Patents by Inventor Justin Alexander Shaffer

Justin Alexander Shaffer has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10325287
    Abstract: An online system, such as a social networking system, may determine user trends and identify actions to be taken by users that may help optimize revenue for an advertiser. A social networking system may generate offers for an advertiser based on the user trends, user characteristics, and claims about users where the offers include actions determined by the social networking system that users may take to help optimize revenue for advertiser. Venues may also sell ad space, ad inventory, and real-time customer data to advertisers through a social networking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Lessin, Justin Alexander Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10305847
    Abstract: A social networking system identifies an event based on a thread including messages from users of the social networking system and communicates invitations to the event to one or more invited users. The social networking system receives a response to an invitation from a responding user and identifies a group of users invited to the event that have not responded to the invitation. From the users invited to the event that have not responded to the invitation, a subset of users having a threshold affinity to the responding user are selected. The social networking system notifies the subset of users of the responding user's response to the invitation and may also provide the subset of users with a suggestion for attending the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Peter Davenport, Lucy Congyun Zhang, Jonathan David Perlow, Justin Alexander Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10277642
    Abstract: A composer interface provided by a social networking system allows a user to provide input, such as text data, to the social networking system. The composer interface allows the user to identify an action and/or an object related to the input. An action is structured data describing a relationship between objects defined by the social networking system. Based on the action identified as related to the input, the social networking system stores an association between the received input and the identified action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Taaffe Lindsay, Samuel Lessin, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Nicholas Felton, Ryan Case
  • Publication number: 20190108495
    Abstract: Social networking system users may create events where a group of other users invited to the event meet at a specified time and location. While an inviting user initially specifies the group of users to invite to the event, the social networking system suggests additional users to invite to the event. The social networking system suggests additional users based on a prediction that the users would attend the event if invited. Various factors may be used to make the prediction, such as an affinity between the inviting user and the other users, the availability of the other users at the time of the event and/or the proximity of the other users to the location of the event. Invitations to the suggested additional users may be automatically sent or sent to a set of the additional users selected by the inviting user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Srinivas P. Narayanan, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Daniel Jeng-Ping Hui, Ross David Bayer
  • Patent number: 10158899
    Abstract: In particular embodiments a social networking system captures data associated with video content provided to a first user of a social-networking system, identifies, using the captured data, the video content provided to the first user, and updates a graph of the social-networking system to associate the first user with the identified video content. The graph of the social-networking system has a plurality of nodes and edges connecting the nodes. The nodes of the graph include user nodes that are each associated with a particular user of the social-networking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ime Archibong, Gregory Joseph Badros, Sean Michael Bruich, Robert Daniel, David Harry Garcia, Brian Krausz, Cameron Alexander Marlow, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Michael John McKenzie Toksvig, Erick Tseng, Yoon Kean Wong
  • Patent number: 10157371
    Abstract: Social networking system users may create events where a group of other users invited to the event meet at a specified time and location. While an inviting user initially specifies the group of users to invite to the event, the social networking system suggests additional users to invite to the event. The social networking system suggests additional users based on a prediction that the users would attend the event if invited. Various factors may be used to make the prediction, such as an affinity between the inviting user and the other users, the availability of the other users at the time of the event and/or the proximity of the other users to the location of the event. Invitations to the suggested additional users may be automatically sent or sent to a set of the additional users selected by the inviting user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Srinivas P. Narayanan, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Daniel Hui, Ross David Bayer
  • Patent number: 10115179
    Abstract: A map interface presents a geographic map with markers identifying geographic locations associated with content items. When the geographic distance between two or more content items is less than a threshold distance, multiple content items are grouped to create an aggregated content item. Based on the geographic locations associated with the grouped content items, a geographic location is associated with the aggregated content item. A single marker identifies the geographic location for the aggregated content item on the geographic map. When a user viewing the map interface accesses the single marker, content selected from the content items combined to generated the aggregated content item is presented as well as the geographic location associated with the aggregated content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Andrew Watson, Jonathan McCord, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Ross David Bayer
