Twitter Patents

Twitter is a global communications platform that allows people to create, distribute and discover content 140 characters at a time. The company generates the majority of its revenues from third party advertising through Promoted Tweets, Promoted Accounts and Promoted Trends.

Twitter Patents by Type

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 10187447
    Abstract: A system for online conversion attribution. The system includes a short uniform resource locator (URL) service programmed to, in response to receiving a short URL from a device: provide a cookie that includes a short URL ID to the device, and provide a short URL descriptor including the short URL ID to a user mapping service. The system further includes the user mapping service programmed to receive the short URL descriptor, receive a social media descriptor including a social media ID, map the short URL ID to the social media ID using the short URL descriptor and the social media descriptor, and attribute, using the mapping, a conversion on a website accessed using the device based upon receipt of the short URL ID from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Shariq Rizvi, Ameet Ranadive, Abhishek Shrivastava, Wenchang Zhou, Bill Darrow, Santosh Kancha, Travis Lull, Tom Larson, Yimin Wu, Xiaochuan Qin
  • Patent number: 10163133
    Abstract: A real-time messaging platform and method are disclosed which can be used to promote content in the messaging platform. In one embodiment, the promotion system is disclosed which performs initial candidate selection so as to narrow down the set of candidate promotions before applying more expensive processing. The candidate selection takes advantage of the connection graph information associated with accounts in the messaging platform to identify targeted accounts. In another embodiment, the promotion system uses a prediction model to predict a user's engagement with the promotion and utilizes the prediction to assist in ranking the candidate promotions. Promotions can be assigned metrics based, for example, on a weighted combination of user engagement rates, decayed with time to reflect an intuition that recent interactions by one or more users with the promotion will have a greater impact than older interactions with the promotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Utkarsh Srivastava, Ashish Goel, Srinivasan Rajgopal, Anamitra Banerji
  • Patent number: 10152731
    Abstract: A method for processing ads involves traversing an ad view hierarchy to obtain ad view information for a device, providing the ad view information to an ad server, sending, by the device, an ad request to the ad server, receiving, in response to the ad request, an ad. and displaying the ad on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabor Cselle, Nassar Stoertz, Tural Badirkhanli, Carl Joseph Blubaugh
  • Patent number: 10146512
    Abstract: A system and method for feature switching in software applications. A feature switching action (FSA) is received and at least one user device is identified based on the received FSA. At least one feature switching instruction (FSI) is generated based on the received FSA and the FSI is sent to at least one of the identified user devices. A feature switching instruction response (FSIR) is received from each user device that received a FSI and a feature switching action response (FSAR) is generated based on the received FSIRs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Chang, Jeffrey H. Seibert, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10146515
    Abstract: A software developer tool allows for live code updates (LCU) while an application is running using an execution platform. The LCU update service operates by preemptively, automatically rewriting bytecode to introduce a layer of indirection that swaps out the code of a running application to make it easy to dynamically update whenever the code is changed. The indirection includes both new “representation” classes (and constituent fields and methods), and also replacing constructs that are hard-coded into the bytecode with more flexible constructs such as representation object maps and a dynamic global class table. All manner of code modifications are handled including adding, removing and modifying fields and methods of classes, and changing the class hierarchy. This includes arbitrary code changes, ensuring that when a developer changes a class, all objects of or related to that class are instantly updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Sameer Sundresh
  • Patent number: 10148606
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for reducing unwanted messages or spam within a real-time social networking service. According to certain aspects, a synchronous analysis module may operate in coordination with an asynchronous analysis module. Each of the synchronous analysis module and the asynchronous analysis module analyzes an incoming message from a user account to determine whether the incoming message has characteristics of spam, whereby the synchronous analysis is at a lower latency than the asynchronous analysis. The asynchronous analysis is afforded the ability to identify certain spam characteristics that the synchronous analysis may identify during its lower latency analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Raghav Jeyaraman, Arjun Maheswaran, Erdong Chen
  • Patent number: 10146855
