Social Networking Patents (Class 705/319)
  • Patent number: 10218667
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable storage media for providing access to communities of users in an online social network. In some implementations, a server is configured to identify a user identity (ID), received from a computing device, as one of a plurality of first user identities (IDs) of first users belonging to a first community maintained on behalf of a first organization by a social networking system. The computing device can then be provided access to the first community. When a request to access a second community maintained on behalf of a second organization is received from the computing device, the user ID can be identified as one of a plurality of second user IDs of second users belonging to the second community. The computing device can then be provided access to the second community.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Sanjaya Lai, Aditya Kuruganti, Kedar Doshi
  • Patent number: 10210586
    Abstract: In one embodiment, in response to a user's request to upload a photo to a social networking system, a client process accesses information in the user's current location and friends who may be with the user, present the information to the user in a composited posting user interface. After the user confirms a particular current location and a first and second friends who are currently with the user, the client process tags the particular current location and the first and second friends to the photo, and submit to the social networking system a primary posting request in photo upload, and a secondary posting request to check in the user, the first friend and the second friend to the particular current location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Odio, Robert Sean Goodlatte, Justin Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10210519
    Abstract: In one embodiment, accessing information associated with a financial activity conducted by a user who belongs to a social network; determining one or more social connections of the user within the social network; and determining legitimacy of the user using the information in connection with the financial activity based on the one or more social connections of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierpaolo Abbatiello, Koi Kit Loh
  • Patent number: 10198498
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a media guidance application that can automatically, or with little human interaction, identify characteristics of media content (e.g., sub-genres, minor actors, etc.) and generate appropriate tags for that media content. The media guidance application can thus facilitate user searches based on specific and narrowly tailored search terms (e.g., sub-genres, minor actors, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Sashikumar Venkataraman, Vineet Agarwal, Ahmed Nizam Mohaideen P
  • Patent number: 10200316
    Abstract: Interactions based on Instant Messaging (IM) are provided, where an IM client of a user terminal device is configured with a microblog entrance related to IM tips, the IM client obtains IM tips data from an IM server, invokes the microblog entrance in response to an operation instruction of a user, obtains from a microblog server microblog data associated to the IM tips data, generates a microblog box and presents the microblog data on the microblog box. The methods can improve efficiencies of interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventor: Jun Lan
  • Patent number: 10198739
    Abstract: Systems and methods configured to award achievement designations to users connected by a network are described, wherein users are automatically granted these achievement designations based on their user profiles and activity. An achievement creation module formulates a plurality of achievement designations based on predefined criteria and a user profile creation/retrieval module obtains one or more user profiles for users of the network. A user activity determination module is configured to determine user activities relating to the one or more user profiles and an achievement designation module awards an appropriate one of the plurality of achievement designations to a particular user based on the particular user's activities. A notification module is configured to notify the one or more user profiles of the achievement designations and a user interface module of the system is configured to provide the achievement designations to a user interface associated with the users for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Orkut Buyukkokten
  • Patent number: 10198482
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a user of a social networking system requests to look up an address book maintained by the social networking system. The social networking system improves the look up search results by ranking one or more contacts in the address book based on social graph, social relationship and communication history information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Erick Tseng
  • Patent number: 10198505
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, methods, and computer program products that may be used to provide crowd-based scores for experiences, which are computed based on measurements of affective response of multiple users who had the experiences. The measurements of affective response may be collected using a wide array of sensors that measure physiological signals and/or behavioral cues. Additionally, the scores may be personalized for a certain user based on similarities between a profile of the certain user and profiles of the multiple users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Affectomatics Ltd.
