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715 - Data processing: presentation processing of document, operator interface processing, and screen saver display processing

715700000 - OPERATOR INTERFACE (E.G., GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE)

715751000 - Computer supported collaborative work between plural users

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
715757000 Virtual 3D environment 200
715758000 Chat room 120
715756000 Real Time Video 39
715755000 Floor control 6
715754000 Multicursor (e.g., multiple on-screen pointers) 5
20090006983Creating A Session Log For A Computing Device Being Studied For Usability By A Plurality Of Usability Experts - Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for creating a session log for a computing device being studied for usability by a plurality of usability experts that include: displaying, by a usability engine to a plurality of usability experts, a usability observation video of a user interacting with a computing device during a usability session for studying the usability of the device; detecting, by an event listener on the computing device, an event generated as a result of user interaction with the device; notifying, by the event listener, the usability engine of the event; recording, by the usability engine, a description of the event in a session log; receiving, by the usability engine from at least one of the usability experts, usability observations regarding the usability of the device; and recording, by the usability engine, the usability observations in the session log.01-01-2009
20090044133Updating Content Display Based on Cursor Position - A computer-implemented method can include displaying a display region, on a display device associated with a computer system, corresponding to a container at a remote location operatively coupled to the computer system over a network, wherein the container includes at least two content items, dividing the display region into at least two portions, wherein each portion corresponds to one of the at least two items, and upon detecting a positioning of a cursor in a first portion of the at least two portions, transmitting a request to the remote location for a first content item, of the at least two content items, receiving the first content item, and displaying the first content item in the display region.02-12-2009
20110029896SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MULTIPLE COMPUTERS - A system for controlling multiple computers comprising a first host computer coupled to a first keyboard, a first cursor control device and a first display screen with a first display boundary; a second host computer coupled to a second keyboard, a second cursor control device and a second display screen with a second display boundary; and a switching unit having a switch coupled between the first host computer and the second host computer; wherein a pointer controlled by the first cursor control device is located within the first display screen with the first display boundary associated the first host computer; wherein the switching unit detects the first pointer controlled by the first cursor control device moving out of the first display boundary of the first display screen after the switch is activated, the second host computer associated with the second display screen is controlled by the first keyboard and the first cursor control device through the switching unit and the first host computer.02-03-2011
20080209346POINTING-CONTROL SYSTEM FOR MULTIPOINT CONFERENCES - A pointing-control system for multipoint conferences includes a plurality of computers, a gateway, a display, a conference-control module and a pointing-control module. The computers are connected through a wired or wireless network with the gateway. The computer with the highest priority number is defined as the host computer having the right to assign any of the computers to be the report computer. The conference-control module can demonstrate presentation frames of the report computer on the display through the gateway. The pointing-control module is used to capture pointing coordinates of pointing apparatuses of the respective computers, and further to display the pointing coordinates on the presentation frames of the display.08-28-2008
20120278738Interactive and Collaborative Computing Device - Systems and methods are provided for an interactive and collaborative computing device. One example device enables users to establish a communicative link with the interactive and collaborative computing device such that each user may view and share information whether in a local or remote interactive and collaborative environment. The systems and methods described herein further provide a way for users to annotate content displayed on the interactive and collaborative computing device by providing annotative input via another computing device.11-01-2012
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20110191695Screen sharing - A method of transferring image data from a first terminal to a second terminal connected via a communication network, the method comprising: displaying on a screen of the first terminal a screen image generated by a processor executed application; a processor executing a communication client to: establish a communication event between the first and second terminals and display at the first terminal an interactive selection component; a user at the first terminal actuating the selection component to select at least one object displayed on the screen to be shared with the second terminal, wherein the communication client accesses data defining displayed object dimensions and adjusts the selection component based on those dimensions to cause the at least one object selected by the window selection component to be displayed on a screen of the second terminal by transferring image data over the communication network in the established communication event.08-04-2011
20130031489NEWS FEED RANKING MODEL BASED ON SOCIAL INFORMATION OF VIEWER - Machine learning models are used for ranking news feed stories presented to users of a social networking system. The social networking system divides its users into different sets, for example, based on demographic characteristics of the users and generates one model for each set of users. The models are periodically retrained. The news feed ranking model may rank news feeds for a user based on information describing other users connected to the user in the social networking system. Information describing other users connected to the user includes interactions of the other users with objects associated with news feed stories. These interactions include commenting on a news feed story, liking a news feed story, or retrieving information, for example, images, videos associated with a news feed story.01-31-2013
20110202853CONTACT OBJECTS - Communicating with a contact over one of a plurality of communications services accessible via a mobile communications device. Representing a contact's association with each of the communication services by a contact object. Displaying the contact object on a display of the device. Receiving a first input directed to the contact object, and in response, displaying the status of the contact with respect to each of the communications services. For a displayed status indicating “available,” or the equivalent thereof, upon receiving a user second input directed to the status, initiating communication with the contact via the service.08-18-2011
20120246582INTERFACING WITH A SPATIAL VIRTUAL COMMUNICATIONS ENVIRONMENT - In a network communications environment supporting realtime communications between respective network nodes of a user and other communicants in virtual areas associated with respective sets of communicant members, a graphical user interface (GUI) is provided in connection with the user's network node. The GUI includes controls for establishing presence in respective ones of the virtual areas, managing realtime communications with other communicants in respective ones of the virtual areas, and presenting different views of communicants associated with the network communications environment. Based on user input in connection with the GUI, a presence is established for the user in a selected one of the virtual areas, realtime communications are administered between the user and one or more communicants who are present in the selected virtual area, and a visualization that shows graphical representations, locations of presence, and realtime activities of communicants across respective ones of the virtual areas is displayed.09-27-2012
20120246581MECHANISMS TO SHARE OPINIONS ABOUT PRODUCTS - A method includes reading data from a tag of a physical item over a short range communication connection, using the data read from the tag to obtain information associated with the physical item, displaying to a user the obtained information associated with the physical item, receiving from the user a selection that defines a qualitative link between the user and the physical item, and forwarding information about the qualitative link to an external service.09-27-2012
20120246580SOCIAL POLLING - There is disclosed a system and method for social polling. The method comprises accepting input of a poll comprising a query and a plurality of responses to the query and obtaining a listing of contacts from a social network. The method further comprising accepting a selection of a subset of the contacts with whom to share the poll and sharing the poll by transmitting the poll to mobile devices associated with the subset. The method further comprising receiving responses to the poll, the responses input via the mobile devices and aggregating the responses into poll results including a profile of and poll response for each respondent in the subset.09-27-2012
20120246579SOCIAL CHOICE ENGINE - A social choice engine is disclosed for eliciting and receiving responses to questions or issues and ranking the responses using the Borda ranking system. The social choice engine provides a user interface to a survey administrator that allows for the defining of the social choice survey. The social choice engine also provides a pick list of possible participants, where the possible participants are members of an online community. To administer the social choice survey, the social choice engine sends electronic notifications to selected participants. The participants respond to the social choice survey through a user interface that includes interactive features. The results of the social choice survey are then displayed to the survey administrator.09-27-2012
20100077319Presentation Facilitation - Multiple schemes and techniques for facilitating presentations with an interactive application are described. For example, an interactive application provides a console view overlay for integrating multiple productivity applications into a graphical user interface (GUI) window. An interactive application can also share a selected display portion of the console view overlay with other interactive applications. As another example, presenters and other audience members can draw on the selected display portion being shared, and the drawn graphics are synchronously displayed by the other interactive applications. Interactive applications, as directed by their users, can join various member groups and specific presentations thereof. Moreover, a user may share content in accordance with membership grouping.03-25-2010
20100077318MODIFYING ENVIRONMENTAL CHAT DISTANCE BASED ON AMOUNT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHAT IN AN AREA OF A VIRTUAL WORLD - A mechanism for modifying a chat distance associated with an environmental chat based on a determined chat amount within a time window of a predetermined amount of time in an area of a virtual universe associated with the environmental chat. An initial environmental chat distance may be determined based on the determined chat amount within an initial time window in the virtual universe area associated with the environmental chat. The initial environmental chat distance may be modified in response to a change in the chat amount within a subsequent time window. The environmental chat distance may be modified such that the environmental chat distance is inversely proportional to the determined chat amount in the virtual universe area associated with the environmental chat03-25-2010
20130086488SYSTEM FOR FACILITATING IN-PERSON INTERACTION BETWEEN MULTI-USER VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT USERS WHOSE AVATARS HAVE INTERACTED VIRTUALLY - Described is a system for facilitating in-person interaction between multi-user virtual environment (“MMVE”) users. The system facilitates in-person interaction between the users if they have interacted virtually in MMVE via their respective avatars.04-04-2013
20130086489DISPLAYING ESTIMATED SOCIAL INTEREST IN TIME-BASED MEDIA - Social media content items are mapped to relevant time-based media events. These mappings may be used as the basis for multiple applications, such as ranking of search results for time-based media, automatic recommendations for time-based media, prediction of audience interest for media purchasing/planning, and estimating social interest in the time-based media. Social interest in time-based media (e.g., video and audio streams and recordings) segments is estimated through a process of data ingestion and integration. The estimation process determines social interest in specific events represented as segments in time-based media, such as particular plays in a sporting event, scenes in a television show, or advertisements in an advertising block. The resulting estimates of social interest also can be graphically displayed.04-04-2013
20130086487MEETING SYSTEM THAT INTERCONNECTS GROUP AND PERSONAL DEVICES ACROSS A NETWORK - Systems and methods are provided for hosting collaboration between multiple clients. The system includes a network interface able to communicate with clients, and a control unit. The control unit is able to receive a screen capture that represents visual content at a display of a client, to identify multiple clients for receiving the screen capture, and to transmit the screen capture to the multiple clients for presentation at displays of the multiple clients. The control unit is further able to receive instructions in parallel from the multiple clients representing marks made upon the screen capture, and to transmit the instructions in parallel to the multiple clients to apply the marks onto the screen capture as presented at the displays of the multiple clients.04-04-2013
20130080918VOICE ENABLED SOCIAL ARTIFACTS - A user is prompted to select a social site for generating a voice enabled social artifact. A user selection of the social site is received. Responsive to receiving the user selection, information associated with an account of the user on the social site is obtained. The user is prompted to select a social artifact associated with the social site for voice enablement. A user selection of the social artifact is received. The selected social artifact is configured for voice enablement. The selected social artifact is displayed on the social site with an indication that the selected social artifact is voice enabled.03-28-2013
20130080924System and Method for Presenting Calendar Events - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a presence system having a controller to transmit to a calendar system presence information of a subscriber of the presence system for recording said presence information in a calendar event. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-28-2013
20130080926SERVER APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - When an input area corresponding to a first service is displayed by the terminal apparatus, every time a user inputs a character into the input area, character information indicating the input character is received from the terminal apparatus. The character information is stored in a storage means included in a server apparatus different from a server apparatus of the first service and different from a server apparatus of a second service. Request information indicating a request to display an input area corresponding to the second service is received from the terminal apparatus. Instruction information, which indicates an instruction to display the input area corresponding to the request information which includes the character information stored in the storage means as character information indicating one or more characters previously input into the input area displayed by the terminal apparatus on the basis of the instruction information, is transmitted to the terminal apparatus.03-28-2013
20130080925Handheld wireless devices and methods for sharing information among and between individuals and groups - An organizer uses software to define a conference or meeting to take place at a physical meeting location, and to include a list of attendees. The attendees can receive the meeting information, including the location and attendee list, via handheld wireless devices. Also via their handheld wireless devices, the attendees can link to and display pages associated with other attendees, send and receive messages to and from one another, arrange further on-site or offsite meetings, and share various types of personal and business information.03-28-2013
20130080923Portable Multifunction Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Viewing and Managing Electronic Calendars - In accordance with some embodiments, a computer-implemented method is performed at a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display. The touch screen display includes a long axis, a short axis, a portrait view and a landscape view. The computer-implemented method includes executing a calendar application. In response to detecting the portable multifunction device in a first orientation that comprises a substantially vertical orientation of the long axis, a calendar is displayed for a first time period in the portrait view. In response to detecting the portable multifunction device in a second orientation that comprises the substantially vertical orientation of the short axis, a calendar is displayed for a second time period in the landscape view. The second time period is longer than and includes the first time period.03-28-2013
20130080919CENTRAL MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF USER-CONTRIBUTED CONTENT IN A WEB-BASED COLLABORATION ENVIRONMENT AND MANAGEMENT CONSOLE THEREOF - Systems and methods for central management and control of user-contributed content in a web-based collaboration environment are disclosed. In one aspect, embodiments of the present disclosure include a method, which may be implemented on a system, for enabling an administrative user in an enterprise setting to centrally manage and control content provided by other users of the enterprise in a web-based collaboration environment. In one embodiment, a view providing access to an aggregate of the content or a selection thereof provided by the other users is depicted in a user interface for the administrative user to access the web-based collaboration environment. The user interface for the administrative user includes both of a management console to access the content provided by other users and a panel for accessing an account of the user and work items owned by the administrative user.03-28-2013
20130080922User-Specific Event Popularity Map - Information can be provided in a convenient manner to help a user decide what events to attend. The information can include information regarding a popularity of the events. The popularity of the events can be based upon the number of people expected to attend, the number of the user's friends expected to attend, and/or the number of people fitting user-defined criteria who are expected to attend. The events for a user-specified time period can be shown on a map along with information representing the popularity of the events. Thus, the user can choose to attend those events in the user's area which are more popular. The map can be displayed on a user device, such as a cellular telephone. In this manner, the user can more readily attend those particular events which the user is more likely to enjoy.03-28-2013
20130080920SHARING ON-LINE MEDIA EXPERIENCES - A lead user may share an on-line media content experience with one or more followers by identifying content of interest being experienced on the lead user system, identifying one or more followers with whom to share the content of interest, inviting the followers to experience the content of interest, and enabling the followers to access the content of interest.03-28-2013
