Twitter Patents

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Twitter Patents by Type

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 9836461
    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: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Gilad Mishne, Jimmy Lin
  • Patent number: 9825987
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for recommending content of a predefined category to an account holder, or account holders based on the account holder application graphs. The system receives information corresponding to applications executing on the client device of the account holders and generates an application graph for each account holder that includes a list of predefined application categories that are preferred by the account holder. For each predefined category, a list of account holders preferring content relevant to that category is predicted based on the set of generated application graphs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Deepak Rao, Argyrios Zymnis, Kelton Lynn, Michael Ducker, Sean Cook
  • Patent number: 9813260
    Abstract: A method for using an in-message application. The method includes: receiving a broadcast message; identifying, in the broadcast message, a reference to an external data provider; obtaining an identifier of the in-message application from the external data provider; using the identifier to identify a set of components of the in-message application, where placement of the set of components is defined by a visual structure of the in-message application, and where each of the set of components is a user interface (UI) element; associating data obtained from the external data provider with a component of the set of components; and serving the broadcast message and the data to a consumer client, where the consumer client renders the in-message application based on the visual structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: William Morgan, Jeremy Gordon, Grant Monroe, Buster Benson, Russell D'sa, Adam Singer, Ian Chan, Brian Ellin, Reeve Thompson, Lucas Alonso-Martinez
  • Patent number: 9788161
    Abstract: A method and system for dynamic geohash-based geofencing within a geographic area including obtaining metadata including a campaign identifier and geometric data, generating a geometry using the geometric data, mapping the geometry to a geohash grid to obtain a first geohash set having a first geohash in the geohash grid, storing the first geohash and the campaign identifier in an entry in a geohash index, obtaining a user position within the geographic area from a mobile device, generating a user geohash using the user position, matching the user geohash to the entry in the geohash index, obtaining the campaign identifier from the entry in the geohash index, and providing content corresponding to the campaign identifier to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Sen Xu, Krishna Kamath
  • Patent number: 9749283
    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: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: James Leslie Skinner, James R. Buckhouse
  • Patent number: 9747451
    Abstract: A system and method for message analysis, including: receiving, by a control service, a first modification request to modify a file system of a computing device, wherein the computing device is operating in a read-only state; identifying, by the control service, a request parameter associated with the first modification request; determining, by the control service, that the request parameter satisfies a permission criteria to perform the first modification request; provisioning, by the control service, the computing device to operate in a read/write state in response to determining that the permission criteria has been satisfied, wherein the first modification request is executed to modify the file system while the computing device is operating in the read/write state; and, upon a determination that the first modification request has successfully completed, provisioning, by the control service, the computing device to operate in the read-only state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew D. Klein
  • Patent number: 9715901
    Abstract: A system and method including: a source video for broadcast by a social media platform may be received; a set of video snippets may be extracted from the source video; a subset of the video snippets may be joined to form a preview video; a request for content for an account of the social media platform may be received from a client device; and the preview video may be provided to the client device for automatic playback by the client device in a playback area displayed inline with a message stream of the account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Baljeet Singh, Michael Folgner, Ryan Cunningham, David Regan, Yi Wang, Noah Vihinen, Thomas Stephen Woolway
  • Patent number: 9710485
    Abstract: A method and system for maintaining a density-based geocode tree for a geographic area, including obtaining a geocode tree including multiple leaf nodes each having a geohash value corresponding to a subdivision of the geographic area, obtaining multiple positions within the geographic area, generating, using the multiple positions, multiple geohashes, mapping a first subset of the multiple geohashes to a first leaf node of the multiple leaf nodes based on the geohash value of the first leaf node, incrementing, by a cardinality of the first subset, a first counter value for the first leaf node, and grafting, in response to the first counter value exceeding a first density threshold, at least one child node onto the first leaf node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Sen Xu, Jonathan Simms
  • Patent number: 9699161
    Abstract: A system and method including: receiving, from a client device, an authorization request originating from an authorization module of an application executing on the client device, where the authorization request includes an identifier identifying the client device; causing transmission, based on the identifier, of a verification message to the client device, where the verification message includes a verification code; receiving a confirmation of the verification code from the authorization module of the application executing on the client device; authenticating the application based on the receiving the confirmation of the verification code; determining that the client device identified by the identifier corresponds to a user account including secure user data associated with a user; and transmitting a unique token verifying that the application is authorized to sign into the user account, where: the unique token uniquely identifies the user account to the application, and the secure user data is not shared w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ducker, Sean Cook, Jeffrey Seibert, Jr., Alex Roetter, Kevin Weil, Akash Garg, Jeremy Gordon