    Abstract: A real-time messaging platform and method is disclosed which classifies messages in accordance with a combination of user engagement events as modified to reflect the temporal structure of the user engagement events. A message can be assigned a metric based, for example, on a weighted combination of user engagement rates, decayed with time to reflect an intuition that recent interactions by one or more users with the message will have a greater impact than older interactions with the message. Different types of interaction by one or more users with the message can be assigned different weights when the different engagement events are combined and, also, can be assigned different temporal characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashish Goel, Srinivasan Rajgopal, Utkarsh Srivastava, Anamitra Banerji
  • Patent number: 10146676
    Abstract: A system and method for performing regression testing on source code provides a data sample to one or more candidate instances executing a candidate version of source code for a code base and provides the data sample to plurality of baseline instances executing a baseline version of the source code. The baseline version of the source code and the candidate version of the source code differ. The regression testing system and method obtains candidate outputs from the one or more candidate instances and obtains baseline outputs from the plurality of baseline instances based on the provided data sample. One or more faults in the candidate version of the source code can be determined by comparing the candidate outputs the baseline outputs. A filter for excluding one or more data fields from the comparison can be generated based on a comparison between baseline outputs from one of the plurality of baseline instances and baseline outputs from another of the plurality of baseline instances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Puneet Khanduri
  • Patent number: 10146522
    Abstract: A software developer tool allows for live code updates (LCU) while an application is running using an execution platform. The LCU update service operates by preemptively, automatically rewriting bytecode to introduce a layer of indirection that swaps out the code of a running application to make it easy to dynamically update whenever the code is changed. The indirection includes both new “representation” classes (and constituent fields and methods), and also replacing constructs that are hard-coded into the bytecode with more flexible constructs such as representation object maps and a dynamic global class table. All manner of code modifications are handled including adding, removing and modifying fields and methods of classes, and changing the class hierarchy. This includes arbitrary code changes, ensuring that when a developer changes a class, all objects of or related to that class are instantly updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Sameer Sundresh
  • Patent number: 10133439
    Abstract: A method for displaying content in a computing device, including: displaying a set of partially overlapping panels in a viewable area of a display; detecting a first input associated with an element in a first panel of the set of overlapping panels; displaying, on the display, an indication that the element is selected; and displaying, in response to the first input and concurrently with the indication, a second panel partially overlapping the first panel and adjacent to at least one edge of the viewable area of the display, where the second panel includes content relevant to the selected element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TWITTER, INC.
    Inventors: Loren Brichter, Leland Rechis
  • Patent number: 10116611
    Abstract: A system and a method are disclosed for recommending electronic messages in a message sharing system. Users can post messages to the message sharing system. These messages from posting users are received by the system and sent to receiving users that have subscribed to the posting users. The receiving users interact with the messages in various ways, such as by sharing the messages with other users. Interaction information is received for each of the electronic messages. The interaction information includes an indication of the number of interactions with the electronic message by receiving users. A score is determined for each electronic message based on the interaction information. Electronic messages are selected for being recommended to a user or a group of users based on the scores. The recommendations are then sent to the users, enabling users to better focus their attention on messages that are likely to be interesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Abdur Chowdhury, Ashish Goel, Ram Ravichandran
  • Patent number: 10110550
    Abstract: An example system for device-independent point to multipoint communication is configured to receive a message addressed to one or more destination users, the message type being, for example, Short Message Service (SMS), Instant Messaging (IM), E-mail, web form input, or Application Program Interface (API) function call. The system also is configured to determine information about the destination users, the information comprising preferred devices and interfaces for receiving messages, the information further including message receiving preferences. The system applies rules to the message based on destination user information to determine the message endpoints, the message endpoints being, for example, Short Message Service (SMS), Instant Messaging (IM), E-mail, web page output, or Application Program Interface (API) function call. The system translates the message based on the destination user information and message endpoints and transmits the message to each endpoint of the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TWITTER, INC.
