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Method for tracking URL passing/referencing flow Disclosure Number: IPCOM000189448D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Nov-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Nov-09
Document File: 3 page(s) / 24K

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Disclosed is a report method will report to Uniform Resource Locator (URL) owner how the URL was passed (not clicked) to another party or to some page and the identity which performed the operation.

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Method for tracking URL passing/referencing flow

At the information and Internet age, advanced technologies allow people to easily access and share information through many communication channels such as email, social networking, instant messaging and etc... The evolution of Internet helps connect people to information, resources and to each other globally. However, at times people feel lack of control over the content and don't know how the pages are referenced by others. Applying for a copyright will

protect, but won't help trace references.

people build pages on the social networking sites and are very interested in

knowing how this content is shared by others and would like feedback. The statistics of viewing

pages ( and the Uniform Resource Locator (URL)

referrer report by web log analysis software will certainly help. However all of the prior art only report the page URLs which contain the link URLs when the link is clicked. There is no way for the page owner to trace the flow of how these pages are referenced and used or how these pages are passed around from one person to another person, from one place to another place, and from one group to another group. The page owner will have more and more concerns about privacy. The web log (blog) owner will have the same issues when writing blogs as will a 'What I Know Is' (wiki) author.

Another example,

people want to automatically get updates or follow up about instant

message(s) (IM) sent. An internal client, User 1, encounters some product problems and starts an IM with User 2 about the issues and User 2 mentions his Employee, User 3, can answer the questions. Currently there are no functions or features available in an IM system like *Sametime to update or follow up User 2 automatically about the message between User 1 and User 3. User 2 will not know if User 1 gets help on time unless he checks with User 1 manually.

A new report method will allow the link's owner to capture statistics on its disclosure. It will be invoked when a link such as URL or user identifier (ID) address is included in an IM , electronic mail (eMail), news posting, documents or blog/wiki pages.

The URL with the new proposed report method will report to the URL owner how a URL was

passed (not clicked) to someone or some page and the identity preforming the disclosure.

Adopting the report method would help social networks build information enrichment capabilities by tracing the flow of the URL references. For example, the URL owner will be informed by the report method: User 4 included the URL to Sam's blog article on cold fusion in the physics digest wiki and mailed it to a news distribution list.

With adopting the proposed new report method in IM, User 2 in the above example will get updated automatically about User 1's problem. The scenario will become as the following.

User 2 uses Sametime to send a message to User 1 that Use...