  • Patent number: 9680390
    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: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Rose, Paul Thies, Jennifer Fraser
  • Patent number: 9654461
    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 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Seibert, Jr., Michael Ducker
  • Patent number: 9632765
    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: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea S. Falcone, Peter W. Hopkins, Sanford W. Phillips
  • Patent number: 9628404
    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: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: TWITTER, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Goffinet, Peter Schuller, Boaz Avital, Armond Bigian, Spencer G. Fang, Anthony Asta
  • Patent number: 9614808
    Abstract: A system and method for managing and displaying data messages includes a computing device configured to receive stream data, assign data messages of the stream data to one or more display columns of a graphical user interface, and display the data messages in the assigned columns. The stream data may be embodied as short data messages such as text messages having predetermined maximum character length. The data messages may be assigned to the display columns based on meta-data associated with the data messages such as the author of the data message, the source of the data message, and/or the type of the data message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Iain Gregory Dodsworth
  • Patent number: 9599985
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carries a camera, sends data from the camera, and receives commands. The UAV is connected to a messaging platform. Pictures or video clips received from the UAV are selected and placed in messages broadcast by an account associated with the UAV. Video footage from the camera is live-streamed in a card-type message. Account holders of the messaging platform may control the UAV with commands embedded in messages and directed towards an account associated with the UAV. Controllable elements of the UAV include UAV location, camera orientation, camera subject, UAV-mounted lighting, a UAV-mounted display, a UAV-mounted projector, UAV-mounted speakers, and a detachable payload. UAV control may be determined through democratic means. Some UAV functionality may be triggered through aggregated engagements on the messaging platform. The UAV may include a display screen and/or a microphone to provide for telepresence or interview functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Ya-Ting Wang, Wayne Robins
  • Publication number: 20170052835
    Abstract: A computing system including a first and a second application. The first application includes a first local software development kit (SDK) platform instance, and the first local SDK platform instance includes a first non-core SDK module instance, an application discovery module, and an inter-application communication module. The second application includes a second local SDK platform instance. The first non-core SDK module instance is configured to is a request to the application discovery module. Upon receipt of the request, the discovery module is configured to determine that the second local SDK platform instance includes a second non-core SDK module instance that is configured to service the request. The first local SDK platform instance, based on the determination, is configured to generate a deep link associated with the second application based on data collected by the first local SDK platform instance and provide the deep link to the first non-core SDK module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Cook, Jeffrey H. Seibert, Jr., Alex Roetter, Kevin Weil, Akash Garg, Jeremy Gordon, Christian Oestlien
  • Patent number: 9577966
    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: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Dorsey, Christopher Isaac Stone
  • Patent number: 9565057
    Abstract: A system and method for utilizing an attribute data container, e.g., a font file, to store a device identifier is provided. During a mobile configuration procedure, an analytic processing server generates a unique identifier to be used in identifying a particular end user device. This unique identifier is embedded into an attribute data container that is then stored on the end-user device. An application, executing on the end-user device, may load the attribute data container to determine the unique identifier associated with the end user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter W. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 9565245
    Abstract: Time-based media is distributed and promoted in a social networking environment. Accounts of a social networking system author social media content items (SMCIs) from which a social networking system infers relevance of content to users of those accounts. Content distributors submit time-based media content to the social networking system, which creates distributor SMCIs containing the time-based media content. Accounts are identified to receive distributor SMCIs based on SMCIs previously authored by those accounts as well as identifying information and the subject of the SMCI. Content promoters may add promotional material to distributor SMCIs, which the social networking service sends to additional accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Brown, Mike Park, Jé Carr
  • Patent number: 9553922
