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Auto-streaming of information to microblogging platforms

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000189301D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Nov-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Nov-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The recent uptake of Twitter and similar microblogging platforms has been extraordinary, and subject to support at various levels of IBM's* business. Online presence via such platforms, achieved by regular updates, seems to offer various opportunities, as well as helping consolidate an individual's audience of 'followers' or contacts. However, people can find it hard to remember to update such sites, or to know what might interest their audience. We propose a system to automatically update microblogging platforms based on various sources, including the calendars, IM status and application usage of multiple users.

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Auto-streaming of information to microblogging platforms

The recent uptake of Twitter and similar microblogging platforms has been extraordinary. Online presence via such platforms, achieved by regular updates, seems to offer various opportunities, as well as helping consolidate an individual's audience of 'followers' or contacts. However, people can find it hard to remember to update such sites, or to know what might interest their audience. Proposed herein is a system to automatically update microblogging platforms based on various sources, including the calendars, instant messaging (IM) status and application usage of multiple users.

    By processing calendar and IM status, the system can extract relevant information to send to a microblogging platform. Calendar and IM status integration have already been achieved (see http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7035865.html), enabling IM statuses such as "I am out of the office", "I am in an all-day meeting" or "I am on vacation". Other existing art includes the Jabber-Twitter Bridge (http://en.c-ba.org/

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                -twitter-bridge/), which updates users' Twitter statuses with their Jabber/Google Talk status (and vice versa), also streaming information to these platforms from Google calendar.

We suggest several extensions to this existing material:

    1a) If the user enables a greater level of disclosure, the stream of updates can be made more interesting than "I am in a meeting", including information on the nature of the meetings. For example, "I am in a patent brainstorm" or "I am in a meeting discussing a product"

    1b) The system can integrate information based on multiple users. For example, if Clare and Peter are both system users who have a meeting together, the system will be aware of both of their Twitter accounts. It can therefore update their statuses with, instead of "I'm in a brainstorm" to "I'm in a brainstorm with @Peter" and "I'm in a brainstorm with @ Clare302".
2) The system can construct updates based on which applications have focus for a prolonged period of time. For example, if a document entitled "ABC business plan" has focus for 30 minutes, the application sends an update such as "Michael is working on the ABC business plan" or "Michael is working on ABC documents" Note that these messages can be based on different types of information: the first one can use the document title ("ABC business plan.doc"), the second can use a file hierarchy (the file is in the folder called "ABC documents").
3) A button can be added to application titlebars. On clicking the button an editable 160-character textbox is displayed, enabling the use...