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Temporal Subscription of Network Connection Based on Pending Events

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238335D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-18
Document File: 3 page(s) / 46K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a method and system that enable a temporary subscription of a network connection based on pending events. When the system detects a pending event, it determines when the event is to occur and the associated time frame, subscribes the attendees/presenters to each other's updates at the start of the time frame, and then removes the update stream when the associated time frame expires.

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Temporal Subscription of Network Connection Based on Pending Events

Online social networks are a universal mechanism to connect people and information in logical and organized ways that enable sharing and processing information between the members. The most common mechanisms of sharing and processing information on online social networks are the wall, activity stream, timeline, or access to profiles. These mechanisms enable a user to rapidly share information with others and gather information from others in the networks.

Businesses are adopting these mechanisms as a means of increasing communication and productivity. In order to be best prepared for the upcoming work/event, for example, users can connect to colleagues, customers, and others in order to gain meaningful information. These connections must be added, removed, and curated in order to get the best results. This task becomes onerous for a businessperson who is constantly meeting, greeting and shaking hands. This approach is suboptimal; if the connections are not kept up to date, then a user might miss important information.

A method is needed through which users are made aware of contextually important

updates.

The novel contribution is a method and system that enables a temporary subscription of a network connection based on pending events. When the system detects a pending event, it determines when the event is to occur and the associated time frame, subscribes the attendees/presenters to each other's updates at the start of the time frame, and then removes the update stream when the associated time frame expires.

Example Scenario

1. Users A, B, C, D, and E are members of an online social network 2. User A connects with User B, User C, and User D 3. User A is not usually connected with User E as professional contact between the two is infrequent 4. User A plans to meet with User E to discuss what User E would like to learn about product XYZ on the following Thursday
5. The system detects an event is scheduled
6. The system determines the subscribe time is set to +/- one day
7. The system determines today is Tuesday
8. The system adds the subscribe time/subscription details for User E/User

A to the queue.

9. 24 hours pass, the system determines the current day is Wednesday
10. The system activates the subscription from User A to User E
11. User E posts "Going to learn more about xyz topic"

12. User A sees User E's post
13. User A meets with User E
14. 24 more hours pass, the system expires the subscription
15. User E posts going to th...