20130080917Multi-Modality communication modification - Disclosed herein are example embodiments for multi-modality communication modification. By way of example but not limitation, a communication device may interact with a user for a first portion of a communication in a manner corresponding to a first communication modality in accordance with at least one intimacy setting. A communication device may further discern at least one modification to at least one user interaction communication modality of at least one intimacy setting and interact with a user for a second portion of a communication in a manner corresponding to a second communication modality in accordance with the at least one intimacy setting responsive at least partly to the at least one modification.03-28-2013
20130080916METHOD, SYSTEM AND PROCESSOR-READABLE MEDIA FOR BIDIRECTIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AND DATA SHARING BETWEEN WIRELESS HAND HELD DEVICES AND MULTIMEDIA DISPLAY SYSTEMS - Methods, systems and processor-readable media for supporting bidirectional communications and data sharing. One or more wireless hand held devices can be registered with one or more controllers associated with one or more multimedia displays. One or more profile icons can be selected for use as a cursor(s) during interaction of the wireless hand held device(s) with one or more multimedia display(s) during rendering of an event as data on the multimedia display(s). Supplemental data can be provided from the multimedia display(s) and/or a remote database to the wireless hand held device(s) based on a selection of the data rendered on the multimedia display(s) marked by the cursor utilizing the wireless hand held device(s).03-28-2013
20130080921SHARING ON-LINE MEDIA EXPERIENCES - A lead user may share an on-line media content experience with one or more followers by identifying content of interest being experienced on the lead user system, identifying one or more followers with whom to share the content of interest, inviting the followers to experience the content of interest, and enabling the followers to access the content of interest.03-28-2013
20130036370EXCLUSION OF SELECTED DATA FROM ACCESS BY COLLABORATORS - One exemplary aspect is a blackout feature that can be used in connection with touchscreen devices to hide selected data in a shared display environment. An exemplary embodiment may be provided as a service running in the background or on a touchscreen device. A service may pop-up in response to the initiation of a collaboration session or entry of the device into a data transfer or sharing environment to prompt the user as to handle they would like to handle the shared information, e.g., “hide” sensitive information. Another exemplary aspect can display data in a constellation fashion. For example, data included in a file or data set to be shared is displayed by the touchscreen device. The user can then run their finger over the data that the user does not wish to share. The selected data/information can then be prevented from delivery to and/or display on the collaborating device(s).02-07-2013
20130036369SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING EVENT-RELATED INFORMATION - An embodiment of the invention is a method of integrating public and private calendars on a user-specific basis, such that a user is able to view multiple shared calendars created by different users. A system maintains event data relating to a future event, and receives a request to add that event to one of the user's calendars. The system creates a link between that event and the calendar, configuring the link so that updates to the event are automatically reflected on the calendar. It further enables the user to modify attributes associated with the event.02-07-2013
20120266085Guidance System and Method for Identifying a Component of a Complex Product or System - A system for local client stations connected to a web server connecting with a database server enables a local client station to identify a necessity in a complex product or system, such as a detail or a spare part, in a commercially available store or stock storage of an arbitrary location, in order to provide guidance and replacement parts to a user. Any combination of verbal or figurative overview is presented to the user at an overarching structural level from which the user interactively can choose, via an interactive interface and based on memorizable facts, to a next, less over-arching structural level, in at least two steps, until at a level corresponding to a detail level (target level) at which an item sought for is found. Choices can be made based on facts corresponding to the memorizable facts carried along and displayed on the actual detail level.10-18-2012
20090158172System for making recommendations - Systems and methods that permit an Internet user to make recommendations to other user-chosen Internet users. Users of the system described must register and obtain access to an access-controlled participant object. In a preferred embodiment the recommendation may be accompanied by a category designation, to help the automated cataloging of recommendations, and by comments.06-18-2009
20090158170AUTOMATIC PROFILE-BASED AVATAR GENERATION - A system, method and device for providing an avatar for interaction in a virtual environment. A user provides a user identifier and a user profile not associated with an avatar is retrieved based on the user identifier. Avatar characteristics are determined based on the retrieved user profile. The virtual environment is rendered with an avatar based on the determined avatar characteristics. The retrieved user profile may include at least one of a default profile, an advertiser supplied profile, a profile associated with a given user and a profile associated with the virtual environment.06-18-2009
20100107089SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SOCIAL NETWORKING IN A VIRTUAL SPACE - Social networking in a virtual space over a network is facilitated. Subscriber computing devices each operated by a subscriber are associated with a subscriber identifier. Each computing device is connected to the network. A subscriber profile is created in a profile datastore, wherein the subscriber profile comprises information about the subscriber and wherein the subscriber profile is associated with the subscriber's subscriber identifier. Subscriber identifiers associated with subscribers who are logged in to a website are monitored. The website defines a virtual space and the logged-in subscribers are characterized as present in the virtual space. A web page is served to the computing devices of the present subscribers via the network. The web page of a first subscriber comprises a first subscriber icon associated with the first subscriber and subscriber icons of other present subscribers. A determination is made whether the first subscriber profile matches the subscriber profile of one or more of the other present subscribers according to matching criteria. An attribute is assigned to the icons of the other present subscribers that match the profile of the first subscriber according to matching criteria. Selected profile information is provided to the first subscriber of a selected one of any of the other present matching subscribers.04-29-2010
20130042186Real-time web-based debate platform - Real-Time computer-implemented processes, computer-program instructions, hardware and services and features redefining the value of social interaction and free speech debate on the Internet by placing value on every user's voice in a powerful and easy to use social media platform that interacts in real-time with the issues facing our world and of importance to the users themselves.02-14-2013
20120216129METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING AN IMMERSIVE MEETING EXPERIENCE FOR REMOTE MEETING PARTICIPANTS - An immersive meeting capability is depicted and described herein. The immersive meeting capability is configured for improving various aspects of a meeting held between one or more local participants located at a physical location at which the meeting is being held and one or more remote participants remote from the physical location at which the meeting is being held. The immersive meeting capability enables the remote participants to access and/or control one or more devices located at the physical location at which the meeting is being held and/or one or more views associated with the physical location at which the meeting is being held, thereby enabling remote participants to become immersed into the meeting.08-23-2012
20090119602WEB-SCREEN SHARING SYSTEM, WEB-SCREEN SHARING TERMINALS, AND SHARING PROGRAM THEREOF - A Web-screen sharing system including a first and a second terminals, and a mediation server. The system includes: the terminals exchanging addresses through the mediation server; connecting the terminals using the addresses; when the first terminal is connected to any Web server, detecting whether a content in the Web server is security-protected; if protected, performing predetermined authentication processing with the Web server; when the authentication is successful, the Web server transmitting a content following the authentication processing to the first terminal; the first terminal displaying the content as a Web screen, and capturing the Web screen; transmitting an image file of the Web screen to the second terminal to display the screen on the second terminal, if not protected, the first terminal receiving the content from the Web server, and transmitting a URL at that time to the second terminal to display the Web screen.05-07-2009
20090119601DELEGATION OF DATA ENTRY TASKS - To avoid the need for off-line collaboration, a primary user who is attempting to enter data required for computer-based process may, as part of the data entry process, delegate data entry tasks for specific input fields to designated delegate users who are more likely to be knowledgeable about the data to be entered. Data entry operations performed by the primary user are recorded and used to build a transaction model which will enable a server to provide required data input screens to delegate users. Data entered by the delegate users is merged with data entered by the primary user to meet the requirements of the computer-based process.05-07-2009
20090125818SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO CREATE FOLLOW-UP MEETINGS - A system may include reception of an instruction to create a next meeting based on a source meeting, the source meeting associated with a first plurality of meeting particulars, and automatically creation, in response to the instruction, of the next meeting in association with a second plurality of meeting particulars, wherein at least one of the second plurality of meeting particulars provides an indication of the source meeting.05-14-2009
20090125817SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SHARING DATA - A method and computer program product for establishing a trust relationship between a first user of a collaboration platform and at least a second user of the collaboration platform. Information concerning calendar-related events for the at least a second user is automatically forwarded to the first user.05-14-2009
20120166971Social Networking Timeline System And Method - The Social Networking Timeline System allows individual timeline authors to record their life histories via online timelines and to upload, store, and share personal history information to a remote database that records, stores, and parses their timeline data, preferably over the Internet. Authors are able to connect to other authors thus establishing social connections. These connections are characterized upon the historical overlaps between all parties based upon their inputs, including but not limited to where they were, what they were doing, what their physical condition was, who their associates were, what things they affiliated with, what their beliefs were, and what events they were close to (manmade or natural) at particular points in time. Further, the information created is searchable (anonymized or not) and connections may be requested between persons with shared historical characteristics.06-28-2012
20130047097METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR DISPLAYING TAG WORDS FOR SELECTION BY USERS ENGAGED IN SOCIAL TAGGING OF CONTENT - Methods, systems and computer program products for displaying tag words for selection by users engaged in social tagging of content accessible via a communications network, are provided. A tag cloud, tag word inventory curve and slider control are displayed within a graphical user interface. The tag cloud is a visual representation of an inventory of tag words. The tag word inventory curve is a graphical representation of the words in the inventory by frequency of usage by others. The slider control is responsive to user movement, and is movable within a range that spans the length of the tag word inventory curve. Movement of the slider control changes the number of tag words from the inventory displayed in the tag cloud according to frequency of usage by others.02-21-2013
20130047096INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND PROVIDING MEDIUM - The invention enables users to virtually attach information to situations in the real world, and also enables users to quickly and easily find out desired information. An IR sensor receives an IR signal transmitted from an IR beacon, and supplies the received signal to a sub-notebook PC. A CCD video camera takes in a visual ID from an object, and supplies the inputted visual ID to the sub-notebook PC. A user inputs, through a microphone, a voice to be attached to situations in the real world. The sub-notebook PC transmits position data, object data and voice data, which have been supplied to it, to a server through a communication unit. The transmitted data is received by the server via a wireless LAN. The server stores the received voice data in a database in correspondence to the position data and the object data.02-21-2013
20130047095CLOUD DESKTOP SYSTEM WITH MULTI-TOUCH CAPABILITIES - The present invention provides a collaborative tool which is a distributed multi-touch cloud-connected desktop tool comprising a client application and/or webtop with an integrated immersive Natural User Interface adapted for any input device having a touch screen. Thanks to the invention users can access their desktops from everywhere, at anytime and from any capable device, as the desktop is multiplatform and can be accessed from mobile devices, web browsers or from desktops as standalone application without the necessity of a desktop computer. Thanks to the invention, users can share digital content, edit it and interact with it in a cooperative and collaborative manner while still able to individually and independently arrange objects and/or applications in each of the clients for the best convenience of each user.02-21-2013
20130047094Method and system for capturing and sharing expert knowledge and individual preferences via interactive rating cards to derive multidimensional social rating system - A method and system for individuals to capture, store, and organize their knowledge and preferences about goods and services in digital sharable interactive rating cards. The method provides means to capture pictures, video, audio, and text into structured digital rating cards via computers, smart phones, and other digital devices. The method further provides means to create and assign multidimensional rating scales for inputting preference ratings. The multidimensional ratings scales support different input methods based on the device and the underlying scales' attributes. The method further provides means to share the rating cards on social media sites, and to capture all social interactions into secondary aggregated ratings that indicate the overall social assessment of the value of the items displayed in individual rating cards. The system also provides means for advertisers and businesses to place contents and rewards the user.02-21-2013
20130047093DIGITAL WHITEBOARD COLLABORATION APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS - The DIGITAL WHITEBOARD COLLABORATION APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS (“DWC”) transform user multi-element touchscreen gestures via DWC components into updated digital collaboration whiteboard objects. In one embodiment, the DWC obtains user whiteboard input from a client device participating in a digital collaborative whiteboarding session. The DWC parses the user whiteboard input to determine user instructions, and modifies a tile object included in the digital collaborative whiteboarding session according to the determined user instructions. The DWC generates updated client viewport content for the client device. Also, the DWC determines that client viewport content of a second client device should be modified because of modifying the tile object included in the digital whiteboard. The DWC generates updated client viewport content for the second client device after determining that the content of the second client device should be modified, and provides the updated client viewport content to the second client device.02-21-2013
20130047092COMMUNICATION CLIENT AND A METHOD FOR INITIATING A COMMUNICATION SERVICE - The present invention discloses a communication client and a method for initiating a communication service. The communication client comprises a control module and multiple communication plug-ins, wherein each communication plug-in is configured to implement communication functionalities for a service type; and the control module comprises: a requesting module, configured to accept a user operation to generate a communication request corresponding to the operation, wherein the communication request comprises: a target contact and a selected communication service type; a first determination module, configured to determine a communication plug-in which achieves the selected communication service type of communication in the multiple communication plug-ins; and a calling module, configured to call the determined communication plug-in to initiate the selected communication service type of communication toward the target contact. The present invention reduces the operation complexity of the user using various communication services simultaneously and improves user experience.02-21-2013
20090044132RICH CONFERENCE INVITATIONS WITH CONTEXT - Systems and methods that enable conference attendee(s) to invite others to the conference and provide a rich set of contextual information about the conference upfront to the invitee(s). A communicator component enables document related to the conference to be automatically shared and can further supply the name of the document and the location of the document. Hence, an invitee can make an informed decision about joining the conference and evaluate relevance of the conference up front (e.g., prior to joining).02-12-2009
20110004831Filtering Content in a Social Networking Service - A social networking service presents information about the social network using multiple feeds in a user interface and provides mechanisms for filtering the content. A content feed includes the most recent content generated by the user's connections, and a highlights feed displays content based on importance and relevance. A user may add content to the social networking service through a composer interface. A user may also filter either or both of the content feed and the highlights feed using a filtering interface, which allows selective filtering of the feeds using one or more different types of filters, including as filtering by the source of the content, friends or networks, and/or content type.01-06-2011
20100005401GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACES - A system for distributing a new version of a graphical user interface (GUI) to a user is described. The system comprises a central store retaining a GUI representation of a workflow process. A plurality of users, each having access to a version of a previous representation, are located remotely from the central store and related to each other in a user hierarchy below the central store. The system further comprises comparing means for comparing the new version of the representation with a user's previous version of the representation to determine any differences; forwarding means for forwarding those differences to the user associated with that version of the representation for consideration; and reviewing means provided within each previous version of the representation. The reviewing means is arranged to accept or reject the differences and to convey an acceptance or rejection to a higher level within the hierarchy.01-07-2010
