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Method for Community-Empowered Switch Controls

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244027D
Publication Date: 2015-Nov-05
Document File: 3 page(s) / 122K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to grant power to social communities to affect feature enablement for members. The method employs commumity moderators to control the enablement of feature sets.

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Method for Community-Empowered Switch Controls

A move of corporate solutions to cloud-based services often surrenders the control and choice of functional options. Standardization is in the general interest of the hosting vendor. Because of that standardization, there is competitive advantage for the hosting vendor that finds a way to sustain a level of functional disparity and autonomous corporate choice in exactly how a service will work for a given subscribing customer. There is some movement to supply means to provide such disparity; however, a

well-defined packaging to manage the enablement of special processing is lacking.

The rigid standardization in the cloud also excludes third party vendors, while

multi-tenancy makes a large cloud deployment very attractive to such vendors.

Although hosting vendors do sometimes supply plug-ins and open configurations in

which business partners can participate (i.e. "where the action is"), no real interaction is possible with end-user subscribers to build a cloud-based customer base.

Social software has fulfilled the need for people of naturally formed communities to foster interest in subject matter, and gain and express expertise around affinities of many kinds. Within paid subscriber Software as a Service (SAAS) offerings, communities are more business-centric. However, groups have never been empowered to affect the feature set available to members. The availability of plug-in and flexible configurations to deploy third party software points to the need for those third party vendors to have an in-service venue to build a user base. The hosting cloud supplier stands to gain by having business partners supply functionality for a price to both the partners and their customers. Giving community moderators the privileges to switch feature sets on and off is a saleable service in itself, and for those communities it attracts members for entirely new business reasons.

The novel contribution is a method to grant power to social communities to affect feature enablement for members. The hosting vendor decides which features can be toggled, and controls the creation and structure of those communities, which can

involve additional subscription revenues. Moderators are assigned and given a set of features to enable or disable. After that, control over the feature set is surrendered to the communities.

Third party vendors may serve as moderators as well, with control over the subset

customer base. None of the benefits of social software is diminished by the new empowerment; the benefits just take on new context and meaning.

Actions by the Hosting Vendor

The hosting vendor selects a subset of features to allow the prospective community to enable or disable. The vendor also optionally selects how many users to allow to be toggled. The hosting vendor creates a community to control the enablement(s), with:

• Optional subscription costing and limitations for maximum community size
• A single moderato...