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Extract Visuals For Arbitrary URLs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238355D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-19
Document File: 7 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

Visual proxies may represent websites that are recommended to a user. The visual proxies may be generated by downscaling images that are similar to favicons associated with the recommended websites, or by generating generic images based on multiple screenshots of the recommended websites.

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Extract Visuals For Arbitrary URLs

ABSTRACT

Visual proxies may represent websites that are recommended to a user. The visual proxies may be generated by downscaling images that are similar to favicons associated with the recommended websites, or by generating generic images based on multiple screenshots of the recommended websites.

    Websites and other content (which may be identified by Uniform Resource Locators ("URL's") can be suggested to a user (e.g., in direct response to a search query by the user, as part of a targeted advertisement that is served to a user, in response to a prediction about the content the user may want to access, etc.). When recommending websites and/or Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), it may be helpful to have a visual representation, such as a visual proxy, of the recommended websites. The visual proxy may allow the user to quickly recognize the recommended website and/or understand the content of the recommendation. The visual proxy may be an icon associated with the website, or a screenshot showing content of the website.

    A screenshot of the website may be downscaled and used as the visual proxy. However, for some websites, a screenshot of the website rendered by a server may not have access to the user's credentials. A screenshot rendered by a server without credentials may be a homepage of the website rather than content typically seen by the user upon login, such as a newsfeed included in a social networking website. Screenshots rendered by the client and/or browser of the user based on a previous login, on the other hand, may be stale in that they represent a past screenshot with old content.


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    Two improvements are proposed. The first is to generate an image that is similar to a "favicon," or icon that is associated with the website, for use as a visual proxy. The favicon could be upscaled to an appropriate size, or an image that is similar to the favicon could be downscaled to an appropriate size. The second is to generate a generic image that is similar to screenshots generated after login by multiple users.

    FIG. 1 is a diagram of a browser 100 according to an example embodiment. The browser may present a page that recommends websites. The page that recommends websites may present images, which may be considered visual proxies that the user may easily associate with the recommended websites.

    The browser 100 may include a title field 102, which includes the title of the presented webpage. The browser 100 may also have an address field 104, which includes an address, which may be in the form of a URL or an IP address of the webpage. The address field 104 may include the address of a website that recommends other websites. The website may recommend other websites based on a recommendation engine.

    When the browser 100 is recommending websites based on a recommendation engine, the browser 100 may display visual proxies 106A, 106B, 106C, 106D. The visual proxies 106A, 106B, 106C, 106D may...