    Inventors: Ari M Frank, Gil Thieberger
  • Patent number: 10187388
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a process that includes receiving first input defining a relationship between first and second entities, generating a first rule based on the first input, wherein the first rule determines accessibility of a networked service, and associating the first rule with the relationship. The first rule modifies settings of a service management infrastructure to effectuate the first rule in accordance with the relationship, wherein the service management infrastructure provides access to the networked service based on the accessibility. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert M. Higgins, Julio Cartaya, Steven A. Siegel
  • Patent number: 10182029
    Abstract: A method for estimation of information diffusion route on computer mediated communication network. The method includes: generating, by a computing device, a user collection that includes an original user posting original information and one or more users forwarding the original information through the communication network; obtaining a network of users registered by a first user of the one or more users forwarding the original information; selecting one or more candidates potentially referred by the first user from the network of the users registered by the first user based on the user collection; and rating the one or more candidates based on historical information of the one or more candidates and the first user. The present invention also provides a computer system and computer program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Miki Ishikawa, Akiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10181139
    Abstract: Automated workspace usage management methods and apparatus associate one or more users with membership plans for usage of at least one workspace resource. Workspace usage data is collected from the one or more automated monitoring devices for monitoring workspace resource usage by one or more users. The collected workspace usage data is first measured and then compared against the membership plans associated with the users. A billing- and/or reporting-related action is performed, according to the measurement of collected workspace usage data compared against the membership plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: John M Glass, Barbara Sprenger, Alexander Sinishin
  • Patent number: 10178117
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for identifying malicious traffic associated with a website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Lachlan A. Maxwell, Donald J. McQueen
  • Patent number: 10176265
    Abstract: Techniques for designing an awareness engine that organizes and serves popularly discussed and viral online content in response to user search queries. In an aspect, quality online content is identified by analyzing posts by users of a social network over specific time periods. For each item of quality online content identified, a virality score is calculated, and a social signature is constructed. The social signature can be constructed from the content itself, as well as from posts referencing the content. Based on this processing, relevant quality online content having the highest virality scores may be retrieved and served in response to user queries. Further techniques are provided for designing a user interface for the awareness engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Omar Alonso, Jake Hofman, Vasileios Kandylas, Siddhartha Sen, Serge-Eric Tremblay
  • Patent number: 10168866
    Abstract: Online social-interaction systems that provide any of a variety of features that promote positive behaviors, such as social interaction, compassion, support, awareness, and learning. In some embodiments, an online social-interaction system provides multiple private journals that members of the system can selectively share with other members of the social-interaction system. The private journals may be directed to aspects, such as practices, beliefs, tenets, etc., of the corresponding community. In some embodiments, private journals are provided with action-request features and functionalities that allow other members to accept action requests and create followup lists for following up on such requests. In some embodiments, private journals are provided with features that allow members to share helpful resources. In some embodiments, features and functionalities are provided to allow members to participate in meditation sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Ann Marie Wakeen, Catherine E. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10152969
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are example techniques for voice detection by multiple NMDs. An example implementation may involve receiving a set of voice recordings from a set of NMDs, and identifying a subset of voice recordings from which to determine a given voice command. The example implementation may further involve causing the identified subset of voice recordings to be analyzed to determine the given voice command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon Reilly, Gregory Burlingame, Christopher Butts, Romi Kadri, Jonathan P. Lang
  • Patent number: 10152515
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, apparatus, methods, and computer readable media for performing actions in response to information updates provided in an information feed. In one implementation, an information update is selected for comparison with a data record creation rule. The data record creation rule may specify a data record creation operation for creating a data record based the selected information update. The selected information update may be capable of being displayed in an information feed. A determination may be made as to whether the selected information update includes information satisfying a trigger condition associated with the data record creation rule. When the information in the selected information update satisfies the trigger condition, the data record creation operation may be performed to create the data record. The data record creation operation may identify information to include in the data record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Kemp, Carter Thaxton, Christopher De Gour, Kevin Schraith, Andrew Sopko, Nathan Wisman
  • Patent number: 10154043
    Abstract: A social networking system wherein an individual may set up a personal profile to share with a select group of friends and/or family. The system and method of the present invention implements embedded limitations that maintains a core group of contacts specific to the user's profile, thereby promoting more meaningful exchanges without privacy concerns of personal information being viewed by third parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Rosenfield
