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Current and Complete User Profiles

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239248D
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-23
Document File: 4 page(s) / 61K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for maintaining current and complete user profiles by continuously monitoring email correspondence. The system detects a specific user action or administrator action, and several triggers activate user prompts or further system action to update or add profile information.

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Current and Complete User Profiles

Online social and professional networks are universal mechanisms to connect people and information in logical and organized ways that enable sharing and processing of information between users. Users with poorly defined profiles are often the least discoverable, which minimizes the chances for business success. For example, if a user does not enter a job title or a specialty area, others cannot locate that person for work.

A method is needed to ensure that social and professional network users complete

the user profiles.

The novel contribution is a system for maintaining current and complete user profiles by gathering data from email applications and correspondence. The system detects a specific user action or administrator action, and several triggers activate user prompts or further system action. The system continuously monitors email responses from a user to detect a signature change as well as the addition of a new user. The system prompts the user to respond to an email on a schedule (e.g., once a month). When a user clicks on an email signature, the system launches the user profile.

In addition, the system can passively monitor multimodal communication in order to keep the profile current. It can analyze the text and the images of the signature to capture all useful profile data. The system may prompt the user to send an email (e.g., To, CC, BCC) to other users, in order to populate networks/collaborators.

To implement the system for ensuring current and complete user profiles:

1. System continuously monitors email correspondence and activates upon detection of the following triggers:

A. A signature change in an email response

i. signature change may be done based on a parse of the email contents, and a HASH of the signature, and if the signature changes, then activate the system

ii.when a signature change is detected, the system may automatically update the user's profile

iii. when a signature change is detected, the system may prompt the user to update his profile


B. A new user is added to the system

C. Scheduled (e.g., once a month) automated prompt for a user to respond to an email


D. User clicks on an email signature that launches the user profile


E. A specific user action or administrator action


F. Automated prompt for the user to reply to the email

2. System parses the email signatures using Email Signature Block Analysis 3. System extracts the message data from emails (e.g., Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) data ), social network messages (e.g., activity stream messages ), or instant messages (e.g., chat)

4. System may limit the extraction to portions of the message (e.g., bottom of a section, bottom of a message, first 100 lines, etc.)


5. System parses the signature data (using known technology)

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6. System may analyze the text and the images of the signature to capture all useful profile data (e.g., celebration of service, a computer vision or Optical Ch...