    Abstract: A social networking system aggregates content related to the media events that have aired or are currently airing from a variety of sources, such as the entity broadcasting the media event and users that author content items referencing the media events. The social networking system generates multiple event interfaces that allow users of the social networking system to consume content, both user authored content and content curated from external sources, related to a media event. The interfaces include both content items that have a high correlation with the media events and visual representations of the user response to media event. Further, the interfaces include interface elements that allow users to easily navigate and interact with the information being presented as well as provide additional content related to the media events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Guarraci, Lillian M. Carrasquillo, Esteban Kozak, Pradhuman D. Jhala, Satanjeev Banerjee, Nicolas T. Takayama, Justin J. Trobec, Zhanna Shamis, Aaron M. Kelley, Kevin Ullmann
  • Patent number: 9553841
    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: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: James Leslie Skinner, James R. Buckhouse
  • Patent number: 9542300
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking callback functions for error identification is provided. Prior to a function calling a callback function, it records information relating to the back trace of function(s) that called the callback in a set of state information. In the event of an error condition, the state information may be examined to provide additional information for debugging purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Massicotte
  • Patent number: 9536223
    Abstract: A user can designate a dataset and one or more n-grams in a graphical user interface displayed by a client computing device (“the client”). The client can send the designations to a server computing device (“the server”). The server can execute a query over the dataset based on the n-grams, and return statistics indicating occurrences of the n-grams in the dataset. The client can generate a graphical representation corresponding to the statistics. The user can select a portion of the graphical representation, which the client sends to the server. The server can respond with excerpts of documents corresponding to the selected portion and other n-grams within the documents. The client can then display a list of the excerpts and a list of other n-grams. The user can then perform further actions on the lists such as viewing the underlying documents or adding n-grams to the search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Noah Pepper, Homer Strong, Jesse Smith, Daniel Lidral-Porter, Devin Chalmers
  • Patent number: 9524321
    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: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashish Goel, Srinivasan Rajgopal, Utkarsh Srivastava, Anamitra Banerji
  • Patent number: 9509643
    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 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Krishna Gade, Daniel Loreto, Francesco G. Callari, Julian M. Marinus, Yu-shuang Li
  • Patent number: 9483529
    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: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Mircea-Bogdan Pasoi, Cristian-George Strat, Mihai Claudiu Toader
  • Patent number: 9462439
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention enables users to avail specialized services using missed calls. In one embodiment, a missed call server on receiving an indication that a missed call has been placed by a user to a phone number, determines the specialized service corresponding to the phone number, and then sends a data to the service provider offering the determined service. The service provider then delivers the specialized service (sought to be availed) to the user. One of the specialized services is the delivery of content to the user. Thus, a user is enabled to access different contents by placing missed calls to the appropriate phone numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: TWITTER, INC.
    Inventors: Sanjay Swamy, Valerie Rozycki Wagoner, Amiya Pathak
  • Patent number: 9454771
    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: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Parag Agrawal, Utkarsh Srivastava, Kumar Chellapilla, Qicheng Ma
  • Patent number: 9449050
    Abstract: A method, system, and non-transitory computer readable medium for identifying a relevant conversation. The method can include: identifying a conversation graph including identifiers of messages posted by a set of authoring accounts; identifying a relevance score for each authoring account; applying, by a computer processor, a first relevance filter to the conversation graph in order to modify the set of relevance scores; applying, by the computer processor and after applying the first relevance filter, a second relevance filter to the conversation graph in order to further modify the set of relevance scores; selecting, based on the set of relevance scores and after applying the second relevance filter, a subset of messages of the conversation graph for inclusion in the relevant conversation; and providing at least a portion of the relevant conversation to a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Molina, Ross Cohen, Kyle Maxwell, Stuart Hood, Cara Meverden, Coleen Baik
  • Patent number: 9424359
    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: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Babak Ghassemi Hamadani, Timothy Trueman, Krishna Gade, Yu-shuang Li, Pankaj Gupta, Pradhuman Jhala
  • Patent number: 9424172
    Abstract: A method for testing web services includes obtaining, by a new version of a service deployed on a network framework, a request and an old response to the request generated by an old version of the service, generating, by the new version of the service, a new response to the request, and generating, by a comparison tool built into the network framework and accessible to the new version of the service, a comparison of the old response and the new response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: David Helder
  • Patent number: D780785
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Jan Hansen, Kayvon B. Beykpour, Joseph Harold Bernstein, Aaron William Wasserman, Nils Victor Rocine, Alexander Kayvon Khoshnevissan, Geraint John Davies
  • Patent number: D805102
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Stamatiou