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Manage "unfriend" situation across multiple social networks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237906D
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 36K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a cross social networks relationships management to automatically manage the relationships between the user and all of his/her contacts across multiple social networks. When there is any change in the relationship between the user and his/her contacts in any of the social networks, the relationship of these two parties in other social networks is automatically adjusted. In addition, the system also adjusts "skip level" relationships between friends of a user and his/her contacts.

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Manage "unfriend" situation across multiple social networks

In social networks, a person can be connected with another in multiple networks. If one person wants to start/end his/her networking with another one, he/she needs to go to each of the networks and manually to connect/disconnect that person. Managing network relationships gets more complicated with friends of friend relationships.

Disclosed is a cross social networks relationships management system to automatically manage the relationships between the user and all of his/her contacts across multiple social networks. When there is any change in the relationship between the user and his/her contacts in any of the social networks, the system will automatically adjust the relationship of these two parties in other social networks. In addition, the system also adjusts friends of friend relationships between friends of a user and his/her contacts.

Setup:
Users have relationships with other users on a multitude of social networking platforms
The relationships are monitored and classified into categories based on frequency of interactions.
The social networks that a user is part of is classified as business/casual based on a semantic analysis of content posted on the website by the user.
Termination/Addition of a new relationship triggers automatic adjustment of other relationships.

Cross social Networks Relationships Management:

Upon addition/deletion of a relationship by User A for User B on one social networking platform, an alert is triggered to prompt the user to see if they (user A and user B) want to extend/ terminate the relationship on other social networks.
The mechanism can also be applied to various friends of friend relationships, eg. recommendations for extending/terminating relationships with User B are passed on to "close" friends of User A. "Close" friends/relationships are determined by the frequency of how two people interact with each other.
Recommendations are made on a proactive basis when user starts a session on a particular social network.
Classification of users relationships and users "use" of a particular social network are further used to draw boundaries for relationship notifications.

Steps:


Step 1: Manage the user's relationships across all social networks where the user is a member of. For example, relationships of Mary can be expressed in the following diagram across multiple social networks.

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