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Method and System for Providing a Common Incentives Tracker for Multiple On-line Communities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000196278D
Publication Date: 2010-May-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

A method and system for providing a common incentives tracker for multiple online communities is disclosed. The common incentives tracker manages incentives, such as reward points, user ranks, and the like received by a user from multiple online communities or social networks.

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Method and System for Providing a Common Incentives Tracker for Multiple On -line Communities

Disclosed is a method and system for providing a common incentives tracker for tracking incentives received by a user from multiple on-line communities or social networks.

The common incentives tracker may be implemented as a web application running on a web application server. Further, the common incentives tracker may be shared across different software applications, unlike the existing incentives tracking systems that are custom implemented and are specific to a platform to which they are written. This facilitates usage of the common incentives tracker for tracking incentives received by a user from multiple on-line communities that use different platforms.

In accordance with the method and system, a user profile is created for a user. The user profile maintains a status for the user. The status may include information about incentives such as reward points and ranks earned by the user in different on-line communities.

A user earns incentives when the user performs a set of user actions on different on-line communities. The set of user actions are defined by an administrator of each on-line community. The set of user actions that can earn reward points for the user may include for example, posting a blog, rating an item, posting a comment and the like. Further, the administrator may also define number of reward points to be awarded to a user action of the set of user actions. For example, the user may be awarded with 5 reward points for adding a comment to the system for a first time and each subsequent comment added by the user fetches only 1 reward point for the user. Thus, the system may encourage the us...