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Social Networking Friend Recommendations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000152273D
Original Publication Date: 2007-Apr-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2007-Apr-27

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Social networking sites permit users to link their personal profile to the profiles of other users, thereby forming a "friend" relationship. From that friend's profile site, users can browse through their friends to find new friends, and so on. A problem occurs, however, as you get N number of hops away from your own profile, the number of friends that can be evaluated increases dramatically, as it is common for profiles to be associated with 200 or more other friends. This makes browsing for new contacts and friends a never ending task of hunting for new profiles of interest amongst a sea of contacts, thus creating a need for a more robust system.