20090319919Apparatus and method for dynamically creating a community space in a virtual space - An apparatus and method for dynamically creating a community space in a virtual space. A request for a connection to a personal web space of another user to be visited by a user possessing a personal web space is made. When the connection request is identified, a new community space is generated by connecting the personal web spaces of the users to each other. Immediate interaction between the users is performed in the generated new community space.12-24-2009
20090307609SOCIAL NETWORKING IN A NON-PERSONALIZED ENVIRONMENT - A social networking website allowing users to interact socially without revealing any personal information about themselves. The only information they reveal is about their virtual pets in the virtual website world. Different templates for the personalizable portion of the website can be selected, some of which are restricted.12-10-2009
20090307608INTERACTION BETWEEN REAL-WORLD DIGITAL ENVIRONMENTS AND VIRTUAL WORLDS - In one embodiment, a method for operating a local virtual world proxy is provided. A virtual world view is received corresponding to a virtual world client. Information about resources available to the virtual world client is obtained. Virtual representations of one or more resources available to a virtual world client are fetched. Then the virtual representations are injected into the virtual world view. The virtual world view is then forwarded to the virtual world client for display to a user of the virtual world client.12-10-2009
20090193344COMMUNITY MOOD REPRESENTATION - In one embodiment, a method for determining a community mood can include: receiving a plurality of user inputs for determining individual user moods within a community; aggregating the individual user moods to form an aggregated community mood; selecting a community mood representation corresponding to the aggregated community mood; and displaying the selected community mood representation to the community.07-30-2009
20120192086REAL TIME NOTIFICATION OF ACTIVITIES THAT OCCUR IN A WEB-BASED COLLABORATION ENVIRONMENT - Systems and methods of real time notification of activities that occur in a web-based collaboration environment are disclosed. In one aspect, embodiments of the present disclosure include a method, which may be implemented on a system, for selecting a recipient of a notification an activity according to criteria determined based on a workspace in which the activity was performed in the online collaboration platform and/or sending the notification of the activity to the recipient such that the recipient is notified in real time or near real time to when the activity occurred.07-26-2012
20090094531TELEPHONE CALL AS RENDEZVOUS MECHANISM FOR DATA SHARING BETWEEN USERS - A mechanism for transferring files that leverages the user-friendly process of making a phone call. The phone call provides sufficient context to enable the sharing of data. Conversely, selected data that was previously shared can initiate an alternative means of communication (e.g., a phone call, email, etc.). The mechanism separates data into a separate application from voice, and allows users to continue using the familiar telephone while obtaining all of the benefits that multimodal applications (voice and data) provide. By making a phone call, data sharing capability is activated between the call parties. Moreover, sharing can continue after the call ends. The phone call serves as an introduction mechanism for the sharing services, which are available from then on, regardless of when the phone call finishes.04-09-2009
20130073986Focus Stealing Prevention - One implementation provides monitoring a user's activity within a first window that is visible to the user in a graphical user interface (GUI), receiving notification of an incoming message intended for the user, and, upon receipt, opening a second window that is visible to the user in the GUI, the second window being distinct from any other window currently open in the GUI. When a predetermined condition is satisfied based upon the user's activity being monitored in the first window, the implementation further provides deactivating the first window in the GUI and activating the second window to provide the user with notification of the incoming message.03-21-2013
20130073987ENABLING PROGRAMMING OF RECORDINGS - Enabling a first user to send to a second user a promotional program icon used to enable recording of a program promoted by the icon includes enabling the first user to access a display of content accessible via a network environment. The display of content includes the promotional program icon, and the first user is able to select the promotional program icon and request presentation of the icon to a second user.03-21-2013
20130073988ACQUIRING, RANKING AND DISPLAYING POINTS OF INTEREST FOR USE IN AN AUGMENTED REALITY SERVICE PROVISIONING SYSTEM AND GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR DISPLAYING SUCH RANKED POINTS OF INTEREST - Methods for acquiring, generating and displaying ranked points of interests for use in an augmented reality service provisioning system are described. The method for generating such ranked points of interest comprises: receiving feedback information comprising information on users interactions associated with one or more points of interest displayed as selectable graphical indicators on a screen of a mobile device and assigning popularity scores to points of interests identified in said feedback information on the basis of said user interactions; associating a point of interest in a recording list, comprising points of interests sent to one or more mobile devices in said augmented reality service provisioning system, with a popularity score assigned to points of interests identified in said feedback information; and, storing said point of interest and said popularity score in a points of interest database.03-21-2013
20130073984Displaying Social Networking System User Information Via a Timeline Interface - The invention provides a display interface in a social networking system that enables the presentation of information related to a user in a timeline or map view. The system accesses information about a user of a social networking system, including both data about the user and social network activities related to the user. The system then selects one or more of these pieces of data and/or activities from a certain time period and gathers them into timeline units based on their relatedness and their relevance to users. These timeline units are ranked by relevance to the user, and are used to generate a timeline or map view for the user containing visual representations of the timeline units organized by location or time. The timeline or map view is then provided to other users of the social networking system that wish to view information about the user.03-21-2013
20130073985Displaying Dynamic User Interface Elements in a Social Networking System - The invention provides a display interface in a social networking system that enables the presentation of information related to a user in a timeline or map view. The system accesses information about a user of a social networking system, including both data about the user and social network activities related to the user. The system then selects one or more of these pieces of data and/or activities from a certain time period and gathers them into timeline units based on their relatedness and their relevance to users. These timeline units are ranked by relevance to the user, and are used to generate a timeline or map view for the user containing visual representations of the timeline units organized by location or time. The timeline or map view is then provided to other users of the social networking system that wish to view information about the user.03-21-2013
20130073983INTEGRATING STRUCTURED OBJECTS AND ACTIONS GENERATED ON EXTERNAL SYSTEMS INTO A SOCIAL NETWORKING SYSTEM - A social networking system includes a mechanism for integrating user actions on objects outside of the social networking system in the social graph. For example, streaming music on external systems may be integrated into the user experience on the social networking system. Third-party developers, in addition to administrators of the social networking system, may define objects and actions that enable integration of external music sources to be played and controlled using the social networking system while also providing socially relevant information to other users of the social networking system. Actions and objects recorded from these external user interactions are structured to enable aggregation and structured querying, which enables data visualizations of the information discoverable on the social graph. In this way, interesting information about users' actions outside of the domain of the social networking system may be shared and compared with other users on the social networking system.03-21-2013
20130061152THREE DIMENSIONAL GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE - Graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are disclosed. One GUI includes a 3D object. The 3D object has a plurality of surfaces. The surfaces include one or more surfaces associated with a first user and one or more surfaces associated with a second user. The 3D object is rotatable in order to selectively display at least one of the surfaces. Rotation of the 3D object around a first axis changes the selectively displayed surface between the one or more surfaces associated with the first user and the one or more surfaces associated with the second user. Rotation of the 3D object around a second axis changes the selectively displayed surface between one of the one or more surfaces associated with the first user and another one of the one or more surfaces associated with the first user. The GUI may be implemented on the display screen of a medical device.03-07-2013
20130061156COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR FILTERING INFORMATION UPDATES TO DISPLAY IN A FEED OF AN ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORK - Disclosed are methods, apparatus, systems, and computer readable storage media for filtering information updates to display in a feed of an online social network. A computing device receives one or more parameters. The parameter(s) is applied to to one or more attributes of the information updates. One or more of the information updates is identified as having one or more attributes satisfying the one or more parameters. Data indicating the identified one or more information updates is generated. The generated data is provided to a display device configured to display presentations of the feed in a user interface. The presentations include a first presentation of the feed with the information updates and a second presentation of the feed with only the identified information updates as indicated by the generated data.03-07-2013
20130061155System and Method to Create a Collaborative Workflow Environment - The present invention relates a method, computer system and a computer readable medium for creating a collaborative workflow process in a shared network space wherein the shared space is created by interaction of executable codes in a host and a user application and the shared space is described by a session attribute list; loading a media application with a plurality of tools into one or more user computers; inputting multi type content into the shared space; and displaying the content by computers in one of a synchronous or asynchronous mode; selecting a procedural framework template for the creation of a workflow process; and adding a content process section, a discussion point section, an approval section, a hand-off section; and storing state of the procedural framework.03-07-2013
20130061154All Media Story Telling System And Method - Art all media story-telling system and method are disclosed. The system and method provide any media, integrated story telling, provide content management, distribution and syndication across multiple domains, and provide a relevancy-based match between content and advertising.03-07-2013
20130061153System and Method for Inserting a Control System Into a Conference - A conference, such as an audio or video conference, is controlled by inserting a control sequenced application into a communication stream. A command is received at the control sequenced application from a user interface to control an aspect of the conference. For example, the command may be to mute a participant of the conference. The command is sent to a media server, which implements that command. The control sequenced application is typically inserted in between the media server and a conferencing application. In addition, the control sequenced application can be dynamically inserted into the communication stream.03-07-2013
20090300519CONFERENCE SYSTEM, DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND IMAGE TRANSMISSION PROGRAM EMBODIED ON COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - In order to facilitate understanding of the content of a presentation in a conference, an MFP, in receipt of presentation page information from a PC operated by a presenter, transmits presentation page data specified by the presentation page information among page data for a plurality of pages included in data to PCs operated by the participants, and in receipt of requested page information from a specific participant apparatus among the PCs operated by the participants, transmits requested page data specified by the requested page information to the specific participant apparatus. As to the PC as the specific participant apparatus, upon acceptance of designation of requested page data, it transmits requested page information to the MFP, and in receipt of the requested page data from the MFP, displays an image of the presentation page data and an image of the requested page data simultaneously.12-03-2009
20090271714IDENTIFYING MUTUAL FRIENDS IN ONLINE ENVIRONMENTS - The invention described herein detects an external user entering into a virtual world that includes a virtual area. In turn, the invention described herein identifies a plurality of joined users that joined each virtual area and computes a joined user weighting for each of the plurality of joined users. The joined user weightings include friend of a friend level weightings and commonality weightings. Next, the invention described herein computes a virtual area friendliness level for each of the virtual areas by aggregating each of the joined user weightings for each of the virtual areas, and provides the virtual area friendliness levels to the external user in order for the external user to select the appropriate virtual area.10-29-2009
20090271713DOCUMENT COLLABORATION BY TRANSFORMING AND REFLECTING A DOCUMENT OBJECT MODEL - Technologies are described herein for document collaboration by transforming and reflecting a document object model. A DOM representation of a document to be shared is obtained at a host computer, transformed, and reflected to one or more participant computers. Each of the participant computers receives the DOM representation of the document and renders and displays the DOM representation locally. When the DOM representation is modified, changes to the DOM representation may also be transmitted to the participant computers, rendered, and displayed. Events occurring with respect to the DOM may also be synchronized between the host and participant computers.10-29-2009
20120117489USER-CONFIGURED MANAGEMENT OF IM AVAILABILITY STATUS - A method includes associating a user-defined shortcut command with at least two different user-drafted status responses. In response to a user receiving a first instant message from a first sender at an inopportune time and the user then inputting the user-defined shortcut command, the method includes automatically transmitting a first user-draft status response to the first sender of the first instant message that was received at the inopportune time. In response to the user receiving a second message from a second sender at the inopportune time and the user then inputting the user-defined shortcut command, the method includes automatically transmitting a second user-draft status response to the second sender of the instant message that was received at the inopportune time. A relationship between the first sender and the user is different than a relationship between the second sender and the user.05-10-2012
20120117488DISTRIBUTED AGGREGATED CONTENT GUIDE FOR COLLABORATIVE PLAYBACK SESSION - A system and method are disclosed for enabling a distributed group of users to collaboratively select a media item for a collaborative playback session. In one embodiment, a distributed group of users for a collaborative playback session is formed, where the distributed group of users includes a number of users located at a number of geographically distributed user sites. Each user site includes one or more media controllers having access to media content and one or more renderers that operate to render the media content. A distributed aggregate guide that includes a listing of media content accessible to the media controllers at all of the user sites is generated and utilized by users at the user sites to suggest media items for the collaborative playback session. Based on the suggestions of the users, a media item for the collaborative playback session is selected.05-10-2012
20130067356INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, SERVICE PROVIDING APPARATUS AND METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM - The present invention is related to an information processing system that simultaneously shares content data in private virtual spaces. A home server is arranged at a user's home. A portable user terminal can access the home server and a virtual home DB server supplies the layout information about virtual home to the portable user terminal. An authentication server executes authentication processing on the portable user terminal. An inter-user-terminal communication relay server executes the processing associated with the communication between a plurality of users. A user information holding server stores the personal data of each user and the content data, which are shared with other users. This system thus realizes realtime communication via the Internet.03-14-2013
20110022968SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSITIONING COMMUNICATIONS IN A CONFERENCING ENVIRONMENT - A method is provided in one example embodiment and includes evaluating calendar information in order to identify a first meeting involving an end user and a second meeting involving the end user. The meetings are configured to be provided consecutively in relation to each other and during a designated time period in which both meetings begin. The credential information can be used to enable participation in the first meeting by the end user. The method also includes transitioning the end user from the first meeting to the second meeting without requiring additional credential information to enable participation in the second meeting. In other embodiments, the method includes prompting the end user with information about the second meeting before transitioning the end user from the first meeting to the second meeting. In still other embodiments, the method includes maintaining shared information generated in the first meeting such that the shared information is provided to the end user in the second meeting.01-27-2011
20110022967Context Enhanced Social Network for Meeting Participants - Methods, apparatus, and logic are provided to generate a context enhanced social network (CESN) participant list for meeting participants. One method includes obtaining a list of participants and a meeting context and identifying expert knowledge that is required for the context. Degrees of associations between a first participant and the other participants are calculated based on a level of expert knowledge of the participants. The CESN participant list is generated and displayed for the first meeting participant based on the calculated degrees of associations of the other participants. The method can be repeated such that a unique CESN participant list is generated for each meeting participant based on his perspective in relation to the other meeting participants and based on the current context of the meeting. The CESN participant lists may also be dynamically updated when a change in meeting context is detected.01-27-2011