  • Patent number: 10149137
    Abstract: As disclosed herein a method, executed by a computer, includes monitoring proximate automobiles using a camera, receiving a request to transmit a communication connection request to a selected automobile, and determining observed attributes corresponding to the selected automobile based on images from the camera. The method further includes broadcasting, over a network, the observed attributes to the proximate automobiles, and requesting disclosed attributes and a connection identifier from the proximate automobiles that match the observed attributes, receiving at least one response from the proximate automobiles that match the observed attributes, and determining which response is a best match to the selected automobile. The method further includes transmitting the communication connection request to the selected automobile over the network using the connection identifier corresponding to the best match. A computer program product corresponding to the above method is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shuang Li, Hai Lei Song, Yun Ting Wang, Guang Ming Zhang, Zhao Hui Zhong, Pu Zhu
  • Patent number: 10134002
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing personalized delivery services by a carrier providing a package delivery service. For example, a consignee may indicate a delivery preference to be applied to delivery of a package, such as indicating a specific location where the package is to be left upon delivery, if the consignee is not present to accept the package. In one embodiment, the consignee may be notified by the carrier of the scheduled delivery of the package, and may be linked to the carrier's web site to indicate a delivery preference. Alternatively, the delivery preference may be indicated by the consignee proactively accessing the web site. After conveying a delivery preference, the carrier's systems communicate the delivery preference at the appropriate time to a portable computing device which informs the delivery personnel of the consignee's delivery preference. Other embodiments allow the consignor to indicate delivery preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Klingenberg, Joe Rizzo, Sumeet Pradeep Shroff
  • Patent number: 10135834
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to improving social network applications using the power of the blockchain (or other repository of facts as a service). The embodiments include methods and systems that register users with a social network application coupled to the blockchain, including providing respective user identifiers recorded in the blockchain. The methods and systems, for each user, configure a set of verification parameters enabled to filter the participation of the respective user identifier in operations. The methods and systems initiate, by a querying user, an operation that causes the social network application to: (a) query the blockchain to locate attested-to facts specific to user identifiers of the registered users and (b) filter participation of at least one user identifier in the operation based on the attested-to facts meeting the verification parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Social Patent LLC
    Inventors: Timothy S. Galebach, Jared Bowie, Michael Chin, Stephen H. Galebach
  • Patent number: 10127598
    Abstract: This document describes a method and system for recommending items, such as beverages, that members of a group are likely to find appealing. When group members are identified, the system may identify one or more preference models for each member. Each preference model represents a pattern of dependency between characteristics of items that the member has rated and the member's ratings for those items. The system may develop a group preference profile by merging the patterns of dependency for each of the members into a group preference model. Then, when it receives a request for a recommendation for an item, the system uses the group preference profile to select, from a database, a candidate item having characteristics which are likely to appeal to many or all members of the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: RingIT, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Dillon, Pamela Dillon, Andrew Sussman
  • Patent number: 10120932
    Abstract: The collection of social data from social networking services for moderation purposes is improved by analyzing social mentions captured using an initial set of capture rules. The text and/or metadata of social mentions previously captured using an initial rule set of capture rules may be analyzed to identify common text and/or common metadata amongst those social mentions. A new rule set may be generated with capture rules having criteria selected based on the identified common text and/or common metadata. The new rule set may then be applied to capture new social data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Cory William Aitchison, Mark Lanett, Paul Jones
  • Patent number: 10122805
    Abstract: Provided are techniques for identification of collaborating entities. It is determined whether a first entity is associated with a second entity on at least a certain number of occasions over a certain first time interval. In response to a positive determination, a first instance of affinity is found between the first entity and the second entity. A collaboration is identified based on the first instance of affinity and one or more second instances of affinity found within one or more certain portions of a second time interval. The collaboration of the first entity and the second entity is reported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Kirk J. Krauss
  • Patent number: 10110546
    Abstract: A social networking system receives from a member an item for sharing on the social networking system. The system determines whether the item for sharing is a first sharing for the member or whether the member has not shared an item for a time period that transgresses a threshold. When the item for sharing is a first sharing or a sharing that transgresses the threshold, the system marks the item for a promotion in a feed of another member of the social networking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Bee-Chung Chen, Guangde Chen, Deepak Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10108940