    Inventors: Jack Dorsey, Christopher Isaac Stone
  • Patent number: 10108674
    Abstract: A method for generating recommendations involves selecting a first platform message, making a first determination that the first platform message is potentially associated with a plurality of topics including a first topic and a second topic, obtaining additional information associated with the first platform message including at least one of information about an account that authored the first platform message and information about third party accounts engaging with the first platform message, making a second determining that the first platform message is associated with the first topic using the plurality of topics and at least a portion of the additional information, wherein the first topic is an initial classification of the first platform message, generating a recommendation for at least one account based on the second determination, and providing the recommendation to at least one account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Alek Kolcz
  • Patent number: 10095547
    Abstract: A system and method for data stream processing. Two or more instances are connected as a topology, wherein at least one of the instances is a spout and at least one of the instances is a bolt. The topology is submitted to a scheduler, wherein the service scheduler receives resource offers from a cluster manager representing computing resources available on one or more of cluster nodes and determines resources to accept and computations to run on the accepted computing resources. The topology is scheduled as one or more jobs, wherein each job includes two or more containers, including a first container and a second container, the first container including a topology master and the second container including a stream manager and one or more stream processing system (SPS) instances, wherein each SPS instance represents one of the instances in the topology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjeev Raghavendra Kulkarni, Nikunj Bhagat, Maosong Fu, Vikas Kedigehalli, Christopher Kellogg, Sailesh Mittal, Jignesh M. Patel, Karthik Ramasamy, Siddharth Taneja
  • Patent number: 10067752
    Abstract: A method and apparatus provides a user of a mobile device with a notification after an application (also referred to as an “app”) has been downloaded and installed. A user interacting with an original app can select a link to download a new app. After download and installation of the new app has been requested, the original app polls the operating system to determine if the new app has been installed. A notification is provided to the user by the original app after the new app has been installed. A notification is also transmitted to an external server indicating that a user has requested downloaded, installed, and/or opened the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Dukes, Eric Maguire, Kelton Lynn, Amer Shahnawaz
  • Patent number: 10063662
    Abstract: A method for establishing a trust association includes receiving, by a server, a request to associate a web source with an account, the request having a link to the web source, and accessing, by the server, the web source in response to the request to associate. The method further includes locating, by the server and within the web source, a tag associated with the account, creating, by the server and in response to locating the tag within the web source, a trust association between the account and the web source, and providing, by the server, an indication of the trust association for display in a user interface of a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Ben Ward
  • Patent number: 10057651
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a system for implementing a video clip service may include a video editor configured to receive a broadcast media stream and obtain a volume of social media engagements of a social media platform. The social media engagements include user engagements on the social media platform about the broadcast stream. The video editor may include a correlator configured to correlate the volume of social media engagements with a timeline of the broadcast media stream, a moment detector configured to detect one or more segments of the broadcast media stream using the volume of social media engagements, and a clip creator configured to automatically create a video clip with the one or more segments. The system may also include a video surfacer configured to provide the video clip for inclusion in a content stream of one or more users of the social media platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: TWITTER, INC.
    Inventors: Baljeet Singh, Michael Folgner, David Regan, Noah Vihinen, Tom Woolway
  • Patent number: 10049472
    Abstract: A system and method for user content presentation, including: receiving, in association with a request to establish a graph relationship between a first account and a second account, a strength of relationship from the first account to the second account, the strength of relationship selected based on input from a user of the first account; selecting, by a computer processor, a delivery attribute associated with the second account based on the strength of relationship, where the delivery attribute is positively correlated with a measure of content authored by the second account to be provided to the first account; selecting content authored by the second account for inclusion in a stream of the first account based on the delivery attribute; and providing the stream of the first account for display on a client computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Croom, Patrick Henry Sullivan Ewing
  • Patent number: 9996575
    Abstract: A messaging system automatically populates a stream of messages using only a seed selected by the requesting account holder. In one embodiment, the seed includes the streams of one or more of the “top” accounts of the messaging system. Here, “top” is according to any one of a number of different metrics stored in the messaging system. With knowledge of the seed, the messaging system automatically populates a stream for the requesting account holder, without requiring any other input. As a result, an account holder is provided with a fully functioning stream with very little effort or knowledge required on their part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ben Fleischman, Matthew Miller, Richard Douglas Whitcomb, Jr., Mark Watabe, Anthony Sciola
