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Method to associate URL with list of users for streamlined follow and synchronization Disclosure Number: IPCOM000232213D
Publication Date: 2013-Oct-27
Document File: 3 page(s) / 24K

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The proposed service generates a unique Uniform Resource Locator (URL) with a customizable name and associates the URL with a list of social network user names. When a user accesses the URL, the user is prompted with the list of associated user names and is able to invite all of the users to various networks or follow all of the users or some combination thereof.

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Method to associate URL with list of users for streamlined follow and synchronization

On Social Networks like Twitter and Connections, it is common to see users recommending a set of people for others to follow or invite to a network. For example, some of the social media gurus use #followfriday tag with a set of twitter or connections handles every Friday asking followers to add the people from this set to a social network. When there is an event of some kind the organizers come up with a list of speakers and recommend others to follow/invite to a social network. However for the people who receive these sort of recommendations, it is time consuming to find each of the people in the recommendation set and add to one's networks. This invention proposes a mechanism to help deal with the problem described above. Mechanisms for people especially in closed/new social networks to rapidly grow social networks to reach a critical mass are explored and this invention plays a key role in building networks.

There are a couple approaches that attempt to solve this problem, but fall short of the solution outlined in this article:

1. Facebook / Google / Twitter Bulk Invitation features

Most social networks have the concept of bulk invitation, where a user can rapidly

invite or add a large group of individuals to the user's network from a single page. However, these bulk invitations do not associate a specific Uniform Resource Locator (URL) to a specific group of social network users. Furthermore, the listing is always tailored to the currently logged in user and is dynamic based on analysis points such as contact list comparison, social network relationships, etc. These are obviously useful features, but a different problem and invention than described.

2. Twitter Lists

From the Twitter description: "A list is a curated group of Twitter users. A user can

create one's own lists or subscribe to lists created by others. Viewing a list timeline will reveal a stream of Tweets from only the users on that list. " While this uses some of the same language as the proposed quick follow service, there are several key differences to the functionality. Twitter lists are designed to show a list-specific social feed that contains content from only those users who are members of the list. In other words it is a content filter. On the other hand, the proposed invention is a method to expedite following a group of users by associating the users with a transferable URL. Additionally, invention spans multiple social networks which is obviously beyond the scope of a Twitter list. Finally, the proposed invention continues to synchronize content of the follower list even after the user visits the quick follow URL, which is also different function that provided by Twitter lists.

The solution involves curators, people who come up with the list of people in a recommendation set, to generate a unique UR...