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Social Media Dead Man's Brake

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000219396D
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-27
Document File: 1 page(s) / 17K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to introduce the concept of "Dead Man's Brake" to the world of social media. The system allows concerned third parties (e.g., parents, children of elderly, medical institutions, etc.) to be notified of changing patterns of online, computer inactivity of the first party.

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Social Media Dead Man's Brake

Social media is widely used as an enablement tool for people to stay in touch, but it does not provide a means of active monitoring periods of inactivity as a sign of potential trouble.

A number of websites, especially financial and banking, are using inactivity to terminate a session as a security measure. Some social media websites use to actively solicit additional customer traffic. None of the current approaches attempts to notify another party of the inactivity.

Existing mechanical "Dead man's brake" implementations provide a means of disengaging tools and machinery if the operator becomes incapacitated, but they do not introduce the notion of third party notification or an application to a digital environment.


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Software health and wellbeing systems provide heartbeat based monitory facilities to evaluate status of monitored systems, not the condition of individuals. [2]

The proposed idea introduces concept of "Dead Man's Brake" to the world of social media. The system allows concerned third parties (e.g., parents, children of elderly, medical institutions, etc.) to be notified of changing patterns of online, computer inactivity of the first party.

Social Media Dead Man's Brake could be implemented as a server based solution to allow people to create profiles describing typical periods of online usage and inactivity for persons of interest. Based on profile information, email notifications, text messages, posts will be issued...