20120272165PRODUCT DESIGN SYSTEM AND METHOD - Computer-implemented product design creation system and method for quickly developing a product design having desirable component elements. Multiple candidate product designs are simultaneously displayed for review. Controls are provided allowing a reviewer to enter a preference level for individual component elements of each of the displayed designs. A new set of candidate designs is created based on the entered preference levels. The new candidate designs are displayed for further review and further preference level selection.10-25-2012
20090013264Enhanced interactive electronic meeting system - This invention integrates functionality to prior-art meeting system infrastructures that cannot be achieved by existing designs. The system allows for the creation of a meeting enabling multiple end user device combinations of varying compatibility—each device containing multiple different peripherals—to seamlessly two-way communicate and manage incoming and outgoing communications. An advantage is the ability to translate any feed data into a device compatible format. The invention enables end user context-independent subscription to an arbitrary number of data feeds originating from an arbitrary number of connected end users. Finally, the invention defines a meeting replay system using the invention infrastructure that has the ability to record any combinations of data feeds from any combinations of end users and replay any part of the meeting through the same invention-infrastructure. This allows prior meeting replaying through the invention-system, and allows cascading meeting replays ad-infinitum without altering the original meeting.01-08-2009
20090013263METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTING EVENTS TO BE DISPLAYED AT VIRTUAL VENUES AND SOCIAL NETWORKING - A system and method for creating a social entertainment network that allows remote viewers to simulate and participate in the energy and social interaction associated with attendance at a live event. Audio and video content is streamed from events as they occur into virtual venues where people represented by avatars can interact with each other. Users can also establish private virtual venues for viewing live events and/or pre-recorded events.01-08-2009
20090006982COLLABORATIVE GENERATION OF MEETING MINUTES AND AGENDA CONFIRMATION - Members working on the same project can access similar resources at substantially the same time to facilitate active participation in the project. A meeting associated with the project can be given a unique identifier that can allow the project members to access a meeting or other content and view similar documents or other content as it is discussed in the meeting. As information is edited, modified, created, etc. the members can selectively be presented with the information. A common repository can provide the members with an area or platform in which the project material can be accessed, discussed or other functions performed by the project members, allowing for collaboration of the project details.01-01-2009
20130167041POSTING ACTIVITY VISUALIZATION - Method and systems to display posting volumes. An activity package data item containing data items for each of at least one data feed source is received on a device. The device has a user interface that is changeably configurable between one of a locked mode and an unlocked mode, where the locked mode has reduced user input capability. A representation of the posting characterizations is displayed in response to receiving the activity package data item when the user interface is configured into the locked mode.06-27-2013
20130167042WEB-BASED GROUPWARE SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a system and method for providing a communication network. The system comprises a network-connected server having input and access capabilities, a site builder, a transmitter, a communicator, and memory. The site-builder receives instructions input from a first user and creates a dedicated network site based on the received instructions. The transmitter communicates the existence of the dedicated network site to a nominated second user. The communicator provides accesses to the contents of the dedicated network site by the first and second users. The memory stores information input by the first and the second user in the dedicated network site.06-27-2013
20130167043METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PREDICTING MESSAGE RECIPIENTS - A method and communications device is provided for determining a list of possible additional recipients to add to an electronic message that is composed by a user of the communications device for transmission to another communications device. Once the user indicates that there is an additional recipient for the distribution list of the electronic message, the device employs the method to create the list of possible additional recipients. The method may be implemented on a computer program product.06-27-2013
20120240059METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RENEWING SCREEN - A screen update method includes identifying image resource data associated with a first image update event from a basic recording space in case that the first image update event occurs; loading the identified image resource data in a buffer space including a plurality of buffers, in which the image resource data are loaded in rotation on the buffer by a frame, respectively; sequentially determining the image resource data loaded on the buffer for each buffer, rendering the determined image resource data, and generating a first image at a first frame rate; generating a second image associated with a second image update event at a second frame rate in case that the second image update event occurs; compositing the first image with the second image to generate an entire image; and displaying the entire image on a display means.09-20-2012
20110041084Method, System, and Graphical User Interface for Identifying and Communicating with Meeting Spots - One aspect of the invention involves a computer-implemented method in which a server computer sends to a plurality of client devices associated with computer users in an online discussion information corresponding to: a map, an icon for a meeting spot to be overlaid on the map, a plurality of icons representing at least some of the computer users in the online discussion, to be displayed at a same time as the map, and an icon to initiate online communications between a respective client device and a computer associated with the meeting spot. The server receives a request to initiate online communications between the computer associated with the meeting spot and at least one client device in the online discussion; and initiates online communications between the computer associated with the meeting spot and the at least one client device in the online discussion.02-17-2011
20120011453METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND USER TERMINAL - A user terminal displays a field screen on which an avatar corresponding to each following user is disposed. A balloon that indicates that a message has been posted by the corresponding following user is displayed together with the avatar. The message posted by the corresponding following user is displayed when the user has touched the balloon. The user can edit the avatar by touching the avatar.01-12-2012
20120192087METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A VIRTUAL PLAYDATE - The present invention contemplates a variety of methods and systems for providing an interactive event experience with multi-dimensional layers embodied as a virtual playdate or family experience.07-26-2012
20130024785COMMUNICATING BETWEEN A VIRTUAL AREA AND A PHYSICAL SPACE - Apparatus transmits an identifier for association with a virtual area by an administering network service, generates output data from human perceptible stimulus in a physical space, transmits the output data in connection with the virtual area, receives input data associated with the virtual area, and generates human perceptible stimulus in the physical space from the input data. A persistent association is created between the apparatus and a virtual area. A respective presence is established in the virtual area for a communicant operating a client network node connected to the virtual area. A respective connection between each active pair of complementary sources and sinks of the client network node and the apparatus are administered in association with the virtual area. A client network node displays a graphical user interface, establishes the administered connections, and presents interaction controls associated with the object for interacting with communicants in the physical space.01-24-2013
20110283203Systems and methods for shared multimedia experiences in virtual videoconference rooms - A new approach is proposed that contemplates systems and methods to support the operation of a Virtual Media Room or Virtual Meeting Room (VMR), wherein each VMR can accept from a plurality of participants at different geographic locations a variety of video conferencing feeds of audio and video streams from video conference endpoints. The approach provides collaborative viewing of an event through the VMR so that the participants at geographically distributed locations are able to simultaneously participate and share the experience of the event together. An initiating participant of the event sharing is further offered with in-meeting management and control over the content to be shared at the event. A globally distributed infrastructure supports the sharing of the event among the participants at geographically distributed locations through a plurality of MCUs (Multipoint Control Unit), each configured to process the plurality of audio and video streams from the plurality of video conference endpoints in real time.11-17-2011
20100235763COLLABORATIVE HIERARCHICAL DOCUMENT DEVELOPMENT AND REVIEW SYSTEM - A computer software product for allowing simultaneous multi-level collaboration, including in real time between an author and a group of reviewers invited by the author to comment on a document stored in a computer file. The computer software enables each reviewer to view the document and make changes thereto which are stored in a secondary data file without modifying the contents of the original document. The author receives and views the secondary data files from the reviewers and selectively incorporates the changes into the document. Each reviewer may invite an unlimited number of sub-reviewers to review the document, the comments of each sub-reviewer similarly being stored in a secondary data file wherein only the author may edit the document directly.09-16-2010
20110302507SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENABLING USERS TO INTERACT IN A VIRTUAL SPACE - The present invention provides a highly scalable architecture for a three-dimensional graphical, multi-user, interactive virtual world system. In a preferred embodiment a plurality of users interact in the three-dimensional, computer-generated graphical space where each user executes a client process to view a virtual world from the perspective of that user. The virtual world shows avatars representing the other users who are neighbors of the user viewing the virtual word. In order that the view can be updated to reflect the motion of the remote user's avatars, motion information is transmitted to a central server process which provides positions updates to client processes for neighbors of the user at that client process. The client process also uses an environment database to determine which background objects to render as well as to limit the movement of the user's avatar.12-08-2011
20110302508SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENABLING USER COOPERATION IN AN ASYNCHRONOUS VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT - An asynchronous virtual environment may be provided to users in which synchronous, time-sensitive cooperation between the users is enabled in spite of the asynchronous nature of the virtual environment. Synchronous, time-sensitive cooperation between users may have an impact on gaining and/or retaining users in a virtual environment, such as a videogame or virtual space. For example, such cooperation between users may strengthen a sense of group, community, and/or camaraderie between cooperating users.12-08-2011
20090164914METHODS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR CREATING PRESET INSTANT MESSAGE RESPONSES FOR INSTANT MESSAGES RECEIVED AT AN IPTV - Exemplary embodiments relate to methods and computer program products for the presentation and selection of preset instant messaging responses in an IPTV environment. The method comprises respectively associating each of a plurality of predetermined keywords with at least one content-specific reply message, respectively associating each of the plurality of keywords with at least one content-specific graphic icon, and respectively associating each of a plurality of graphic icons with at least one content-specific reply message. The method also comprises receiving an instant message, determining if a predetermined keyword is comprised within the received instant message, and displaying the received instant message. Yet further, the method comprises creating an instant message reply to the received instant message, and transmitting the instant message reply to the remote communication device.06-25-2009
20110289431SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USER POLLING - Exemplary systems and methods for user polling are disclosed. An exemplary method includes a service provider subsystem receiving, from a poll provider subsystem, data representative of a poll comprising at least one poll question, transmitting the poll in a first data format to a plurality of translators for translation and distribution to a plurality of access devices associated with a plurality of users and with a plurality of distinct, heterogeneous media platforms, receiving from the plurality of translators, data representative of one or more responses to the at least one poll question provided by one or more of the plurality of access devices, aggregating the data representative of the one or more responses, generating poll results based on the one or more responses, and transmitting data representative of the poll results to the poll provider subsystem and/or the plurality of access devices. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.11-24-2011
20110289432Community-Based Moderator System for Online Content - A community-based moderation system for online content has a computerized server connected to the Internet network and executing software (SW) from a machine-readable medium, a queuing function of the SW for queuing items for moderation, a recruiting function of the SW for recruiting potential moderators from an online community via the Internet, an interactive interface generated by the SW and displayable on computer appliances of recruited moderators, for displaying items for moderation and controls for carrying out moderation, and a reporting function associated with the interactive display enabling the moderator to report results of moderation.11-24-2011
20110289433Web-Based Interactive Meeting Facility with Recommendations to Users - A computer implemented method for providing recommendations for an in-person meeting group, the method comprising: collecting user information, wherein the user information provides information related to topical interests and location information for at least one of a plurality of users; comparing the user information with a topical listing of in-person meeting groups in the same geographical region as the at least one user, wherein the in-person meeting group is formed and maintained through a web-based meeting facility; and providing an in-person meeting group recommendation to the at least one user based on the comparison.11-24-2011
20130185654SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAPPING RELEVANT PERSONAL CONNECTIONS - The technology disclosed relates to calculating interaction strengths for physical interactions, scheduled physical interactions and wireless interactions between users of online social networks. In particular, it relates to determining direct contact or likely contact between users of online social networks based in part on their mobile communication devices. This determination can be used to score interactions that take place outside the social network for interaction strengths.07-18-2013
20110302506Method for Multi-User Collaboration on Visual Content Based Upon the Exchange of Session Data Objects Including New Parameters - A method and system for coordinating visual content collaboration is disclosed. A collaboration session is first established from a server with a plurality of participant nodes. The visual content is transmitted to each of the participant nodes. A session data object is received by the collaboration server from a first one of the participant nodes, and may include view parameters specific to the display of the visual content thereon. A session record entry is generated from the received session data object, and is then transmitted from the collaboration server to one or more of the participant nodes. The view parameters are then applied to the receiving participant nodes.12-08-2011
20130219300EXPERIENCE AND EMOTION ONLINE COMMUNITY SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system is disclosed for creating, operating and participating in an online community that brings its users together via similar experiences (e.g., chronic illnesses) the users are having in their lives and/or the emotions those users are feeling during those experiences. The method may include receiving pane information, creating a pane including the pane information, wherein a counterpane comprises a plurality of panes, receiving a mood indicator representing a mood associated with the pane, associating the mood indicator with the pane, receiving a request for a requested mood, searching the counterpane for requested panes associated with the requested mood and distinguishing the requested panes.08-22-2013
20130219301RICH PROFILE COMMUNICATION WITH NOTIFICATIONS - A rich communication profile system with notifications. The system is a feedback mechanism that utilizes rich content, e.g., multimedia content, as one or more indicators that represent the status of a remote user. The system includes a state component that receives information relating to state of at least one entity. A notifications component dynamically renders at least one personalized graphical indicia representative of the entity's state. The entity can be a person, group of people, component, place, and object.08-22-2013
20090158173COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM WITH DYNAMIC CALENDAR - The following describes a system and methods that provide integrated web-based graphic user interface to manage communications for a variety of WEB-accessible mobile devices, computers, and other consumer electronic devices. The user interface provides a dynamic calendar. The dynamic calendar has the ability to focus the calendar, adjust the size of the calendar, and determine availability of other system users. In addition, the system may automatically organize events scheduled on the calendar.06-18-2009
20090313555Automatic Friends Selection and Association Based on Events - Method for automatically generating a friend subset from user contacts based on events. Social events data associated with the user are received and the received events data defines a social connection between a contact in a contact list and the user at a future occurrence. Contacts from the user contact list are identified, and each of the identified contacts includes an identity information associated therewith. It is determined whether one of the identified contacts from the contact list is associated with the defined social connection. A friend subset friend contacts is selected when it is determined that the friend contacts are associated with the social connection. The selected friend subset is displayed to the user on a web page. In response to a selection of one of the displayed friend subset from the user, the social events data of the social connection is provided to the user.12-17-2009
