iconic “love” sculpture.

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lovestagram

Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger is about to receive one of the Internet’s most thoughtful Valentine’s Day ecards from his girlfriend Kaitlyn Trigger.

Trigger, who has been dating Krieger since before he launched the hugely popular iOS app, is launching Lovestagram, an interactive Valentine’s card maker that uses the Instagram API, as a Valentine’s Day gift.

Lovestagram creates a slideshow of all Instagram photos shared between you and your special someone, through mutual username tags, photos shot in the same location within an hour or comments exchanged. All you do is sign in through your Instagram account and enter the username of your significant other. Two of the frames place your photos in a still frame you can click through and one places all photos in one frame.

The app works with anyone, no matter your relationship status, though at least for now, all of the frames are love-themed. Trigger says she may expand Lovestagram to create holiday, birthday or anniversary cards in the future.

“It basically lets you look through your relationship in photos,” Trigger told Mashable.

To prepare the ecard maker, Trigger began studying code in Fall 2011. While she wanted to keep her project hidden from Krieger, she realized asking her coding-pro boyfriend to help her with bugs was much easier than solving them herself. Over the past few months, she taught herself Python, Django, Jinja, HTML, CSS, jQuery and Photoshop.

“Mike was really delighted when he realized I was learning code and I had to fend him off a little,” Trigger says. “I really did want to build this myself.”

Though Krieger knows his girlfriend has a big project in the works, he supposedly has no idea exactly what the site is and when it will launch.

Instagram has become something of a cult app, with spin-off products such as iPhone cases and
canvas wall hangings, and a London art gallery even showcased an exhibit of photos manipulated through the app.

Have you heard of any other tech-themed Valentine’s plans this year? Let us know in the comments.


BONUS: Geeky Valentine’s Day Cards

1. You Are My Double Rainbow!

What does this mean? It means you can send your sweetie a magnificent meme.

Cost: $3.75

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1. You Are My Double Rainbow!

What does this mean? It means you can send your sweetie a magnificent meme.

Cost: $3.75

Click here to view this gallery.

Do you have a special geek in your life? Then don’t send them an ordinary card this Valentine’s Day — mail them an awesome geeky design that will speak right to their heart.

We have trawled Etsy for some fresh options for 2012 and found 10 geek-tastic designs incorporating our favorite social media sites, fun tech and even popular memes.

SEE ALSO: 8 Adorable Pixel Heart Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Take a look through our photo gallery of cute cards. Let us know in the comments which ones you might send — and which ones you’d like to receive!

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1. Pixel Heart Earrings

These cute earrings are a subtle way for a geek to show his/her allegiance.

Cost: $8

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This Valentine’s Day, don’t say it with chocolates. Don’t say it with flowers. Don’t even think of saying it with a stuffed toy. Say it loud, proud and geeky with an 8-bit heart.

We have found eight great accessories — for both sexes — that celebrate the classic pixelated heart. From a journal to jewelry and from $4 to $270, we’re sure there’s something here for the geek love of your life.

Take a look through the gallery. Let us know in the comments which items steal your heart.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all you romantics out there! Google has set the mood on its infamously sparse homepage today with a brand new Google Doodle to mark this special day of lurve.

Google’s first Valentine’s-themed Doodle appeared way back in 2000, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to take a look back at the search giant’s efforts through the years.

Have a meander through the gallery below to see the evolution of Google’s V-Day Doodle over the past 11 years and let us know your favorite design in the comments.

2011

Pop artist Robert Indiana is the inspiration behind this year’s Doodle, with the search engine’s logo emulating Indiana’s iconic “love” sculpture.

2010

Last year Google pulled double duty with its Feb 14 logo. Marking both the Winter Olympics and V-Day, Google picked pairs skating as the sport to highlight with a heart carved in the ice to the right of the logo.

2009

Most of the world saw love birds perched on a gold band in 2009…

2009 (U.S.)

… While the U.S. got a decidedly more modern “X” and “O” to represent some hugs ‘n’ kisses.

2008

A sweet old couple holding hands appealed to your sense of romance in 2008.

2007

Google goes naughty and nice in 2007 with a chocolate dipped strawberry.

2005

Hearts and flowers in 2005 make a pretty twist on the classic logo.

2004

A year later and the Google vowels are puckering up for a smooch.

2003

Google integrated hearts as the “Os” in the logo to celebrate V-Day in 2003.

2001

Google stayed cute in 2001 with a teddy-themed doodle.

2000

Google chose a cutesy Cupid to grace its first ever Valentine’s Doodle in 2000


More Google Resources from Mashable:


HOW TO: Change the Google Logo to Your Favorite Google Doodle
10 Great Behind-the-Scenes Glimpses of Google [VIDEOS]
5 Must-See Google Easter Eggs
10 Must-See Google Street View Sightings
10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Google

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