Patents Assigned to Twitter, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10291707
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for balancing storage resources in a distributed database. According to certain aspects, various hardware components may facilitate a three-stage technique including a node balancer technique, a shard balancer technique, and a replica balancer technique. The node balancer technique may create a set of pods from a set of nodes residing across a set of storage racks. The shard balancer technique may redistribute, among the set of pods, a portion of a set of shards assigned to respective pods of the set of pods. The replica balancer technique may, for each pod, distribute the set of replicas so that the replicas reside across the storage racks of that pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Lin, Sumeet Lahorani, Deng Liu, Peter Schuller, Tugrul Bingol, Neng Lu, Chongfeng Hu, Ying Xu
  • Patent number: 10289703
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for enabling dynamic reallocation of resources in a multi-tenant distributed database. According to certain aspects, a management services module allocates multiple portions of computer resources for respective operation of multiple services by multiple customers. A quality of service (QoS) controller detects that one of the services is attempting to exceed its allocated portion of resources, and identifies an available portion of another allocated portion of resources. In response, the QoS controller causes the management services module to dynamically allocate the available portion to the detected service so that the detected service is able to operate without error or delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Goffinet, Peter Schuller, Boaz Avital, Armond Bigian, Spencer G. Fang, Anthony Asta
  • Patent number: 10282451
    Abstract: A method of managing a display of applications on a computing device can include identifying a plurality of contexts in which the computing device is used, each context being associated with (i) one or more signals and (ii) a plurality of applications. The method can also include detecting at least a subset of the signals during usage of the computing device and determining, based on the detected signals, that the computing devices is being used within a first context. The method can further include ranking, based on usage of the computing device, the applications associated with the first context. The method can still further include displaying, based on the ranking, representations of a first subset of the applications associated with the first context on a display of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Ho, Gordon Luk, Todd Jackson
  • Patent number: 10282750
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for synchronising advertisements published on a group communications network with advertisements in a broadcast, the apparatus comprising: a receiver for receiving broadcast data; a communications interface in communication with a group communications network; a broadcast data content extractor adapted to derive search terms and advert data from the received broadcast data, the advert data relating to an advert received in the broadcast data, wherein on receipt of a query by a user of the group communications network, the query comprising one or more of the search terms, the communications interface publishes a group communication comprising at least a portion of the advert data on the group communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Andrew Carre, Daniel Fairs, Andrew Wheatley Littledale, Edward Robert Littledale
  • Patent number: 10277693
    Abstract: A system and method for trend detection in a messaging platform. A trend detection model is selected and a time series having a plurality of instances of social data is received, wherein the instances of social data share a countable parameter. A count is made of occurrences of countable parameters in each instance of social data assigned to that bin and a trend detected based at least in part on the trend detection model and on the count for each bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Hendrickson, Jeffrey Aaron Kolb, Joshua Montague, Brian Lehman
  • Patent number: 10275804
    Abstract: A method of placing advertisements involves sending, from a device, a request for at least one ad position, receiving, in response to the request, ad positioning information specifying an ad position in a stream and a related content position in the stream, determining, by the device, that a related content item is present in the stream, and overriding, by the device, the ad positioning information by placing an advertisement associated with the related content in the related content position within the stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabor Cselle, Nassar Stoertz, Tural Badirkhanli, Carl Joseph Blubaugh, Boris Logvinskiy
  • Patent number: 10263924
    Abstract: A system and message for message selection and presentation, including: receiving a request for content, wherein the request is associated with a context account of a messaging platform; identifying a set of unviewed messages associated with the context account; identifying grouping criteria for grouping content based on messages; applying, by a computer processor, the grouping criteria to the unviewed messages to generate a content group, wherein the content group is associated with a subset of the unviewed messages; and providing at least a portion of the content group in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Davidson, Joshua Brewer, David DeSandro, Erin Nolan, Geoffrey Brown
  • Patent number: 10250547
    Abstract: In some examples, a method includes receiving, from one or more client devices, a stream of messages composed by one or more users of the one or more client devices, wherein each of the messages includes a particular hashtag, determining, using a set of metrics that are based at least in part on the messages, a trending score that represents a magnitude of a trend for the particular hashtag, in response to determining that the trending score satisfies a threshold, sending, to a content provider system, a set of demographic data that describes one or more of the users who associated with the particular hashtag, and, in response to receiving, from the content provider system, targeted content that is based at least in part on the particular hashtag and the set of demographic data, sending, for display at the one or more of the one or more client devices, the targeted content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TWITTER, INC.
    Inventors: Dinkar Jain, Mu Lin, David Hotchkiss
  • Patent number: 10248667
    Abstract: A real-time messaging platform allows advertiser accounts to pay to insert candidate messages into the message streams requested by account holders. To accommodate multiple advertisers, the messaging platform controls an auction process that determines which candidate messages are selected for inclusion in a requested account holder's message stream. Selection is based on a bid for the candidate message, the message stream that is requested, and a variety of other factors that vary depending upon the implementation. The process for selection of candidate messages generally includes the following steps, though any given step may be omitted or combined into another step in a different implementation: targeting, filtering, prediction, ranking, and selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TWITTER, INC.