20100169794COLLABORATIVE DEVELOPMENT OF VISUALIZATION DASHBOARDS - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for the collaborative development of a visualization dashboard. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for collaboratively developing a visualization dashboard can be provided. The method can include identifying an extended Wiki directive within a Wiki artifact for a visualization dashboard. The method further can include retrieving data referenced by the extended Wiki directive and one or more visual display elements referenced by the extended Wiki directive to visualize portions of the retrieved data. The method yet further can include mapping the visual display elements referenced by the extended Wiki directive to components requisite to programmatically rendering the visual display elements in the visualization dashboard. The method even yet further can include arranging the components in the visualization dashboard and linking the components to the retrieved data. Finally, the method can include displaying the visualization dashboard.07-01-2010
20100169793MESSAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method, computer program product, and computing system for defining text to be included within a first text message. One or more tags are assigned to the first text message. The one or more tags are chosen from a plurality of available tags. The first text message, including the text and the one or more tags, is transmitted to one or more recipients.07-01-2010
20090210802LOCATION INFORMATION IN PRESENCE - Architecture that facilitates the combining and presentation of location information with presence information in a communications system. The location information can be virtual location information published from a location source and/or associated location systems to a presence system. The presence system then makes the virtual location information available to end users as participants to a conferencing session, for example, or as invites to the session. The location information and/or the presence information can be made active (e.g., a hyperlink) such that when selected as presented to a user, automatically joins the user to the session.08-20-2009
20090319914ASSESSING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PARTICIPANTS IN ONLINE COMMUNITY - A relationship between participants in an on-line community, such as a social networking site or on-line marketplace, may be determined based on various facts. The nature of the relationship may be represented in a user interface (UI) by a visual element that shows the extent or depth of the relationship. Facets of the relationship may be used to facilitate interaction between participants (e.g., if two participants both like a particular band, then information relevant to the band may be shown as part of the UI when the participants interact with each other). The nature of the relationship may be determined or characterized based on commonality of activities, commonality of interests, the extent to which the participants have interacted with each other in the past, or other facts.12-24-2009
20090319913MANAGING UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCES VIA CATEGORIES - A conference management system is described for administering large numbers of conferences in an organization. The conference management system receives a hierarchical set of categories from a system administrator and configuration settings for each category. When a user requests to create a new conference, the conference management system creates the conference and assigns the new conference to a category. The conference takes on the settings of the category to which it belongs, which eliminates individual configuration of each conference. Administrators can also delegate authority to manage conferences to others in the organization.12-24-2009
20110197148APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING NETWORK COMMUNITY SERVICE - An apparatus and method for providing a network community service are provided. A user may register his or her networkable device in a server, and may check contexts of acquaintances in real-time through an online personal networking service. Also, the user may be provided with analysis data related to acquaintances in the same circumstances as the user, and contents may be shared between the user and acquaintances by communicably connecting a device of the user to devices of the acquaintances.08-11-2011
20120110475Dynamically Controlling the Process of an Electronic Meeting - A mechanism is provided for dynamically controlling the process of an electronic meeting that includes at least two sub-meetings. A monitoring module monitors the occurrence of a trigger event for triggering switching between different sub-meetings in the process of the electronic meeting. A control module breaks the connection between the attendees of the current sub-meeting and the meeting resources defined in the main meeting room of the electronic meeting in response to monitoring the occurrence of the trigger event by the monitoring module. The control module determines the next sub-meeting of the electronic meeting and its attendees according to the meeting agenda, that specifies the sequence of the sub-meetings constituting the meeting and at least one attendee of each sub-meeting. The control module establishes a connection between the attendees of the next sub-meeting and the meeting resources defined in the main meeting room of the electronic meeting.05-03-2012
20120110472PERSISTING ANNOTATIONS WITHIN A COBROWSING SESSION - A request to navigate to a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) can be received within a cobrowsing session. The cobrowsing session can be associated with a unique session identifier of a cobrowsing application. The cobrowsing application can be part of a collaboration software. An annotation previously associated with the URI from a historic cobrowsing session can be retrieved. Content associated with the URI can be obtained and presented within an interface associated with the cobrowsing session. The annotation can be presented within the content associated with the URI of the interface.05-03-2012
20100122184Method and System for Distributed Computing Interface - A method and system for distributed computing interface are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a computer implemented method comprises accessing a collaborative interface, wherein the collaborative interface comprises persistent shared space, wherein visual representation of the collaborative interface is identical for each client accessing the collaborative interface. In a single action, an object is dragged into the collaborative interface and the object is displayed in real time in the collaborative interface. The object is accessible to other clients in the collaborative interface and the state of the object is continuously synchronized. The object is manipulated in the collaborative interface and other clients accessing the collaborative interface are viewed.05-13-2010
20100299617IDENTITY MANAGEMENT FOR OPEN OVERLAY FOR SOCIAL NETWORKS AND ONLINE SERVICES - Methods and systems can manage the multiple identities used by a user. The user's existing contact lists, website accounts, buddy lists, and the like are analyzed to determine the identities used by the user. A graph is then constructed in order to track and integrate the multiple identities of the user in a social network. The social network graph may then be used by a social network overlay so that the user can share information across their different identities with different users that only know some of the user's multiple identities.11-25-2010
20090094532DYNAMIC MEETING AGENDA GENERATION BASED ON PRESENTER AVAILABILITY - Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to C&S e-meeting scheduling and provide a method, system and computer program product for dynamic agenda updating in a C&S system. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for dynamic agenda updating based upon presenter participation in an e-meeting can be provided. The method can include creating a new e-meeting in a collaborative computing environment for attendees and presenters selected from amongst the attendees. The method also can include generating an invite with an agenda for the new e-meeting including a time block and time slots for presentations by different ones of the presenters. Finally, the method can include dynamically changing a view to the agenda for viewing ones of the attendees to reflect changes in the time slots resulting from replies to the invite received by individual ones of the presenters.04-09-2009
20110209071CUSTOMIZABLE ACTION CARDS FOR NETWORKING SYSTEMS - Networking systems and methods for efficiently facilitating interactions between subscribers using customized action cards are disclosed. A networking system can comprise a communication unit, a customization unit, and an action unit. The communication unit can transmit data embodying communications between a server and a plurality of client computers operated by subscribers of the networking system. The customization unit can enable a current user to categorize other subscribers and to select action indicators associated with an action card template for each subscriber category. The selected action indicators can vary across subscriber categories, resulting in a different action card template for each category. Action cards of other subscribers are displayed to the current user based on their applicable action card templates. When the current user requests performance of an interaction by selecting a first action indicator from a displayed first action card, the action unit can facilitate the requested interaction.08-25-2011
20100083135COLLABORATIVE WEB NAVIGATION USING DOCUMENT OBJECT MODEL (DOM) BASED DOCUMENT REFERENCES - A system for collaborative web browsing is provided comprising: a CPU; a system memory in communication with said CPU; a display medium; and instructions stored in the system memory and executable by the CPU, the instructions comprising: enabling a device to join a collaborative web browsing session; enabling a data navigation module to provide, upon an object appearing upon the display medium being selected by a user, outgoing navigation data that enables a rendering of the object to be distinguished from other objects rendered upon at least one other display medium of at least one other device.04-01-2010
20120131476SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UNMODERATED REMOTE USER TESTING AND CARD SORTING - A system for performing remote usability testing of a website includes a module for generating particular tasks, a module for moderating a session with a number of participants, and a module for receiving usability data. The system further includes a analytics module for analyzing the received usability data. The module for generating the particular tasks includes a research server configured to interface with user experience researchers and storing multiple testing modules for selecting qualified participants from the number of participants and for generating the particular tasks having research metrics associated with a target web site. In an embodiment, the research server randomly assigns one or more of the multiple testing modules to one of the participants. The multiple testing modules may include card sorting studies for optimizing a web site's architecture or layout.05-24-2012
20100083134DELEGATION OF CALENDAR FUNCTIONS - A method for an electronic calendar and scheduling application to form a joined calendar during delegation of scheduling assignments includes: delegating calendar access from a first user to a second user in response to a command from the first user; wherein the first and second user maintain separate personal calendars with calendar entries with corresponding calendar entry identification (CID); generating a joined calendar view with the calendar entries from the second user's separate personal calendar; comparing each of the calendar entries with the first user's calendar entries; wherein in the event an entry from the calendar entries belonging to the first user is not duplicated during the comparing: merging the entry into the joined calendar; wherein in the event an entry from the first user's calendar entries is duplicated during the comparing: notating the duplication in the joined calendar; and displaying the joined calendar to the second user.04-01-2010
20090259947SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING A PLURALITY OF ASSOCIATED ITEMS IN A COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT - A system is described for displaying a plurality of associated items in a collaborative environment. The system may include a memory, an interface, and a processor. The memory may store items, each item associated with another item. The processor may provide the graphical representation of the items to a user where each item is represented by a shape. The processor may receive a request to associate a first metric of the items with a size of each shape and a request to associate a second metric of the items with a color of each shape. The processor may transform the graphical representation such that the size of each shape is based on the value of the first metric of each item, and the color of each shape is based on the value of the second metric of each item. The processor may provide the transformed graphical representation to the user.10-15-2009
20090254841APPARATUS, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR CHARACTERIZING USER-DEFINED AREAS - A method of specifying a boundary for an area is provided, which includes receiving a first input from a first user regarding a first configuration of a boundary of an area. The first input may serve to establish an area of arbitrary and possibly irregular configuration, such as an area that is apolitical or otherwise legally undetermined. A second input may be received from a second user regarding a second boundary configuration. The second input may serve to modify the boundary of an area established by the first input. A particular configuration of the boundary based at least partially on the first and second inputs can then be determined. For example, the particular configuration of the boundary may be determined, in part, by spatially averaging the first and second configurations. In some embodiments, demographic data for an area defined by the particular configuration of the boundary may be compiled.10-08-2009
20090249223ASYNCHRONOUS ONLINE VIEWING PARTY - Various embodiments of systems, methods, computer devices, and computer software for providing an asynchronous online viewing party are provided. One embodiment comprises a system for providing an online viewing party. One such system comprises: a server operatively coupled to a database for supporting the online viewing party, the database comprising: content to be asynchronously provided to participants of the online viewing party; and time-based events provided by one or more of the participants, the time-based events associated with the content and linked to corresponding locations in the content; and a user interface configured to interface with the server, the user interface comprising logic configured to display the content and the time-based events.10-01-2009
20120144318DYNAMIC PROXIMITY BASED TEXT EXCHANGE WITHIN A GROUP SESSION - A text exchange associated with a distance value n can be received. The text exchange can be conveyed by a text exchange application which can be linked to a group session. The group session can comprise of one or more participants each associated with a proximity value m. The text exchange can be a real-time text based communication between one or more computing devices. A participant can be determined to receive the text exchange based on the distance value of the text exchange and the proximity value associated with the participant. The text exchange can be communicated to a computing device utilized by the participant when the proximity value is equivalent to the distance value. The text exchange can be presented in a visually and/or aurally distinct manner within an interface of the text exchange application.06-07-2012
20090276718VIRTUAL WORLD TELEPORTATION - The present invention is directed to teleporting avatars between disparate virtual worlds. A system is disclosed that includes a facility for creating a persona profile for an avatar in a first virtual world when the avatar wants to be teleported out of the first virtual world; a facility for transferring persona profiles to and from a disparate virtual world; and a facility for instantiating an inbound avatar based on a received persona profile. Persona profiles may include, e.g., rendering information, trait information, and inventory information.11-05-2009
20090282348METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENHANCED MANAGEMENT OF MEETING CANCELLATIONS - The illustrative embodiments provide a computer implemented method and computer program product for managing a meeting cancellation. A selection of a meeting entry on a calendar for cancellation is received and a cancellation notification is sent to all invitees of the meeting. The meeting entry is marked as cancelled on each calendar of each invitee. Upon receiving a confirmation of the cancellation notification from an invitee, a percentage of cancellation confirmations received is calculated and the meeting entry is marked with the percentage of cancellation confirmations received.11-12-2009
20090282347INTERLACING RESPONSES WITHIN AN INSTANT MESSAGING SYSTEM - A computer-implemented method of interlacing responses within an instant messaging (IM) system can include, responsive to a request from a user in an IM session, storing an IM message fragment input by the user and associating the IM message fragment with a message selected from an IM session transcript. The method can include recalling the IM message fragment and outputting, at least in part, the IM message fragment in response to the message.11-12-2009
20110271204Location-Aware Conferencing With Graphical Interface for Participant Survey - A method for providing a virtual conference includes obtaining participant location information associated with participant identifiers, establishing an audio conference using the participant identifiers, and executing logic that receives information from a client device coupled to a conferencing system via a network, the conferencing system further executing logic that communicates the information to one or more client devices. A distributed system includes client devices with respective graphical interfaces and a conferencing system coupled to the client devices via a network. The conferencing system includes a first interface, an audio conferencing application, and a survey application. The first interface obtains location information associated with respective participant identifiers. The audio conference application establishes an audio conference using the participant identifiers. The survey application receives information from a client device coupled to the conferencing system via the network and communicates the information to one or more respective client devices, during the audio conference.11-03-2011
20110271206Location-Aware Conferencing With Calendar Functions - A method for providing a virtual conference is described. The method includes: a conferencing system receiving a request to schedule a meeting; the conferencing system displaying a calendar associated with a first conference participant identifier of the virtual conference; and the conferencing system receiving a request to retrieve calendar data associated with one or more second conference participant identifiers of the virtual conference. The conferencing system then receives calendar data through one or more communication channels associated with one or more second conference participant identifiers.11-03-2011
20080215992Method and Apparatus for Hosting Group Response Events - A system for allowing presentation of a Group Response Event (GRE) to a group of participants: the GRE comprising at least a first question and a range of possible answers to the at least a first question; the system comprising a hosting website accessible by at least one web-browser connected to a display, the web-browser and display being viewable by at least a first group of participants at a first location, such that members of said at least a first group of participants can individually respond to said at least a first question by inputting one of said range of possible answers via personal telecommunication devices.09-04-2008