  • Patent number: 9992470
    Abstract: A method and system for capturing, sharing, viewing, and/or displaying one or more video videos. A user of a computing device performs a gesture involving contacting a touch sensitive display. In response, a video segment is captured while the user maintains contact with the touch sensitive display. Upon releasing contact with the touch sensitive display, recording of the video segment is ceased. In one or more embodiments of the invention, the user may then record one or more additional video segments to be included in a video vignette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Dominik Hofmann
  • Patent number: 9965136
    Abstract: A method for displaying content in a computing device including a display, the method including: displaying content in a viewable area of the display; detecting, by the display, an input associated with the content; and shifting, in response to the input, at least a portion of the content of the viewable area to display a non-modal view, where the non-modal view and the shifted content are concurrently available for user interaction after shifting the portion of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Loren Brichter, Leland Rechis
  • Patent number: 9892431
    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: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Parag Agrawal, Utkarsh Srivastava, Kumar Chellapilla, Qicheng Ma
  • Patent number: 9894029
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable medium for identifying relevant content from a messaging platform. The method can include: identifying a context account; identifying a set of initial accounts of the messaging platform; selecting a set of relevant accounts from among the set of initial accounts; selecting a set of messages authored by the set of relevant accounts based at least on a recency of each of the set of messages; and providing the set of messages in response to a request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Krishna Gade, Daniel Loreto, Francesco G. Callari, Julian M. Marinus, Yu-Shuang Li
  • Patent number: 9894096
    Abstract: Behavioral analysis of a mobile application is performed to determine whether the application is malicious. During analysis, various user interactions are simulated in an emulated environment to activate many possible resulting behaviors of an application. The behaviors are classified as hard or soft signals. A probability of the application being malicious is determined through combining soft signals, and the application is classified as malicious or non-malicious. Users of the application, the developer of the application, or a distributor of the application are notified of the application classification to enable responsive action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Neilkumar Murli Daswani, Ameet Ranadive, Shariq Rizvi, Michael Gagnon, Tufan Demir, Gerald E. Eisenhaur
  • Patent number: 9887941
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclose an in-message application facilitating the use of third-party application programming interfaces (APIs). In particular, these in-message applications (referred to as “cards”) may be designed by a developer to access third-party API functionality. A user may then create a message referencing, e.g., a web address associated with the developer's card. The system may receive the user's message and recognize the reference. The system may then distribute an instantiation of the card to various recipients, the instantiation including elements generated using, or providing the user access to, the third party functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Guarraci, William Morgan, Jeremy Gordon, Grant Monroe, Buster Benson, Russell D'Sa, Adam Singer, Ian Chan, Brian Ellin, Reeve Thompson, Luke Alonso, Zachary Taylor, Zhijang Chen
  • Patent number: 9888000
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for delegating authentication of an untrusted application executing on a client device. For delegated authentication, an untrusted application relies on a trusted application executing in the same environment for authentication purposes. The delegated authentication process avoids requiring the user of the untrusted application to provide authentication credentials. The disclosed system for delegating authentication enables any trusted application executing in the same computing environment to authenticate the untrusted application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Seibert, Jr., Michael Ducker
  • Patent number: 9886515
    Abstract: A method and system for facilitating typeahead. The method can include: identifying a set of topics and/or connected accounts; storing, based on one or more signals associated with a user account, a portion of the topics and/or connected accounts in a cache; and using the cache to provide typeahead suggestions to a client in response to a request associated with the user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Babak Ghassemi Hamadani, Timothy Trueman, Krishna Gade, Yu-shuang Li, Pankaj Gupta, Pradhuman Jhala
  • Patent number: 9881060
    Abstract: A real-time messaging platform and method are disclosed which suggests messages and accounts from the real-time messaging platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Gilad Mishne, Pradhuman Jhala, Anand Madhavan, Florian Thomas Leibert
  • Patent number: 9876848
    Abstract: Images of key phrases or hashtags appear on televised feeds. Image processing techniques, such as feature locating algorithms or character recognition algorithms, can be used to locate the images of key phrases in the images. Then, character recognition algorithms can be used to generate a list of candidate key phrases for the key phrase in image format. However, identification of the key phrase in image format is not completely accurate with conventional methods. Social media content items associated with the televised feed are used to filter the list of candidate key phrases. Using known information about the televised feed as well as about key phrases in text format in the social media content items, candidate key phrases in the list of candidate key phrases can be scored and, thus, a final candidate key phrase selected based on the scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew John Carroll, Richard Douglas Whitcomb, Jr., Wangfan Fu, Thanabordi Jianrungsang
