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Method and Process for Social Network Connection Automation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240392D
Publication Date: 2015-Jan-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 91K

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Abstract

Disclosed are method and process to automate the management of friends/followers/connections in a social network based on a set of rules applied to information gathered over mobile devices.

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Method and Process for Social Network Connection Automation

Social networks involve adding friends/followers/connections when the user starts an account. The connections friends/followers/connections in the user's network have a number of common problems. Friends/followers/connections in a user's network are not people with whom the user frequently communicates. A user often receives an

abundance of information that is not relevant to the user or members of the network group or feed. The user also spends a lot of time and effort on finding new friends/followers/connections, categorizing those people, and deciding whether to accept other friends'/followers'/connections' requests.

The solution is a novel method and process to automate the management (i.e. acceptance, categorization, etc.) of friends/followers/connections in a social network through a set of rules.

When this system is implemented, a user does not have to manually add/remove/modify any friend/follower/connection in a social network. The feed and information shown in a social network are relevant because the friends/followers/connections that post the news feed are relevant to the user, which

means the social network has greater value to the user. The system offers the user the potential to automate the categorization and prioritization of the people in a social network.

The method and process for social network connection automation relies on the following rules to manage friends/followers/connections (in order of importance):

1. Amount and time spent close to one another (physically in real life) = minutes of time spent together in the 4 months * 100

2. Amount of time spent communication via phone calls = minutes of time communicated in the last month * 30

3. Amount of time spent communication via text messaging (online instant messaging) = number of text messages in the last month * 25

4. Amount of other social network connections they share in common = number of other social networks * 5


5. Amount of similarly connected friends = number of common friends * 2

The ranking rules can be rearranged per the user's preferences (but by default would not need modification). The system does no...