20100299616Collaborative Activities in On-Line Commerce - Computer based systems and methods allow collaborative shopping for and/or designing of (e.g., customization) consumer products, such as articles of footwear, apparel, athletic equipment, etc., by plural users using different computing devices. The users' computing devices may be in communication with one another in various manners, such as over networked connections (e.g., a local area network (LAN), a wide area network (WAN), an internet connection, etc.); via peer-to-peer communications; through a common server or combination of servers that establish a communications link; etc.). The various parties may participate in an on-line or other computer communicative session to create and buy customized products. Additionally, user interfaces for providing these collaborative sessions are described.11-25-2010
20100005400SYSTEM, METHOD, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR IDENTIFYING AND PROVIDING SUGGESTIONS - A system, method, and program product for identifying and providing suggestions includes registering information of a behavior of a user in an environment within a domain. Behavior processes identify the behavior, identify an item associated with the behavior, identify an identity of the user, and store the identified information. Task processes prepare a suggestion list using the information and a stored configuration. A participant account in the environment requests suggestions to serve to the user where the participant account belongs to a participant belonging to a group of affiliated participants. Suggestion processes identify a request item, identify the identity of the user and attributes associated with the request, aggregate suggestions using the stored configuration and a suggestion list set, and record served suggestions. The participant account receives the served suggestions where the participant account can offer the served suggestions on behalf of an affiliated participant.01-07-2010
20120297320INFORMATION MIXER AND SYSTEM CONTROL FOR ATTENTION MANAGEMENT - Systems and methods for controlling various aspects of ensemble experiences and system control for attention management are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for providing attention management for a specific participant in an online ensemble event, may comprise: receiving live stream signals, including audio signals, from each of a plurality of participants; displaying a plurality of objects on the corresponding user device of each specific participant, each of the plurality of objects corresponding to one specific participant; providing options for each specific participant to manipulate sizes of each of the plurality of objects and volume from each of the plurality of participants; providing a customized participation layer/interface to a specific participant to manage how other participants perceive the expression from the specific participant; and providing options for each specific participant to initiate an interaction with any of the plurality of participants.11-22-2012
20120297319Solutions Configurator - A system and method are disclosed for collaboratively configuring an information handling system (IHS). Collaborative IHS configuration operations are initiated by a first user selecting an IHS product to collaboratively configure. The first user selects one of more additional users for collaboration. The current product configuration, along with configuration options for each of the components of the selected IHS product, is then respectively displayed within a user interface (UI) for each of the users. Collaborative product configuration modification operations are then interactively performed by the users. The modified configuration is then saved as a unique configuration of the IHS product.11-22-2012
20120297318Dynamically Loadable Contact Center Bookmarks in Co-Browsing Environments - Methods and systems of co-browsing may provide for establishing a co-browsing session for a local peer device, generating a navigation window associated with the co-browsing session, and loading a set of bookmarks into the navigation window. The bookmarks may also be dynamically updated based on the browsing sequence as well as shared between participants in the co-browsing session.11-22-2012
20080244418DISTRIBUTED MULTI-PARTY SOFTWARE CONSTRUCTION FOR A COLLABORATIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT - The disclosed architecture extends the traditional integrated design environment (IDE) designed for solo development work with features and capabilities that support collaborative distributed work (e.g., distributed pair programming). The architecture provides integrated communication channels that enable the participants to engage in collaborative work. The graphical user interface capabilities are also extended with distributed functionality specific to multi-party (e.g., pair) programming, including, but not limited to manual and/or automatic role control and turn-taking, multiple cursors (destructive and non-destructive), remote highlighting, decaying edit trail, easy access to history of edits, language-independent event model and, view convergence and divergence. The system uses the collaboration and communication patterns and information to identify problems, extract metrics, make recommendations, etc.10-02-2008
20080250336Method and Apparatus for Enhancing Instant Messaging Systems - The present invention provides a method, apparatus, and computer instructions for organizing threads in an instant messaging session. Instant messages are received from a list of contacts. Each of these messages are stored in a set of folders, wherein each folders in the set of folders stores messages for a contact in the number of contacts. Each file is linked for access though a graphical user interface. Message threads are handled by displaying a primary dialog window, wherein the primary dialog window includes an ongoing conversation pane and an outgoing message pane. Responsive to a user input identifying a new thread, a secondary dialog window is displayed, wherein the secondary dialog window includes an ongoing conversation pane and an outgoing message pane. Responses to outgoing messages sent from the outgoing message pane are displayed in the primary dialog window in the ongoing conversation pane in the primary dialog window. Responses to outgoing messages sent from the outgoing message pane in the secondary dialog window are displayed in the ongoing conversation pane in the secondary dialog window, wherein the primary dialog window and the secondary dialog window.10-09-2008
20080250333COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACE - A computer-based system and method for organizing and sharing information in a workspace. The system includes a workspace engine that implements the workspace using projects and associated notecards. A web server provides the projects and notecards to one or more client computers for display. Each notecard contains information related to such things as materials, solutions, advice, contacts and the like, and for this purpose includes restricted, public, and information sections containing different portions of the information. Each project has one or more notecards or other projects associated with it and are used by the system to enable users to collaborate on the project.10-09-2008
20100306670GESTURE-BASED DOCUMENT SHARING MANIPULATION - The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates interacting with data associated with a telepresence session. A telepresence session can be initiated within a communication framework that includes two or more virtually represented users that communicate therein. A portion of data can be virtually represented within the telepresence session in which at least one virtually represented user interacts therewith. A detect component can monitor motions related to at least one virtually represented user to identify a gesture, the gesture involves a virtual interaction with the portion of data within the telepresence session. An interaction component can implement a manipulation to the portion of data virtually represented within the telepresence session based upon the identified gesture.12-02-2010
20090193343METHOD FOR AVOIDING VIRTUAL WORLD FATIGUE BY MAINTAINING AVATAR CHARACTERISTICS IN AN AVATAR WALLET - A method of avoiding virtual world fatigue by generating an active avatar in an avatar wallet. The method includes creating and storing an active avatar in the avatar wallet, selecting target worlds for the active avatar to visit, modifying the initial appearance, the user information, the contact map and the characteristic sharing information of the active avatar in accordance with user preferences with respect to each of the target worlds so as to generate a version of the active avatar for each of the target worlds, and initiating a submission of a version of the active avatar to the corresponding target world such that the version is automatically tailored to allowable avatar properties of the corresponding target world.07-30-2009
20080250334Calendar system - Embodiments describe a method and a system to display a calendar system. The method and system to receive a request to display at least one filtered event in a calendar display interface, wherein the at least one filtered event is filtered from a plurality of categories based on selected criteria, wherein a collection of events is selected from an event database based on the selected criteria, and each collection of events forms a specific subcalendar of a plurality of subcalendar; and to receive a request to display selected ones of the specific subcalendars in the calendar display interface.10-09-2008
20110271211SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAMS FOR CONTROLLING PRESENTATION VIEWS IN AN ONLINE CONFERENCE - Various embodiments of systems, methods, and computer programs are disclosed for controlling presentation views in an online conference. One embodiment is a method for controlling presentation views in an online conference. One such method comprises: a conferencing system establishing an audio conference, via a communication network, between a plurality of participants; the conferencing system configuring a conference user interface to be presented to the plurality of participants via a corresponding client device in communication with the conference system via the communication network, the conference user interface having a participant view in which each of the plurality of participants are identified with a unique participant object having a graphical representation specified by the corresponding participant and a screen sharing view in which content presented in a first screen of a first client device associated with a first participant may be simultaneously presented in a second screen of a second client device associated with a second participant during a screen sharing session; and the conference user interface enabling the participants to selectively display one or more of the participant view and the screen sharing view during the screen sharing session.11-03-2011
20110271209Systems, Methods, and Computer Programs for Providing a Conference User Interface - Various embodiments of systems, methods, and computer programs are disclosed for providing a conference user interface. One embodiment is a method for providing a conference. One such method comprises: a conferencing system establishing an audio conference between a plurality of participants via a communication network; the conferencing system presenting a conference interface to the participants via a graphical user interface and a corresponding client device in communication with the conferencing system via the communication network; and the conference interface displaying a unique participant object identifying each of the plurality of participants in the audio conference according to a graphical representation specified by the corresponding participant.11-03-2011
20080250332SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITE INTERFACE - Computerized methods and systems are provided for enabling electronic introductions of users of an online community. In one embodiment, a user may select a subset of users in his social network via a graphical or web interface to request that they be introduced. These users can be introduced electronically and invited or made to join each other's respective social networks.10-09-2008
20090158171COMPUTER METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CREATING SPONTANEOUS ICEBREAKING ACTIVITIES IN A SHARED SYNCHRONOUS ONLINE ENVIRONMENT USING SOCIAL DATA - A computer method and system familiarizes users in a group in shared synchronous environments. As part of operation of a given shared synchronous online environment, the invention generates an icebreaking activity for a group of users. The generated ice breaking activity has content from at least one data source external to the given online environment. The content may be mined user profiles, images and other user information from other data sources that users provide information to. The invention allows free form conversation among the group of users during participation in the generated ice-breaking activity. Such participation by the users in the generated ice-breaking activity and free form conversation among the users enable users to become familiar with each other's human persona.06-18-2009
20120198357COMPUTERIZED METHOD OF MEDIATING DISPUTED ISSUES - A computerized Internet web server/browser method of mediating disputed issues. Here a semi-anonymous mediation network, optionally linked to a pre-existing social network, containing various members interested in providing disputes to mediate and mediating these disputes, is created. Members may post disputes according to various issue types, have these disputes analyzed and commented on by other members, who will then receive feedback according to the success of their analysis. The system keeps track of member expertise in resolving these disputes, thus determining which members have better track records at resolving various types of problems. The system additionally may contain various analytical and graphical tools to enable members to analyze mediation responses according to the characteristics of the response givers. Members may additionally post general questions to other members and receive responses. Certain data may be shared with advertisers, who may post ads relevant to the disputed issues.08-02-2012
20090063995Real Time Online Interaction Platform - Disclosed herein is a computer implemented method and system for real time online interaction and social consumption of media by multiple users. A virtual interaction platform is provided for use by the users for the real time online interaction. A synchronous media layer is provided on the virtual interaction platform. An interaction layer comprising multiple interaction modes for enabling the users to engage in group interactions is provided on the virtual interaction platform. A reporting, archiving, and analysis layer is provided on the virtual interaction platform. Multimedia content is simulcasted for synchronous viewing by the users using the synchronous media layer. Group interactions among the users are enabled by the interaction layer using multiple interaction modes. A marketing layer is provided on the virtual interaction platform for targeting in-platform advertisements to the users. The simulcasted multimedia content is therefore consumed by the users while interacting using the interaction modes.03-05-2009
20130191762System and Method to Enable Private Conversations Around Content - Methods, system and computer readable medium for allowing a user to participate in an online private conversation for a head content includes detecting a selection of the content published on a website hosted by a host. A conversation interface is provided for initiating a private conversation within a context of the content. A comment related to the content is provided and one or more users are selected, using the conversation interface. The selected users are socially related to the user and are selected from one or more social networking sites. A link to the private conversation for the content is generated and the generated link is forwarded to the selected users in a notification inviting the users to participate in the private conversation. The link provides access to the content and the private conversation initiated for the content at the website.07-25-2013
20110271210Conferencing Application Store - Various embodiments of systems, methods, and computer programs are disclosed for providing a conferencing application store. One embodiment is a method for providing an online conference. One such method comprises: a server establishing an audio conference, via a communication network, with a participant; the server presenting a conference user interface to a computing device associated with the participant, the conference user interface displaying a conferencing application store component for enabling the participant to access a plurality of conferencing applications during the audio conference; the server receiving a selection from the participant of one of the plurality of conferencing applications; and the server providing the selected conferencing application to the participant during the audio conference.11-03-2011
20110271208Location-Aware Conferencing With Entertainment Options - A method for providing a virtual conference is described. The method includes a conferencing system that configures a virtual conference location; the conferencing system playing a personalized sound effect corresponding to generating a graphical representation of a conference participant; and the conferencing system displaying the graphical representation of the conference participant in the virtual conference location. The method further includes the conferencing system displaying a graphical user interface that lists one or more entertainment options and the conferencing system receiving one or more selections from the graphical user interface. The method further includes displaying visuals corresponding to one or more of the selections.11-03-2011
20120036455USER INTERFACES FOR NAVIGATING STRUCTURED CONTENT - User interfaces for navigating structured content. In one example embodiment, a user interface for navigating structured content includes a grid and a plurality of multi-dimensional cells each having a unique position in the grid. Each cell is configured to display only a first dimension of structured content before selection and display one or more additional dimensions of structured content upon selection.02-09-2012
20090164916METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CREATING MIXED WORLD THAT REFLECTS REAL STATE - A method and system for creating a mixed world that reflects a real state is provided. The system includes a mirror world creation module which creates a mirror world that represents the structure of a real world; an object information collection module which collects real object information; and a mixed world creation module which creates a mixed world by reflecting the real object information into the mirror world.06-25-2009
20090138806Discovery and Visualization of Common Social Context - A method of determining a common social context can include detecting a collaboration between a plurality of participants. The method can include identifying a plurality of common social contexts and determining a probability that the collaboration belongs to each of the plurality of common social contexts. At least one probability and corresponding common social context can be output.05-28-2009
20090265641SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR CONDUCTING TRANSACTIONS REMOTELY - A transaction system and method is provided that ensures a high degree of non-repudiation. The transaction system may include a media conferencing terminal and a client computer on each end of the transaction. The system may be linked via a network such as the Internet so that transactions may be conducted between remote locations. The media conferencing terminal ensures that each party to the transaction may be satisfied as to the identity of the other parties. The method includes recording the pressure, speed and acceleration of annotations made to digital documents that are used for conducting transactions. The system is operable to store all media conferencing information, digital document information, and annotation information such that the information can be later recovered to reproduce the transaction, proving a high degree of non-repudiation.10-22-2009
