Facebook Wins Second News Feed Patent

Filed in 2006, patent relates to creating users' personalized stories.

Alison Diana, Contributing Writer

November 5, 2010

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Facebook won approval Tuesday for a second patent related to creating users' personalized story feeds, similar to a news feed patent it received earlier in 2010.

The patent -- dubbed "Generating a feed of stories personalized for members of a social network" -- was filed on Aug. 11, 2006. At the time, Facebook and Microsoft had formed a strategic relationship for banner ad syndication, a Notes application was introduced and the Facebook development platform launched, according to Facebook's official timeline. In December 2006, Facebook reached 12 million active users; today, it has more than 500 million account-holders, according to the company.

Inventors named in the patent, filed by Fenwick & West LLP, include Andrew G. Bosworth, Chris Cox, Ruchi Sanghvi, Thyagarajapuram Ramakrishnan and Adam D’Angelo.

Facebook filed its patent application one month before it debuted the News Feed and Mini-Feed in September 2006, the company's timeline shows. At that time, Facebook said that as the user base grew, Facebook needed a way to organize users' important information, especially if it involved multiple people.

What is claimed is: "A method for generating a personalized story for a viewing user of a social network, comprising: storing actions performed by one or more users of a social network; accessing relationship data for the one or more users, the relationship data specifying relationships between users in the social network; associating at least one action with at least one user to produce consolidated data, wherein the consolidated data for each of a plurality of actions identifies at least an action and a user of the social network who performed the action; identifying one or more elements associated with the consolidated data; aggregating consolidated data having one or more common elements to produce aggregated consolidated data, wherein the aggregated consolidated data identifies at least an action associated with a common element, a user of the social network who performed the action, and one or more other users of the social network who also performed an action associated with the common element; generating a story personalized for the viewing user, wherein the story comprises at least a description of the action, the user who performed the action, and the one or more other users who also performed an action associated with the common element; and sending the story for display to the viewing user," according to the patent filing papers.

In February, Facebook received a patent for "dynamically providing a news feed about a user of a social network." Inventors named on that patent include Mark Zuckerberg, Ruchi Sanghvi, Andrew Bosworth, Chris Cox, Aaron Sittig, Chris Hughes, Katie Geminder and Dan Corson.

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Alison Diana

Contributing Writer

Alison Diana is an experienced technology, business and broadband editor and reporter. She has covered topics from artificial intelligence and smart homes to satellites and fiber optic cable, diversity and bullying in the workplace to measuring ROI and customer experience. An avid reader, swimmer and Yankees fan, Alison lives on Florida's Space Coast with her husband, daughter and two spoiled cats. Follow her on Twitter @Alisoncdiana or connect on LinkedIn.

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