  • Patent number: 9871606
    Abstract: A real time messaging platform identifies an audio snippet of a time-based media (TBM) event. The messaging platform maintains a real time repository of concurrently broadcasting TBM events as well as a historical repository of previously broadcast TBM events. These repositories contain acoustic fingerprints of their respective TBM events. The messaging platform matches an acoustic fingerprint of the audio snippet with one of the stored acoustic fingerprints to identify the TBM event in the recorded snippet. To identify the TBM event, the messaging platform matches multiple overlapping reference audio segments of the reference audio stream with multiple test audio segments of the audio snippet. This allows the platform to account for time delays between the test and reference audio segments that would otherwise hinder the matching process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew John Carroll, Jeremy Rishel, Richard Douglas Whitcomb, Jr., Mark Watabe, Noah Vihinen, Indranrita Deshmukh, Artur B. Adib, Michael Ben Fleischman, Deb Kumar Roy
  • Patent number: 9866586
    Abstract: A messaging system includes features of gathering information regarding content accessed across multiple applications and/or devices and making that information available to account holders of the messaging system. The messaging system stores data related to accessed content in a plurality of indices and makes that data available to enable account holders to access previously-accessed content, even if the previous access occurred in a different software application, on a different device, or on a device with a different operating system. Account holders may also be provided with recommendations based on gathered information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabor Cselle, Tural Badirkhanli, Kelton Lynn, Michael Ducker, Jeffrey Seibert, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9858130
    Abstract: A method for distributed processing involves receiving a graph (G) of targets and of influencers, with each influencer related to at least one target, receiving an action graph of actions performed by one or more of the influencers, and key partitioning G across shards. The method further involves transposing the first graph (G) to obtain a first transposed graph (GT), valuing partitioning GT across the shards, storing the action graph on multiple shards, issuing, to a shard, a request specifying an influencer, to perform an intersection, receiving a response to the request of a set of influencers each of which is related to a target, and determining whether to send a recommendation to the target based on the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Ajeet Grewal, Siva Gurumurthy, Venumadhav Satuluri, Pankaj Gupta, Brian Larson, Volodymyr Zhabuik, Aneesh Sharma, Ashish Goel
  • Patent number: 9860199
    Abstract: A system and method for message analysis, including: receiving, from a client device, a reporting request identifying a first broadcasted message authored by a context account of a messaging platform; identifying, by a computer processor, engagement data corresponding to engagement with the first broadcasted message by a set of engaging accounts of the messaging platform that engaged with the first broadcasted message; generating, using the engagement data and by the computer processor, propagation data representing propagation of the first broadcasted message in a connection graph of the messaging platform; and providing the propagation data for the client device in response to the reporting request, where the client device is operable to display a visual representation of the propagation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Aditya Krishna Naganath, Erik Steven Froese
  • Patent number: 9851911
    Abstract: A system and method for data storage. The method can include: identifying, by a computer processor, a cluster map representing a set of storage resources; for each storage resource of the set of storage resources: traversing, by the computer processor, the cluster map to map the storage resource to a candidate resource set including at least one other storage resource of the set of storage resources; identifying a first data object associated with a storage request; identifying a first candidate resource set based on the first data object; and selecting a first final resource set based at least on the first candidate resource set, where the first data object is sent to storage resources of the first final resource set for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Schuller, Christopher Goffinet, Sangjin Lee, Meher Anand, Edward Ceasar, Armond Bigian
  • Patent number: 9852173
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for managing shared states of objects associated with a distributed database. According to certain aspects, a reactor machine interfaces with a coordination service that is in communication with the distributed database to coordinate the shared states of the objects. The coordination service notifies the reactor machine when a shared state of an object has changed and, in response, the reactor machine determines a desired state of the object by executing a reactor function. The reactor machine provides the desired state of the object to the coordination service, and the coordination service updates the shared state of the object to reflect the desired state of the object. Accordingly, the logic of the reactor machine is de-coupled from the complexities of the coordination service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: TWITTER, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Schuller, Sumeet Lahorani, Stuart Hood
  • Patent number: D805102
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Stamatiou
  • 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