  • Patent number: 10028005
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, one or more computer systems of a social-networking system determine identities of one or more users in proximity to a display device and query a social graph of the social-networking system for social content associated with the determined identities. The social graph includes nodes and edges connecting the nodes. The nodes include user nodes that are each associated with a particular user of the social-networking system. The one or more computer systems of the social-networking system identify, using the social content, recommended media content for the one or more users in proximity to the display device and provide a playlist for display on the display device. The playlist includes the recommended media content for the one or more users in proximity to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ime Archibong, Gregory Joseph Badros, Colin Cameron Brennan Campbell, David Harry Garcia, Mark Heynen, Brian Krausz, Cameron Alexander Marlow, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Michael John McKenzie Toksvig, Erick Tseng, Yoon Kean Wong
  • Publication number: 20180081506
    Abstract: A system is provided for selectively presenting a portion of an event to a user. The system includes a first device, a second device, and a network allowing communication between the first and the second device. An application at the first device displays a plurality of sub-events that characterize an event; receives an input from a user whereby the user selects a sub-event from the plurality of sub-events; sends a request to a second device, the request comprising information associated with the selected sub-event; receives media data from the second device whereby the media data represents the selected sub-event; and presents the received media data. An application at the second device receives the request from the first device, selects the media data that represents the selected sub-event from a database using the information associated with the selected sub-event, and sends the selected media data to the first device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Bamtech, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Bowman, John Dinn Mann, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Joseph Francis Choti
  • Patent number: 9836721
    Abstract: A social networking system that provides a system allowing users of the social networking system to define future plans, whereby users of the social networking system who view the plan are permitted to add themselves to the plan independent of whether they were explicitly specified as attendees of the plan. The social networking system is capable of auto-filling some missing plan details through inference. The social networking system is also capable of merging similar plans together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Alexander Shaffer, Ross David Bayer, Thomas Andrew Watson, Srinivas P. Narayanan, Devin James Naquin
  • Publication number: 20170317966
    Abstract: A social networking system allows a user to insert media information into content posted by the user, where the media information identifies a media item that the user is consuming while composing the posted content. When a user of a social networking system composes content via a composer interface, the user may select an option on the composer interface to record audio using a microphone on the user's device. A media item is identified from the recorded audio and information about the identified media item is added to the user's posted content. The system may also update information about the identified media item and the composing user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Justin Alexander Shaffer, Robert Taaffe Lindsay, Sean Michael Bruich
  • Patent number: 9807454
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, one or more computer systems of a social-networking system identify a user viewing video content on a first display device, identify the video content being viewed on the first display device by the user, and determine a second display device associated with the identified user. The one or more computer systems of the social-networking system determine an action related to the video content being viewed by the user on the first display device and provide one or more instructions to the determined second display device to display a call-to-action associated with the determined action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ime Archibong, Gregory Joseph Badros, Colin Cameron Brennan Campbell, Robert Daniel, David Harry Garcia, Mark Heynen, Brian Krausz, Cameron Alexander Marlow, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Michael John McKenzie Toksvig, Erick Tseng, Patrick Underwood, Yoon Kean Wong
  • Patent number: 9787629
    Abstract: A social networking system allows a user to insert media information into content posted by the user, where the media information identifies a media item that the user is consuming while composing the posted content. When a user of a social networking system composes content via a composer interface, the user may select an option on the composer interface to record audio using a microphone on the user's device. A media item is identified from the recorded audio and information about the identified media item is added to the user's posted content. The system may also update information about the identified media item and the composing user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Alexander Shaffer, Robert Taaffe Lindsay, Sean Michael Bruich
  • Patent number: 9774641