20090177976MANAGING AND PRESENTING AVATAR MOOD EFFECTS IN A VIRTUAL WORLD - A method for managing and presenting avatar mood effects in a virtual world may include allowing a mood effect to be associated with a user's avatar in the virtual world from a plurality of predefined mood effects. The method may also include presenting the associated mood effect to other users of the virtual world.07-09-2009
20090177977SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GROUP CONTROL IN A METAVERSE APPLICATION - A metaverse system and method for allowing a user to control a group of avatars in a metaverse application. The metaverse system includes a client computer, a metaverse server, and a group link engine. The metaverse server hosts a metaverse application over a network. The client computer interfaces with the metaverse application. The group link engine opens a group link connection. A linked group associated with the group link connection includes at least two linked users. At least one user is designated as a leader of the linked group. The group link engine includes a group link controller to allow the leader to control an action of an avatar of at least one other user.07-09-2009
20090019374Methods and apparatus for creating, combining, distributing and reproducing program content for groups of participating users - A communications system for simulcasting audio or audiovisual program content to a plurality of participating system users via a communication network. Each user operates an access device that reproduces the received program content for the user and also accepts spoken comments from the user concurrently with or immediately following the reproduction of the program content. The spoken comments are transmitted to at least selected ones of the other users so that the selected users can engage in a conversation about the program content as it is simulcast.01-15-2009
20090024935ONLINE GRAPHICAL MESSAGE SERVICE - A system and method for achieving an electronic information service (also called an online graphical message service) hosted by a computer system (e.g., a server) connected to a network. Remote users can write information into and read information from the information service over the network. In response to a request from a first user, the service may create a first information object that comprises a virtual whiteboard. The virtual whiteboard may include information written by the remote users. Then, the service may transmit the first information object via the network to the first user. Later, the service may receive a second information object from the first user corresponding to part of the virtual whiteboard. The second information object may include modifications the first user made to the virtual whiteboard. The service may then update the virtual whiteboard utilizing the received second information object.01-22-2009
20090024934EQUATION EDITOR - An on-line teaching and learning system with rapid change-by-change or real time reinforcement signals for students and simultaneous monitoring by the teacher of the actual responses as well as their correctness is disclosed. The system may include at least one teacher computer, a plurality of student computers operably connected to the at least one teacher computer by a communications network. The system may be used in a classroom setting or in a distance-learning environment.01-22-2009
20090024933SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTION AND INTERACTION BETWEEN NETWORKED USERS - Systems and methods are provided for conducting games or other interactions between networked computers, mobile devices, or other such client devices. Players compete via graphical elements, termed “devices”, that move and engage each other on top of existing windows, such as on a player's PC desktop or mobile device background. The devices may be tanks, spaceships, characters, or any other graphical element that can take part in a game or interaction. The system and method provides for short-term, casual, online games using light clients or instant messaging protocols. The games may be played quickly and easily, with minimal interruption of other endeavors. Players may conveniently choose opponents via a friends list, lobby system, or other such method, in an easy-to-use, e.g., drag-and-drop interface.01-22-2009
20090024932METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING OPEN SESSION BASED SELECTIVE BROADCASTING IN AN INSTANT MESSAGING SYSTEM - A system for providing open session based selective broadcasting in an instant messaging system. The instant messaging system user is provided with a mechanism through which they can broadcast a user-defined message to the participants in all currently open instant messaging sessions with the user, or to the participants in a selected subset of currently open instant messaging sessions with the user. The system provides the ability to capture and save a list of the participants receiving a previously broadcast message. The captured participant list can be subsequently recalled and used to broadcast another user defined message when the interruption ends, and the user can resume participation in the sessions.01-22-2009
20090204904ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING TIME PERIODS FOR A MEETING - A method of determining time periods for a meeting includes receiving an indication of at least two invitees for the meeting, obtaining calendar data for the invitees, determining common free time periods for the invitees based on the calendar data, and time-based collecting of calendar event records and the common free time periods.08-13-2009
20090063994Providing a Content Mark - A content mark may be provided. First, an invitation input may be received from a first user. The invitation input may comprise a recommendation to a second user to take an action regarding content to be delivered over a content delivery system. In addition, the invitation input may include a pointer corresponding to a predetermined point in the content to be delivered. Next, the invitation input may be transmitted to the second user. Then an acceptance of the invitation input may be received from the second user. In response to the received acceptance, the content may be transmitted to the second user. The content may be configured to start at the predetermined point determined, for example, by the first user.03-05-2009
20120079399Methods and Systems for Routing Meeting-Related Content - Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for routing meeting-related content to destinations associated with meeting participants.03-29-2012
20080263457MOBILE TERMINAL FOR DISPLAYING HUMAN CONTACT DATA AND METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal and a method of displaying human contact data are provided. Human contact data corresponding to a human contact event is created when a human contact event is generated. A name tag is displayed in a standby screen corresponding to the created human contact data. Accordingly, a user may easily identify human contact data through log data displayed in a user-oriented method.10-23-2008
20110231780REAL TIME EXPERT DIALOG SERVICE - Methods and systems provide for establishment of online dialogs between a person and a user of an online community where those people are not necessarily familiar with each others areas of expertise or interests. The methods and systems can categorize a dialog topic received from the person, and determine, from categorization of users, a selection of users of a system to receive the dialog topic. That selection can be further narrowed according to user availability and/or ranking determinations, as well as an initial subject matter test posed to the selection of users. Judging the acceptability of the users' responses can help determine subject matter expertise in an area relevant to the proposed topic.09-22-2011
20090100350INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes: an image acquirement unit that acquires an image displayed on a first screen; a change determining unit that determines change of a first object displayed on the first screen; an object acquirement unit that acquires a second object displayed on a second screen superposed and displayed on the first screen; a change unit that changes, on the basis of the change of the first object determined by the change determining unit, the second object acquired by the object acquirement unit; and a transmission unit that transmits the image acquired by the image acquirement unit and the change result by the change unit to another information processing apparatus.04-16-2009
20090083639DISTRIBUTED CONFERENCE AND INFORMATION SYSTEM - A distributed conference system is presented herein for providing information to a conference presenter and a group of conference attendees. The distributed conference system includes a main console used by the conference presenter and one or more distributed consoles used by conference attendees. The main console provides a touch screen or other user interface and contains functions that the conference presenter can use to control each of the distributed consoles as well as providing standard room control functions. In addition, the distributed consoles may provide access to additional information for conference attendees and the conference presenter, such as television or other video feeds and a web browser through which they can access the Internet.03-26-2009
20110231779COLLABORATIVE DECISION MAKING - Techniques for collaborative decision making are presented. A collaborative decision making process is referred to as a buzz. A principal creates and defines the policies for the buzz as well as the criteria for participants of the buzz. The buzz is launched for online collaboration and is managed according to the policies. Actions and decisions are logged and recorded during the buzz.09-22-2011
20090222741COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT OF ACTIVITIES OCCURRING DURING THE LIFECYCLE OF A MEETING - Technologies are described herein for collaborative management of activities occurring during the lifecycle of a meeting. A collaboration program includes functionality for collaborative management of activities occurring during the entire lifecycle of a meeting. Using the collaboration program, meeting participants can collaborate on the creation of a meeting agenda prior to the occurrence of a meeting, can independently take and exchange meeting notes during a meeting, and can collaboratively generate a meeting summary following the meeting. The meeting agenda, meeting notes, and meeting summaries can be synchronized to a shared workspace accessible to each of the meeting participants through the collaboration program.09-03-2009
20090113311PERSONAL STATUS DISPLAY SYSTEM - A method, medium and implementing processing system and device are provided in which the personal availability status of an office occupant is selectively and/or automatically displayed on an electronic nameplate mounted on the outside of the office door. In one example, the nameplate device is capable of logging-on to a status database of an instant messaging (IM) application running on an IM server and requesting the status of a designated individual. The IM application responds to the nameplate request to transmit a personal status of the identified individual as kept in the status database of the server to the nameplate, and that status is stored within the nameplate memory. The status information may be automatically or selectively displayed on the nameplate to notify those viewing the nameplate of the current personal availability of the office occupant.04-30-2009
20090204906SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING VIDEO COLLABORATION - Provided are systems and methods of video collaboration. End-users may participate in collaboration sessions in which inter-personal barriers are rapidly dissolved through the completing of collaborative tasks. The end-users may be grouped into teams to perform these collaborative tasks, and may be scored and/or ranked based not only on performance of the task but on the interactions between team members. In some examples a coach or moderator is provided to assist with task completion and/or to facilitate social interaction between participants. According to various examples, system architectures are described for facilitating video collaboration. In one example, the architecture includes a multi-gateway architecture that segregates functions associated with presentation of an integrated video display from functions associated with transmission of display streams to devices associated with end-users.08-13-2009
20090204905Wide Area Interactive Information Distribution System - A wide area interactive information distribution system having a webserver that distributes information to a plurality of users having mobile display devices. The webserver and mobile devices allows users to interact with each other.08-13-2009
20120198358WORKSPACE-AWARE SOCIAL NETWORKS IN AN ENTERPRISE - Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with generating social networks are described. In one embodiment, a method includes generating recommendations for expanding a social network for a user based at least in part on the user's membership to a workspace and other members of the workspace.08-02-2012
20090210801N-WAY MULTIMEDIA COLLABORATION SYSTEMS08-20-2009
20090222743Meme-Based Graphical User Interface And Team Collaboration System - The subject matter disclosed herein provides methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for graphically manipulating memes and collaborating with the memes in a distributed workflow system. In one aspect there is provided a method. The method may include creating a group of one or more members. A graphical user interface may be used to manipulate the meme. The meme may be associated with at least one member of the group. The meme may also be configured as a data object. Furthermore, the meme may include an identifier. Moreover, the method may include defining whether the meme is accessible to each of the one or more members. Related systems, apparatus, methods, and/or articles are also described.09-03-2009
20090222742CONTEXT SENSITIVE COLLABORATION ENVIRONMENT - A system (and corresponding method) that enables establishment of an immersive collaborative environment is provided. The immersive collaborative environment represents a context-based virtual rendering of a user environment. More particularly, the virtual rendering can be associated with project or activity specific ‘rooms’ or ‘spaces.’ Within the virtual space, a resources such as data, applications and contacts can be made dynamically available to a user based upon the user context at any given moment. For example, the rendering can be employed in a business or other activity production workflow scenario thereby enhancing efficiency and productivity.09-03-2009
20090249224SIMULTANEOUS COLLABORATIVE REVIEW OF A DOCUMENT - A document is simultaneously opened by different clients for a collaborative review of the document. Each of the clients may make comments to the document at the same while the document is also being edited. Comments made on the document by one client are automatically synchronized with the other clients that are simultaneously accessing the document.10-01-2009
20120131475SOCIAL NETWORK BASED ON VIDEO RECORDER PARENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM - A computer system, computer program product, and method of sharing and creating social network reviews of selected programs that may be viewed and shared over a social network. If a user agrees with a social network review already present for a selected program, the categorization and editing of inappropriate content of the selected program may be applied to the same program for that user. If a user disagrees with a social network review of a selected program already present, the user may review the selected program and edit any inappropriate content as desired and submit the review to the social network.05-24-2012
20100275134SETTING USER-PREFERENCE INFORMATION ON THE CONFERENCE BRIDGE - User-preference information is utilized in conjunction with a conference bridge for the purpose of customizing the receiving of text data, alerts, or other associated information. These settings can be stored in a media file, or a set of data that is kept on an endpoint, such as a conference-enabled endpoint or it can be a configuration of data maintained by one or more conference bridges. This user preference information can specify various preferences such as language, font, phone capabilities, phone number associated with a conference, video conferencing capabilities, preferences for rendering images, multi-media content preferences, whiteboard resolution, volume, and in general, any preference associated with any application or data associated with a conference.10-28-2010
20130219299LIVE BAR - A described method comprises: displaying a browser window on a display device, wherein said browser window is adapted to display live content and current activities of said user in relation to said live content; detecting user input in relation to the displayed live content and/or activity, wherein the user input includes dragging the live content and/or current activity from the browser window and dropping it in at least one slot of a sidebar of said browser window; creating a new slot associated with a current activity to be displayed on said sidebar, if the current activity was dropped in a dedicated slot of the sidebar; displaying the new slot on the sidebar; tracking changes inside the activity associated with an existing slot; modifying the existing slot in the sidebar based on changes inside the activity associated with the existing slot; and displaying the modified slot in said sidebar.08-22-2013
20130219298Web-Based Interactive Meeting Facility with Recommendations to Users - A computer implemented method for providing recommendations for an in-person meeting group, the method comprising: collecting user information, wherein the user information provides information related to topical interests and location information for at least one of a plurality of users; comparing the user information with a topical listing of in-person meeting groups in the same geographical region as the at least one user, wherein the in-person meeting group is formed and maintained through a web-based meeting facility; and providing an in-person meeting group recommendation to the at least one user based on the comparison.08-22-2013
20090254840LOCAL MAP CHAT - Information communication technology operable to provide users with a means for sharing information and comments is disclosed. The information communication technology provides a means for participants to place chat comments on an interactive graphic such as a dynamically rendered map that participants can track, edit and collaboratively work with in order to decide on a suitable meeting location.10-08-2009
20090254839TECHNIQUES TO REMOTELY MANAGE A MULTIMEDIA CONFERENCE EVENT - Techniques to remotely manage a multimedia conference event are described. An apparatus may comprise a mobile remote control having a communications component operative to establish a wireless connection between a mobile remote control and a multimedia conference server hosting a multimedia conference event. The mobile remote control may include a mobile remote control component communicatively coupled to the communications component, the mobile remote control component operative to manage the multimedia conference event from the mobile remote control by communicating control information and media information with the multimedia conference server for the multimedia conference event over the wireless connection. Other embodiments are described and claimed.10-08-2009