    Inventors: Parag Agrawal, Mike Jahr, Yue Lu, Ke Zhou, Utkarsh Srivastava
  • Patent number: 10242003
    Abstract: A method and system for searching documents. The method can include: identifying a first set of messages of a messaging platform referencing a document; identifying message text of the first set of messages; associating the message text with the document in a storage repository; receiving, by a computer processor, a search request including a search term provided by a client; calculating, by the computer processor, a relevance score for the document based at least on the search term and the message text; and providing, to the client and based on the relevance score, a reference to the document in response to the search request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: TWITTER, INC.
    Inventors: Gilad Mishne, Jimmy Lin
  • Patent number: 10241650
    Abstract: A method for message selection, including: receiving a request for unviewed messages, the request identifying a context account, ranking the set of unviewed messages according to ranking criteria, where the ranking criteria is used to rank each of the set of unviewed messages based on an engagement history between the context account and an authoring account of the unviewed messages; generating, based on ranking the set of unviewed messages, a result set identifying a subset of the set of unviewed messages, and providing the result set in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Mircea-Bogdan Pasoi, Cristian-George Strat, Mihai Claudiu Toader
  • Patent number: 10235333
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for enabling a dynamic management of a multi-tenant distributed database. According to certain aspects, a management module supports an interface that enables a customer to configure one or more consistency models for a service to be supported by the distributed database. The management module may determine computing resources within the distributed database that are needed to support the service according to the configured consistency model(s), and may instantiate the computing resources for testing and development of the service by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Schuller, Christopher Goffinet, Boaz Avital, Armond Bigian, Spencer G. Fang, Anthony Asta
  • Patent number: 10229163
    Abstract: A method for providing recommendations involves obtaining a first topic group (TG) associated with a first expertise topic, the first TG specifying a first plurality of accounts, selecting a second TG that specifies a second plurality of accounts, making a first determination that one of the second plurality of accounts is specified in the first TG, based on the first determination, analyzing the second plurality of accounts to determine whether the second TG is associated with the first expertise topic, based on the analysis making a second determination that the second TG is associated with the first expertise topic, generating a recommendation for a first account based on a third determination that the first account is related to an account in the first plurality of accounts or an account in the second plurality of accounts, and providing the recommendation to the first account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Alek Kolcz
  • Patent number: 10229218
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying relevant messages in a conversation graph includes identifying a context message within the conversation graph. The context message is marked as relevant and additional messages are marked as relevant based on various criteria. A plurality of authors of messages marked as relevant is identified and a plurality of unmarked messages authored by the plurality of authors is marked as relevant. In addition, a plurality of parent messages of messages marked as relevant are identified and marked as relevant. A list comprising messages marked as relevant is then provided to a user. Multiple steps can be repeated until convergence after which the list can be provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Cohen, Kyle Maxwell, Stuart Hood, Cara Meverden, Coleen Baik, Marcel Molina
  • Patent number: 10224714
    Abstract: A multi-source power supply for supplying power that includes a first rectifier configured to convert a first AC power signal from a first source to a first DC power signal, a second rectifier configured to convert a second AC power signal from a second source to a second DC power signal and a common bus operatively connected to the first rectifier and the second rectifier and configured to combine a the DC power signals into a combined DC power signal, where the common bus distributes the combined DC power signal to at least one server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Rose, Paul Thies, Jennifer Fraser
  • Patent number: 10219009
    Abstract: A computing device is configured to execute an interactive streaming application, and the interactive streaming application configured to join a live broadcast of an event that is shared by an interactive video broadcasting service executing on a server computer, receive a first video stream having video captured from a camera device configured as a first video source and display the video on a display screen, receive a second video stream having panoramic video captured from a panoramic video capturing device configured as a second video source and display a portion of the panoramic video according to a first viewing angle on the display screen, receive a change to the first viewing angle of the panoramic video, and display another portion of the panoramic video according to a second viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Chang, Suyash Sonwalkar
  • Patent number: 10216507
    Abstract: A system and method including: receiving an initial application package including at least one binary file of an application; generating an application token, wherein the application token is operable to identify a context; and assembling a customized application package including the initial application package and the application token, wherein: the customized application package and the initial application package share a common hash value according to a predefined hashing algorithm, and the application can be configured based on the application token.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea S. Falcone, Peter W. Hopkins, Sanford W. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10205697
    Abstract: A messaging platform forms an interactive message with one or more components and broadcasts the interactive message to client devices associated with accounts. The interactive message has a plurality of states that update based on event data received from a content source. While the event is in progress, the messaging platform receives event data relating to the event and transitions to an updated state based on the received event data. When the interactive message transitions to the updated state, the messaging platform updates the interactive message broadcast to the client devices. The interactive message may include interactive components that accounts may use to perform various interactions with the event, the content source, or each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: James Leslie Skinner, James R. Buckhouse
  • Patent number: 10187666
    Abstract: In some implementations, a system may include a video broadcasting service, implemented on a server, configured to enable a mobile computing device to broadcast a live feed media stream of an event, over a network, to a plurality of viewing devices. The video broadcasting service is configured to receive the live feed media stream, over the network, from the mobile computing device, where the live feed media stream originates from an external device having a camera configured as a video source for the live feed media stream. The external device may be communicatively coupled to the mobile computing device. The video broadcasting service is configured to provide the live feed media stream, over the network, to the plurality of viewing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Chang
  • Patent number: D841669
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Jan Hansen, Kayvon B. Beykpour, Joseph Harold Bernstein, Aaron William Wasserman, Nils Victor Rocine, Alexander Kayvon Khoshnevissan, Geraint Davies