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System and Method for Selective Disclosure of Content in Social Media

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235627D
Publication Date: 2014-Mar-13
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a system and method to allow a user to post information only when it is apparent another user is looking for that information.

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System and Method for Selective Disclosure of Content in Social Media

Sometimes a user may have information that could be useful to others, but is not sure to whom and when the information would be useful. At the same time, the user prefers not to distribute the information freely, such as through social media.

A method is needed by which a user can selectively, anonymously or identifiably, post or display information based on triggers such as other users' posts or search attempts on a topic. A user needs selective disclosure or protected privacy in some conditions, such as when responding to a need for information or when wishing to prevent a high volume of social media posts.

The novel and non-obvious system and method allow a user to post information only when it is apparent another user is looking for that information. This allows users to provide information to social contacts without flooding the user's social wall with posts.

The components and process for implementing this system in a preferred embodiment follow:


1. User posts information with an option to only show under certain conditions

A. May be based on searches on the topic (e.g., a search on a social media site for "buying a house" could engage access to the post on the topic)

B. May be based on other posts that occur (e.g., a user may post the question, "Has anyone bought a house before?")


2. Another user initiates an action that triggers a response


A. Posts on the topic


i. may be determined to...