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System for Generating Gift Registry Recommendations Based on Social Networks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244141D
Publication Date: 2015-Nov-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 45K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for generating gift registry recommendations based on information gathered through social network connections.

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System for Generating Gift Registry Recommendations Based on Social Networks

In preparation for a celebration of an event such as a wedding, a new baby, or a holiday, people often register for gifts with a retailer so that others know what to purchase. In many instances, if the situation is new to the person registering (e.g., first child), that person might not know what to enter on the registry. It is common for the registrant to consult with family or friends to make a list, or have someone go to the store with them to create the registry. This can be time consuming and overwhelming for all involved. In addition, the selections still might not meet all of the registrant's needs.

A more efficient and effective method is needed to help users register for gifts with a retailer .

The prior art fails to consider how external social network information combined with gift registry data and product reviews can be used to automatically generate recommendations for gift registries, even if the registrant is not aware that an item or items could be added to the registry.

Disclosed is a system for generating gift registry recommendations based on social networks.

With this system, the user selects the type of gift registry (e.g., baby) to create. The user connects to at least one social network (more than one, if needed) and then selects the relevant type of store registry. The system iterates through the user's social network, accessing gift registries of the given type for each of the people in the user's social network. It prompts the user for additional information as necessary (e.g., a spouse's name) to access a given gift registry. The user selects preferences for grouping recommendations by item type, and/or sorting or filtering recommendations based on registry purchase history, product reviews (from social network friends or all users), most registered for, etc. The system presents a list of recommended items to the user that allows the user to easily generate a gift registry based on the recommendations of friends and comprised of gifts friends are likely to purchase. The user does not have to worry about missing a popular item or tediously asking friends for assistance .

To implement the system in a preferred embodiment:


1. Select a type of registry within the system in one of two ways

A. User selects the type of gift registry (e.g., baby)

    B. System uses a default type of gift registry configured by a system administrator 2. (Optional) User selects parameters for the registry search (e.g., network friends, stores, number of guests/purchasers, price ranges, number of gifts in a price range, etc.)

3. User grants the system access to one or more associated social networks

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4. (Optional) User selects search parameters (e.g., all connections, subset of connections, predefined group, system generated set, etc.)

5. System iterates through the connections in the user's social network, accessing gift registries of the give...