    Abstract: Systems and methods which utilize one or more social networking systems when creating, funding, and/or notifying a party of a transaction are provided. In accordance with one aspect, a money transfer transaction may be staged by a user whereupon a link corresponding to the staged transaction may be posted to one or more social networking services in order to allow for multiple users to access and fund the staged transaction. Additionally, in some aspects a user of a social networking service may generate a comment or post which then automatically triggers the staging of a money transfer transaction. Moreover, social networking services may be utilized to provide various notifications regarding money transfer transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Moneygram International, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Kosloski, Thadd Rae Tokerud, Khaled Adel Sioufi, Chelsea Adina Lish, Brinkley Brown Eiting, Eric M. Garza, Sarah Elizabeth Bradbury
  • Patent number: 10102395
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating users to create multi-faceted social media objects (e.g., text, images, videos, etc.) with one public facing front side and multiple secondary facets that have optional privacy controls are provided. Users can scroll down a feed and perform gestures on each social media object to transition them to flipsides to view optionally private content in an intuitive manner. Graphical animations for transitioning from the front side of the social media object to the secondary facets can be simultaneously viewed within the feed interface. This enables a user to create a publicly visible social media object and essentially hide a message on the flipside(s) for selected other users to access. The hidden message may be contextual to the public side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Stephen Hsu, Khanh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10097399
    Abstract: Customized action links may be provided to users to cause performance of computing resource jobs that may include more than one resource operation. For example, resource operations associated with performing a job or action of a distributed system may be determined. One or more instructions may then be formulated for performing at least a subset of the determined resource operations. A link to replay the formulated instructions may then be provided to another system or one or more users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Suvenderan Pillay
  • Patent number: 10097665
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an approach to processing and displaying a social media results list. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention focus on the content author and compute a score for each content author based on one or more conditions. The results list of the social media system is then processed based on the score, referred to as a Profiled Degree of Alignment (PDA) Value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Hladik, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10089668
    Abstract: A system for transferring funds using social network connections. The system sends application programming interface (API) requests to social networks to obtain “friend” information and create accounts into which funds are deposited and which may be retrieved by recipients via hyperlinks in messages provided through social networks. The system may also be used to request funds from social network friends. The system provides benefactor friends fund requests in the form of social network messages, which allow the benefactors to access the system and provide funds to a user via hyperlinks in the messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Dwolla, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin P. Milne
  • Patent number: 10091318
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes one or more computing devices ranking multiple users of a social-networking system based on one or more criteria associated with a spotlight content item, wherein the spotlight content item is associated with a node in a social graph associated with the social-networking system, and wherein at least one of the criteria is based on social-networking information for each of the user, verifying the ranked users, wherein the verifying comprises confirming or eliminating each of the ranked users based on recent interactions by the ranked users with social-networking information corresponding to the node associated with the spotlight content item, and sending a notification about the spotlight content item to each of the confirmed users in accordance with a batching protocol, wherein the batching protocol is determined based at least in part on rankings for each of the confirmed users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kunal Nikhil Modi, John Torres Fremlin, David J. Capra
  • Patent number: 10084741
    Abstract: A system and method for allowing two-way anonymous communication. A message is received by the system, and a unique user ID is created and associated with the sender's contact information. The message if forwarded to the appropriate administrative user, along with the user ID but not the sender's contact information. A response from the administrative user may then be routed back to the sender by matching the user ID associated with the response with the contact information associated with that user ID. Thus, communication with possible without the parties knowing the identity of the other party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Paul J. Langhorst, Paul J. Meiners, Joe H. Moore, Joseph R Palacios, Kyle R Palacios
  • Patent number: 10079792
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for assisting a user in selecting a desired hashtag. The text of a message that is composed by a user is parsed to determine the topic of interest, the sentiment of the message and the target audience. The historical and current communications for the target audience are evaluated to identify hashtags that are trending on the topic of the composed message. Furthermore, the historical and current communications for the target audience are evaluated to identify hashtags that match the desired sentiment of the composed message. The propagation speeds of the identified hashtags will then be identified. A recommended hashtag is then generated to be populated in the composed message that will increase a propagation speed of the composed message and/or emphasize the sentiment of the composed message based on these evaluations and the propagation speeds of the hashtags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kelley L. Anders, Trudy L. Hewitt, Alireza Pourshahid
  • Patent number: 10068280