    Abstract: A social networking system presents questions to a user on an interface associated with the social networking system to elicit information about the user that is missing from the user's profile or is otherwise outdated. The questions are selected based on a number of factors, such as the need for or value of the information item, probability of a response, or cost of collecting the information item. In presenting the selected question, the social networking system prompts a user for information about the user in a an interface associated with a page from the social networking system, an application external to the social networking system, or using a push notification or prompt. The questions may be formatted in various ways, such as an explicit question, confirmation, a selection of responses, or social context to encourage the user to respond to the question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Lessin, Robert Taaffe Lindsay, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Nicholas Felton
  • Patent number: 9766783
    Abstract: A map interface presents a geographic map with markers identifying geographic locations associated with content items. When the geographic distance between two or more content items is less than a threshold distance, multiple content items are grouped to create an aggregated content item. Based on the geographic locations associated with the grouped content items, a geographic location is associated with the aggregated content item. A single marker identifies the geographic location for the aggregated content item on the geographic map. When a user viewing the map interface accesses the single marker, content selected from the content items combined to generated the aggregated content item is presented as well as the geographic location associated with the aggregated content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Andrew Watson, Jonathan McCord, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Ross David Bayer
  • Publication number: 20170230720
    Abstract: In particular embodiments a social networking system captures data associated with video content provided to a first user of a social-networking system, identifies, using the captured data, the video content provided to the first user, and updates a graph of the social-networking system to associate the first user with the identified video content. The graph of the social-networking system has a plurality of nodes and edges connecting the nodes. The nodes of the graph include user nodes that are each associated with a particular user of the social-networking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: Ime Archibong, Gregory Joseph Badros, Sean Michael Bruich, Robert Daniel, David Harry Garcia, Brian Krausz, Cameron Alexander Marlow, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Michael John McKenzie Toksvig, Erick Tseng, Yoon Kean Wong
  • Publication number: 20170230700
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, one or more computer systems of a social-networking system determine identities of one or more users in proximity to a display device and query a social graph of the social-networking system for social content associated with the determined identities. The social graph includes nodes and edges connecting the nodes. The nodes include user nodes that are each associated with a particular user of the social-networking system. The one or more computer systems of the social-networking system identify, using the social content, recommended media content for the one or more users in proximity to the display device and provide a playlist for display on the display device. The playlist includes the recommended media content for the one or more users in proximity to the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: Ime Archibong, Gregory Joseph Badros, Colin Cameron Brennan Campbell, David Harry Garcia, Mark Heynen, Brian Krausz, Cameron Alexander Marlow, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Michael John McKenzie Toksvig, Erick Tseng, Yoon Kean Wong
  • Patent number: 9723098
    Abstract: A time a user of a client application is likely to access a preferred network connection is predicted. A pre-download index for one or more multimedia content items is calculated, where the pre-download index represents how likely the user is to interact with the one or more multimedia content items at approximately the predicted time. The indexed multimedia content items are ranked based on the pre-download index of each of the one or more multimedia content items. The ranked multimedia content items are provided to the client application at the predicted time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Shabtai, Justin Alexander Shaffer
  • Patent number: 9691128
    Abstract: A map interface presents a geographic map with markers identifying geographic locations associated with content items. When the geographic distance between two or more content items is less than a threshold distance, multiple content items are grouped to create an aggregated content item. Based on the geographic locations associated with the grouped content items, a geographic location is associated with the aggregated content item. A single marker identifies the geographic location for the aggregated content item on the geographic map. When a user viewing the map interface accesses the single marker, content selected from the content items combined to generated the aggregated content item is presented as well as the geographic location associated with the aggregated content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Andrew Watson, Jonathan McCord, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Ross David Bayer
  • Patent number: 9674304
    Abstract: Techniques for substituting references to content shared within the social networking system. In an embodiment, a first reference to a first version of content is received. A second version of the content is selected based on at least one optimization objective. A second reference to the second version of the content is created for provision to a user of a social networking system. The second reference is provided for the user. The at least one optimization objective includes at least one of a business objective, a technical objective, and a legal objective. The content may include at least one of video and audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Hunt, Justin Alexander Shaffer