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Method for Storing Social Activity Streams Data for Analytics, Query and Attention Management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000203898D
Publication Date: 2011-Feb-08
Document File: 4 page(s) / 63K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method for managing an end user?s social networking streams. The method extends beyond current systems that analyze streams from a single system to address streams coming to a user from multiple systems; it parses and stores the activities and related metadata from events coming from different systems. As output, the invention makes use of the Activity Streams format to provide the user with one unified stream of information.

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Method for Storing Social Activity Streams Data for Analytics , Query and Attention Management

Social networking has become a popular tool in the consumer world. The vital function of those networking sites lies in the activities of the users. At the outset of social networking site development and deployment, there were no standards around how the activities were represented; each of the existing social networking sites has evolved with its own standards. Very soon they have realized that common standards and contributions from all the players is a good forward-moving approach, and describing common specifications and application programming interfaces (APIs) has become a requirement.

As a result, OpenSocial* specifications have been developed. OpenSocial addresses the common Activities feed format, but there is another open standard specification, called Activity Streams, that is more widely adopted by some leading social networking websites. There are efforts to merge the Activity Streams format into OpenSocial.

As social networking makes its entry into the enterprise world, these standards become all the more important. Enterprise extensions to activities are not only updates coming from networked friends, but also from several other events that are related to the user. Some of the samples could be emails, files, community updates, group discussions, work flow related activities, external social networking site updates; all that relates to the user. All this put together the whole attention management suite that users see in some of the offerings presented by real-time communication/authoring/social networking applications.

The Activity Streams format is used to represent events coming from any system. On the front-end there is one unified stream that relates to the user.

This invention describes the method for parsing and storing the activities and related metadata from events coming from different systems.

Relevant prior art includes:
• Metadata for searching within first degree contacts. [1] Describes more about reading friends and contacts from social networking database to retrieve other related content.

• Social networking and E-commerce integration. [2] Talks about storing user generated data from social networking and e-commerce systems. It is unclear in what form user generates data. Presenting the data back to the user is the key, and presentation may in turn use other form of representation or used for other analytics. The invention herein described addresses those concerns.

• Enhancing media system metadata. [3] Based on the metadata described on the media, retrieves other metadata from the network. This sounds more like metadata server. The disclosed invention stores the social data itself along with associated metadata. The system receives social events from different external systems and the system in context parses that to sepa...