    Abstract: A system architecture of a gift transaction system is disclosed. The gift transaction system can include a buyer interface module, a recipient interface module, a merchant backend interface module, a store front interface module, a curation module, a reminder module, an analytics module, or a media plug-in interface module. A method of operating the gift transaction system under the system architecture includes: providing an embedded widget on a website to determine gift intent to initiate a gift transaction by a buyer account for a recipient account; generating a gift buyer interface for a first client device to personalize a gift package including a gift item; generating a gift recipient interface for a second client device to customize the gift package; and communicating with a merchant backend system to complete the gift transaction to ship the gift package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Loop Commerce, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Erez, Alex Sirota
  • Patent number: 10063507
    Abstract: A collaboration system provides a combination of technical features to address complex collaboration between geographically distributed teams. The collaboration system implements follow and notify functionality, monitor and engage functionality, and capture functionality. The collaboration system may, for instance, tailor data flows and notifications of significant workflow events via a dynamically tuned subscription model. The system may also create a digital collaboration workspace supported by automation and machine learning functionality. In addition, the system may create documentation of collaboration with automatic recommendation of metadata tags to support search and cataloging of the documentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Alex Kass, Gurdeep Virdi, David Q. Sun, David Morse
  • Patent number: 10062413
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method includes (i) accessing, by a computing system, data associated with a program schedule for a video program; (ii) based on the accessed data, selecting, by the computing system, a social media (SM) content item; (iii) providing, by the computing system, a user interface that (i) outputs the selected SM content item, and facilitates modifying the program schedule such that the program schedule refers to the selected SM content item; (iv) based on the modified program schedule, generating, by the computing system, video content that includes the selected SM content item; and (v) transmitting, by the computing system, to another computing system, the generated video content for presentation of the generated video content on the other computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hank J. Hundemer
  • Patent number: 10057361
    Abstract: Method and device of sharing photos includes: receiving, from a mobile device, a first location of a first photo, a second location of a second photo, and a current location of the mobile device; sending, to the mobile device, a plurality of points of interest selected in accordance with their proximity to the first location, the second location, and the current location, respectively; receiving a first check-in location for the first photo and a second check-in location for the second photo selected from the plurality of points of interest; determining a granularity level at which an encompassing location comprises the first check-in location corresponding to the first photo and the second check-in location corresponding to the second photo; determining the encompassing location; and causing the encompassing location to be shared among users of the social network platform in association with the first photo and the second photo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Ying Qi, Bin Liu, Wei Luo, Beiqi Wu, Pinlin Chen, Runjia Huang, Chao Huang, Wanxiang Huang
  • Patent number: 10051433
    Abstract: A method, system, and/or apparatus for automatically tracking a mobile user using the user's mobile device. This invention is particularly useful in the field of social media, such as for detecting and tracking the location and activity of a user and her community. The method or implementing software application uses or relies upon location information available on the mobile device from any source, such as cell phone usage and/or other device applications. The social media system automatically determines a location type and/or user activity from context information. The context information can include current and past location and user and/or community information, time-dependent information, and third party information. The location activities can be presented to the community using pictograms selected to represent user activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: PUSHD, INC.
    Inventors: Ben Cherry, Abdur Chowdhury, Ophir Frieder, Eric Jensen, Matt Sanford
  • Patent number: 10039504
    Abstract: A method, system, and/or apparatus for automatically monitoring for possible mental or physical health concerns. The method or implementing software application uses or relies upon location information available on the mobile device from any source, such as cell phone usage and/or other device applications. The method and system automatically learns user activity patterns and detects significant deviations therefrom. The deviations are automatically analyzed for known correlations to mental or physical concerns, which can then be automatically communicated to a relevant friend, family member, and/or medical professional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: PUSHD, INC.
    Inventors: Ophir Frieder, Eric Jensen, Abdur Chowdhury, Ben Cherry, Matt Sanford
  • Patent number: 10045152
    Abstract: A method, system, and/or apparatus for automatically tracking a mobile user using the user's mobile device. This invention is particularly useful in the field of social media, such as for detecting and tracking the location and activity of a user and her community. The method or implementing software application uses or relies upon location information available on the mobile device from any source, such as cell phone usage and/or other device applications. The social media system can automatically determine a location type and/or user activity from context information. The context information can include current and past location and user and/or community information, time-dependent information, and third party information. The automated location and context information allows for users to set triggering conditions for other users, such as to provide an alert to one user or more users upon a particular action of the monitored other user being automatically determined by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: PUSHD, INC.
