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Augmenting a User Profile

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198121D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-26

Publishing Venue

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Abstract

A system, system, method, and computer program product are provided for augmenting a user profile utilizing data collected in association with a social network service profile. In use, a first profile of a user managed by an entity is identified. Additionally, a second profile of the user maintained by a social network service separate from the entity is identified. Further, data associated with the second profile of the user is collected. Moreover, the first profile of the user is augmented utilizing the data.

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SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR AUGMENTING USER PROFILES

Field of the Invention

[0001]           The present invention relates to user profiles, and more particularly to collecting information for storage in user profiles.

Background

[0002]           To date, user profiles managed by entities, such as business entities, have been generated utilizing information associated with the user that is gathered via the internal business processes of the entity.  Accordingly, the information stored in such user profiles has generally been limited to that which is identifiable using the internal business processes of the entity.  As a result, techniques for creating these user profiles have not taken advantage of information available outside of the internal business processes of the entity.

[0003]           There is thus a need for addressing these and/or other issues associated with the prior art.

SUMMARY

[0004]           A system, method, and computer program product are provided for augmenting a user profile utilizing data collected in association with a social network service profile.  In use, a first profile of a user managed by an entity is identified.  Additionally, a second profile of the user maintained by a social network service separate from the entity is identified.  Further, data associated with the second profile of the user is collected.  Moreover, the first profile of the user is augmented utilizing the data.

Brief Description of the Drawings

[0005]           Figure 1 illustrates a network architecture, in accordance with one possible embodiment. 

[0006]           Figure 2 illustrates an exemplary system, in accordance with one embodiment.

[0007]           Figure 3 illustrates a method for augmenting a user profile utilizing data collected in association with a social network service profile, in accordance with another embodiment.

[0008]           Figure 4 illustrates a system for augmenting a user profile utilizing data collected in association with a social network service profile, in accordance with yet another embodiment.

[0009]           Figure 5 illustrates a method for utilizing a user profile augmented with data collected in association with a social network service profile, in accordance with still yet another embodiment.

 


Detailed Description

[0010]           Figure 1 illustrates a network architecture 100, in accordance with one possible embodiment.  As shown, at least one network 102 is provided.  In the context of the present network architecture 100, the network 102 may take any form including, but not limited to a telecommunications network, a local area network (LAN), a wireless network, a wide area network (WAN) such as the Internet, peer-to-peer network, cable network, etc.  While only one network is shown, it should be understood that two or more similar or different networks 102 may be provided. 

[0011]           Coupled to the network 102, either directly or indirectly, is a plurality of devices.  For example, a server computer 104 and an...