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Method and apparatus to handle outdated posts in social environments

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236718D
Publication Date: 2014-May-12
Document File: 3 page(s) / 71K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and apparatus that enables a social networking site to detect an old or obsolete post or piece of content. The inventive idea is for the system to have an understanding of the ordering of content; recognize obsolete content, and takes action on said content (e.g., update, annotate, or remove).

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Method and apparatus to handle outdated posts in social environments

Social Network content can become stale and incorrect over time, making it obsolete. Users who do not often check social websites may not be able to clearly distinguish between outdated content and that which is current. People accessing obsolete content can place a user in embarrassing situations or create misunderstanding among fellow followers. Current art sets content to expire in x days or, in some social applications, immediately after the user views it. E-discovery applications do not address the dynamic nature of an evolving social network.

A method is needed to detect stale, obsolete content and make it obvious to the observer or follower that it is outdated or old.

The novel contribution is a method and apparatus that enables a social networking site to detect an old or obsolete post or piece of content. The inventive idea is for the system to have an understanding of the ordering of content; recognize obsolete content, and take action on said content (e.g., update, annotate, or remove). Enabling art for photo recognition analysis and content analysis are used.

The advantage over prior art is that it is not a set period of time that determines

whether the content is removed, but rather the determination of whether an item is obsolete. This determination process is unique in that it is dynamic in response to the person's conditions and knowledge the network has of the user.

For example, if User A is looking at a photograph of User B's baby at age two months, and the social network timeline indicates that the baby was born in 2011, and it is now 2013, then the system might indicate that this photograph is now obsolete. The system can prompt the information owner to: display a current picture of the baby (side-by-side view), not display the picture at all, or annotate the picture to describe or clarify what the picture is showing.

The method and apparatus to handle outdated posts in social environments follows these implementation steps:


1. To determine the correct date (i.e. timeline/ordering of content) the system:

A. Utilizes the timeline of content feed and determine a correct ordering of posts/content

B. Captures date of original posting and analyzes it to determine if the date of the original posting is in fact associated date of content. Photos normally have embedded dates and time stamps when uploaded to networking sites; those timestamp can be used.

C. Analyzes the text in the description of a picture or content to determine whether the content is from the past, in the present, or in the future


D. Analyzes a photograph using facial recognition to detect the ages of

  people in the picture and compares that information to the user's profile content and other pictures
E. Analyzes characteristics the photograph and compares the information

  to a recent photo (e.g., weight of subject in picture, hair color, length of hair, etc.) to help determi...