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A method of representing feed popularity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000177865D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jan-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jan-07
Document File: 3 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This idea introduces a new "popularity" element into RSS and ATOM type feeds. The popularity element allows any number of popularity metrics to be associated with a given feed item, which in turn allows the feed reader (automatically, or at the discretion of the user) to sort, highlight, or in any way change the standard representation of the feed.

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A method of representing feed popularity

Current feed readers show a list of recently updated items - sourced from a provider, and delivered via RSS, ATOM etc. This idea introduces the ability for feed readers (or other feed consumers) to change the way they display the feed. A typical example of this would be to change its visual representation, for example by making the entry in the feed reader bigger and bolder to indicate its popularity.

    The idea works by introducing a new "popularity" element into the feed XML. The popularity element allows any number of popularity metrics to be associated with a given feed item, which in turn allows the feed reader (automatically, or at the discretion of the user) to sort, highlight, or in any way change the standard representation of the feed.

    A traditional way to measure the popularity of a website is the number of hits it has received - that is, the number of unique visitors who have viewed the page. There are other metrics of popularity however, such as Google's citation algorithm which determines the number of pages which cite a given website, and uses that to determine how popular it is (this technique is particularly difficult to cheat, since it is largely outside the control of the website owner).

    Other more diverse measures of popularity might be used, for example, measuring the number of references to a page in a given social network (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace etc.), potentially making the popularity statistic more relevant to a given user since it is dependent upon the opinions of those people in the same social network.

    Any combination of these popularity metrics can be added to the feed. The following is an example of a feed which contains the new "popularity" element. In this example, a selection of the above examples has been used.

    An Interesting Story Title

    Description of the interesting story.

http://www.website-website.com/feed/story12345.html

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