    Inventors: Abdur Chowdhury, Ophir Frieder, Eric Jensen, Ben Cherry, Matt Sanford
  • Patent number: 10042952
    Abstract: A social networking system generates a friendship page that displays social graph data common to two or more social networking system users. A user requests the page by identifying two or more social networking system. The social networking system obtains social graph data common to the identified social networking system users and generates a friendship page containing that social graph data. The obtained social graph data may include interactions between each of the identified user and/or social networking system objects with which each of the identified users has interacted. Examples of the types of social graph data may include photos, videos, communications, content items, events, locations, friends, family members, biographical data, and location data. The friendship page may be displayed to the requesting user in a web browser or in a native application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Kao
  • Patent number: 10037584
    Abstract: Social network behavior data of two network subjects whose social relationship type is required to be determined is obtained. The network social behavior data of the two network subjects to be determined is discretized by a preset manner in such a way that each of the social behavior is discretized into N levels according to a quantity of each social network behavior. A merged probability of each social relationship type to which the two network subjects belong is calculated according to a conditional probability that each level of network social behavior corresponds to each social relationship type. A social relationship type having the largest merged probability is initially determined as a social relationship type of the two network subjects. The present techniques effectively utilized network social behavior data, implement determination of social relationship type, and improve user network experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Huimei He
  • Patent number: 10025835
    Abstract: A social dating system selects matching users for a viewing user based on common interests between the matching user and the viewing user. The social dating system accesses information related to users from a social networking system, indicating relationships between users and social networking objects. The social dating system determines common interests between users by determining a relatedness of social networking objects. The common interests are used to determine compatibility between users and to select matching users. Suggested messages are also selected for the viewing user to initiate a conversation based on common interests. The suggested messages may be based on promotions by an advertiser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: PeerStream, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford Lerner
  • Patent number: 10009377
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a policy acquisition unit configured to acquire a policy on disclosure of information on a target user; a collection unit configured to collect attributes that may be related to the target user from public information disclosed on a network to create an attribute set related to the target user; and a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the attribute set satisfies the policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohichi Kamijoh, Takayuki Osogami
  • Patent number: 10002395
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention comprise systems, computer program products, and methods for an interactive mapping system. The system provides improved tracking and management related to activity resource requirements in a time/geographic locational relationship. The system captures activity information and images and identifies relationship resource requirements for the activity. The system generates an interactive mapping system for user experience augmentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Elizabeth S. Votaw, Laura Corinne Bondesen, Matthew A. Calman, Katherine Dintenfass, Candice Michelle Jones, Charles Karim Aweida, Parker Holt Bossier, Rebecca A. Chen, Nandhita Kumar, Min Zhao
  • Patent number: 10002182
    Abstract: System and method for computerized identification and presentation of semantic themes occurring in a set of electronic documents, comprising performing topic modeling on the set of documents thereby to yield a set of topics and for each topic, a topic-modeling output list of words; and using a processor performing a matching algorithm to match only a subset of each topic-modeling output list of words, to the output list's corresponding topic, such that each word appears in no more than a predetermined number of subsets from among said subsets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT ISRAEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (2002) LTD
    Inventor: Yiftach Ravid
  • Patent number: 9990620
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for facilitating shared mobile payments. According to an embodiment, a user can initiate a purchase using a mobile device. The mobile device can display a total price for the purchase. The first user can cooperate with one or more second users to share the cost of the purchase. The cooperation can be facilitated via the first and second users' mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventor: Sridhar Sivaraman
  • Patent number: 9992287
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes one or more computing devices of a proxy server, in response to receiving a message from a token reader, generating a federated session token in relation to the message and sending a request for federated access to social-networking information of a first user of a social-networking system, where the request contains the federated session token. The method also includes one or more computing devices of the social-networking system, in response to receiving the request for federated access, validating the request based at least in part on one or more configuration settings associated with the first user and establishing a federated access session with the proxy server. The method also includes one or more computing devices of the proxy server, retrieving, by the federated access session, the social-networking information of the first user from the social-networking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Pedram Keyani, George Lee, Joel Benjamin Seligstein
  • Patent number: 9979687
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for executing scripts to provide offline prompts in a social networking application are provided. A social networking application operating on a mobile device in an offline mode receives an input comprising a sequence of characters from a user of the mobile device. The social networking application executes a script that was received by the mobile device while being operated in an online mode. The script analyzes each character of the user input as each character is received by the mobile device, and generates a prioritized list of social network contact identifiers, wherein the prioritized list is a prediction of social network contact identifiers associated with the content of the user input and data associated with the script. The social networking application further causes the prioritized list of social network contact identifiers to be provided to the user in response to the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: Jason Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9959321
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a search request is received from a first user, the request including the first user's location. A set of search results and their corresponding geographic locations are determined in response to the search request. For each search result, a weighted rating value is determined based on user ratings provided by one or more second users, an affiliation coefficient between the first user and each second user providing a user rating, and a proximity coefficient based on the distance between the first user's location and the geographic location of the search result. The search results are ranked by their respective weighted rating values and sent to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Erick Tseng
  • Patent number: 9955002
    Abstract: Methods and systems directed to a social caller ID application that performs a reverse look up on an incoming communication to determine a specific member of a social networking system associated with the incoming communication, and, based on the social relationship between the detected member and the recipient of the communication, display particular information to the recipient. In this manner, a user is provided a caller ID system that leverages information stored remotely on a social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Rose Yao, Brandon Marshall Walkin