20080313550RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH Web CONFERENCE SUPPORT PROGRAM IS RECORDED AND Web CONFERENCE SUPPORT APPARATUS - A Web conference support apparatus acquires arbitrary attribute information from attribute information of a user, specifies a related video conference data file having information related to the attribute information in a set of video conference data files of a Web conference, forms link information which accesses the related video conference data file specified and a start command of a new Web conference between a participant in a related Web conference related to the related video conference data file and the user, and embeds the link information and the start command in Web page information which can accept selection of the related video conference data file and the new Web conference. The Web page information is transmitted to a terminal device of the user.12-18-2008
20080307323CALENDARING TECHNIQUES AND SYSTEMS - The calendaring techniques and systems described herein enable a user to more easily resolve conflicts for attendees to an event by visually indicating available time slots for all attendees in a calendar window or in a timeline window separate from the calendar window. The first available time slot may be automatically selected or the user may select an available slot to reschedule the event. In another aspect, inspector windows are displayed within a calendar window to show summary or details for an event. An inspector window can also be displayed when a change to an event is detected. In yet another aspect, calendars for multiple accounts accessible by a user are merged into a single calendar view.12-11-2008
20080307326SYSTEM, METHOD, AND SERVICE FOR INDUCING A PATTERN OF COMMUNICATION AMONG VARIOUS PARTIES - A communication pattern inducing system focuses on the propagation of topics amongst a plurality of nodes based on the text of the node rather than hyperlinks of the node. A node could represent a weblog or any other source of information such as person, a conversation, images, etc. The system utilizes a model for information diffusion, wherein the parameters of the model capture how a new topic spreads from node to node. The system further comprises a process to learn the parameters of the model based on real data and to apply the process to real (or synthetic) node data. Consequently, the system is able to identify particular individuals that are highly effective at contributing to the spread of topics.12-11-2008
20080307325Videoconferencing Systems with Recognition Ability - A videoconferencing system which encodes different streams of information. The information may include video, audio, speech recognized versions of the audio, and language translated versions of the audio. Text may be sent as part of the videoconference12-11-2008
20080307324SHARING CONTENT IN A VIDEOCONFERENCE SESSION - A videoconferencing participant can share content with other participants seamlessly and effortlessly. A consistent user interface is used to present content no matter what type of content is being shared. Navigation controls allow a participant in the videoconference session to control what content is being displayed. The particular navigation controls provided are sensitive to the type of content being shared.12-11-2008
20090094534SERVER APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF SERVER APPARATUS - A server apparatus includes a unit for generating image information, a unit for generating a GUI image for designating time, a unit for compressing the image information and GUI image by coding, a storage unit for storing the compressed image information in association with time, a unit for transmitting the image information and GUI image to an information terminal, a unit for receiving operation information indicating a user's operation on the GUI image displayed on the screen of the information terminal, a converting unit for converting the operation information into time, and a unit for reading out image information corresponding to the converted time from the storage unit.04-09-2009
20100185956SIGNALING SUPPORT FOR SHARER SWITCHING IN APPLICATION SHARING - Architecture for seamless role switching in application sharing. A multipoint control unit (MCU) can be used for connecting multiple clients over a network. An application sharing component establishes an application sharing session over the MCU, and application content is exchanged from a sharer client to one or more viewer clients. Each client can communicate a media connection preference to the session. Client sharer and viewer roles are defined during creation of the application sharing session. A client can seamlessly switch roles during the session from a viewer to a sharer, and vice-versa, so that different application content can be shared to the session viewers. The session can be restricted to only one sharer so that the viewing clients view one sharer client at a time.07-22-2010
20100175001Calendaring Location-Based Events and Associated Travel - A user interface for an electronic calendar represents different locations or different users or different user calendars in different portions of the display. Calendar entries can be associated with one or more locations, one or more users, and with one or more user calendars. The different locations may reside in different time zones and a timeline for each time zone is displayed. The position of the calendar entry provides a visual identifier of the timeline with which the event is associated. Travel time to and from events in the calendar are calculated for calendared events and shown adjacent to the beginning and end of the event. A user's future location at a point in time is inferred from patterns in the user's locations and by analyzing the user's calendared events and correspondence in order to calculate travel time to calendared events.07-08-2010
20100262924SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LINKING ITEMS TO A GROUP - A communication device is configured to manage the sending and receiving of items and associated comments. The communication device may comprise a display screen upon which items and messages are displayed. A microprocessor configured to operate an item management application. The item management application provides an item within a peer-to-peer, serverless network of communication devices with each communication device associated with a member of a group and the group associated with the item and to provide comments, relating to the item, within the network to the communication devices due to the group being associated with the item.10-14-2010
20100192071CLIENT PROGRAM, TERMINAL, METHOD, SERVER SYSTEM AND SERVER PROGRAM - A computer-implemented client program that is downloaded and executed by computer terminals to synchronize display screen images of web browsers in the terminals. The client program causes the terminals to function as: an event transmitting unit that transmits an event to a server apparatus, where the event has occurred on a first terminal; an event receiving unit that receives a different event through the server apparatus, where the event has occurred on a different terminal; and a screen-image updating unit that updates a display screen image shown on the first terminal to a screen image in accordance with the different event received through the server apparatus. A computer terminal, computer-implemented method, computer-implemented server system and computer-implemented server program is provided for executing the computer-implemented client program.07-29-2010
20100229105INTEGRATED EXPERIENCE OF VOGUE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SHARED INTEGRATED ONLINE SOCIAL INTERACTION - A novel application and user interface for facilitating group interactions over a network integrates messaging, file sharing, media playing, journaling, profiles, and gaming into a cohesive environment. The groups facilitated by the invention are persistent and mobile in that a user does not have to recollect and reconfigure the group each time he or she wants to interact with the group online and, while online, the group may be taken from one activity to another without having to disband and reconnect at the second activity. The application is modular so as to be extensible to include other activities and functionalities. In an embodiment, the group interaction application utilizes a peer-to-peer network environment to facilitate network communications between group members.09-09-2010
20090077474Method and Software for Enabling N-Way Collaborative Work Over a Network of Computers - Method, software, and system for efficiently enabling n-way collaborative work using common software over a network of computers. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, each participant in a collaborative session starts up a common software application, which includes a collaboration component. This collaboration component is used to establish a common session that includes all interested parties. The collaboration component replicates operations performed on any one instance of said application to all other instances participating in the same session, so the effect is as if all members of the session were sharing a single instance of the application on a single computer. In one aspect, the collaboration component also supports broadcast of audio and video over a computer network, to enable session participants to see and/or hear each other, and further includes other features that support collaborative work.03-19-2009
20090077472TECHNIQUES FOR DISPLAYING GRAPHICAL COMMENTS - Techniques are provided through which users can leave graphical comments on web pages associated with individual members of a social networking site. Users can do so by painting within a region on the web pages or on the web page itself. Different painting tools, such as spray paint cans and traditional paint brushes may be selected to generate different visual content on the path of paint drawn by the user. Access to paint may be restricted to members of the social networking site. Users who leave graphical comments may be charged for the graphical comments. Members may erase graphical comments on associated web pages. Graphical comments may also be generated in a chat window visible to all users engaged in a chat session.03-19-2009
20090077473SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANAGING WORKFLOW OF AN AUTHORING ASSIGNMENT - A system and method that manage workflow of an authoring assignment. An authoring assignment may be created, forwarded, approved, rejected, and published. A history of functions performed on the authoring assignment and information relating to those functions is maintained. Each stage of the assignment may be tracked and stored. Notifications regarding the assignment may be forwarded to one or more users associated with the authoring assignment. Reports that provide information relating to an authoring assignment may be generated.03-19-2009
20100153856PERSONALISED MEDIA PRESENTATION - Apparatus for dynamically generating a personalised version of a presentation for a user, the presentation comprising a first assembled selection of more than one of a plurality of media components, each of the plurality of media components being associated with metadata specific to it, the apparatus including—selection means for selection of at least one of the plurality of media components, wherein the selection is performed in dependence on the metadata associated with the selected media component or components,—assembly means for assembly of the selection of the at least one of the plurality of media components, where more than one of the plurality of media components is selected, and—user interface means for activating the selection means and assembly means, wherein in use the user can activate the selection means and assembly means using the user interface means after commencement of the presentation, to dynamically generate the personalised version of the presentation comprising a second assembled selection of at least one of the plurality of media components.06-17-2010
20100235762METHOD AND APPARATUS OF PROVIDING A WIDGET SERVICE FOR CONTENT SHARING - An approach is provided for sharing rendered content that includes receiving initial data that indicates a content sharing service and a subscriber to the service. An initialization message is sent to the content sharing service based on the initial data. In response, a subscriber data message that comprises a playlist that indicates content rendered by the subscriber is received. In response to receiving the subscriber data message, a device of a user is caused to indicate that content sharing with the subscriber is permitted.09-16-2010
20100241971System and method for interactively collaborating within a secure online social networking community - Interactive collaboration within a secure, server-based social networking community integrated with a secured document management system includes at least one of a plurality of professional functionalities and a plurality of integrative functionalities to members having a member virtual identity within the community. Members may assemble into a network of members that excludes at least one member of the community. Integrative functionalities include allowing networks of members to share documents in a remote secured environment and exclude access to documents from those not belonging to a particular network. Members may also access software applications to remotely create, delete, edit and manage documents and view information about documents in a plurality of customizable and selectable viewing options.09-23-2010
20100218120RICH SIGNALING FEEDBACK MECHANISM FOR GROUP COMMUNICATION - Managing a web based conference. The web based conference includes one or more presenters connected through a network to one or more conference attendees. The presenters control data sent to the attendees. User input is received at a presenter computing system from a presenter indicating that a message should be sent to a number of computing systems being used by attendees. In response to receiving the user input at the presenter computing system, a message is sent to the of computing systems. One or more acknowledgment messages are received from at least a portion of the plurality of computing systems. Based on the one or more acknowledgement messages, a metric is generated for the number of recipients that received the message. The metric is displayed to the presenter.08-26-2010
20100241972SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COLLABORATION - In some embodiments, the disclosed systems and methods provide a client-server infrastructure capable of supporting a variety of asynchronous and synchronous collaboration activities in a so-called collaboration place. Some of these activities include chatting, viewing and/or editing one or more data files, and sharing one or more applications, data files, and/or displays. The client-server infrastructure supports seamless navigation between the supported asynchronous and synchronous activities in the collaboration place. Additionally, the client-server architecture supports data persistence, so that data files associated with the collaboration place can be stored for subsequent access.09-23-2010
20100251140VIRTUAL MEETING PLACE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A virtual meeting place system is disclosed. The online virtual meeting place facilitates initiating, scheduling, or spontaneously organizing an online discussion or meeting, organizing the discussion into active and passive participants, limiting or eliminate participation of selected participants and soliciting, receiving and answering questions. The system is configurable to allow for customization based upon the social protocols or preferences of meeting participants and may present different user interfaces based upon participant identity, meeting topic or meeting format.09-30-2010
20100251139GENERATING GROUP BASED INFORMATION DISPLAYS VIA TEMPLATE INFORMATION - A system, method and computer-readable medium are provided for the generation of group-based information processing service utilizes one or more group-based information templates and contact processing information to determine a set of available contacts and applications or other executable components for inclusion in group-based information. The determination of the contacts or applications or other executable components may be completed automatically without requiring user interaction. Alternatively, at least some portion of the process may require, or provide for, at least some user interaction for the selection or management of the contacts or applications or other executable components included in group-based information.09-30-2010
20100162135USER EVALUATION IN A COLLABORATIVE ONLINE FORUM - Users of a collaborative online forum may be evaluated automatically with the results made available to a supervisor. In an example embodiment, a method involves accessing multiple posts that are associated with multiple users, with each post of the multiple posts including content. Post scores for the multiple posts are ascertained based on one or more features. User interactions are analyzed with regard to the multiple posts to identify relationships among the multiple users and the content included in the multiple posts. The post scores and the user interactions are evaluated to determine respective collaboration scores for respective users of the multiple users. A user interface that provides access to the collaboration scores is presented to a supervisor.06-24-2010
20100205540TECHNIQUES FOR PROVIDING ONE-CLICK ACCESS TO VIRTUAL CONFERENCE EVENTS - Techniques to provide efficient access to virtual conference events are described. An apparatus may include a virtual conference (VC) server component operative to generate a conference bridge for a bridge owner. The VC server component may provide a link to the conference bridge, and provide access to a virtual conference with the bridge owner via the link. The VC server component may also include a profile module operative to store the conference bridge in a directory profile for the bridge owner. The VC server component may also include a server meeting module operative to create a virtual conference with the bridge owner when the link is accessed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.08-12-2010
20110113348METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VISUALIZING AND NAVIGATING WITHIN AN IMMERSIVE COLLABORATION ENVIRONMENT - In one embodiment, a method includes obtaining collaboration data from at least one data source, and mapping the collaboration data into a visual representation in a collaboration space. The visual representation is arranged to be manipulated to cause details associated with the collaboration to be displayed in the collaboration space. Finally, the method includes enabling manipulations of the visual representation.05-12-2011
20110239133SHARED RESOURCE COMPUTING COLLABORATION SESSIONS MANAGEMENT - The administration of a shared resource computing environment involves the establishment of direct input/output (I/O) connections between a plurality user interfaces and a single computing device. Each of the user interfaces provides a corresponding computer user with access to the single computing device. One or more desktop sessions are launched in the shared resource computing environment that is implemented on the single computing device. The administration of the shared resource computing environment also includes providing the computer users with concurrent access to the one or more desktop sessions, and managing interaction of the computer users in the one or more desktop sessions.09-29-2011
20100037149Annotating Media Content Items - In one general aspect, a media content item is provided to a plurality of users, the media content item having a temporal length. Annotations to the media content item are received from the plurality of users, the annotations each having associated temporal data defining a presentation time during the temporal length. The received annotations are associated with the media content item so that the annotations are presented during the presentation of the media content item at approximately the presentation time during the temporal length.02-11-2010
20110066958Methods, Systems And Storage Medium For Providing Content Notification Based On User Communities - A method of notifying consumers of available content in a content distribution system. The method includes determining the existence of a content event related to content. The content event is associated with a community. A consumer who is a member of the community is notified of the content event by sending a notification to the consumer. Access to content related to the content event is provided upon request by the consumer.03-17-2011
20110066957Systems and Methods for Anchoring Content Objects to Structured Documents - In one embodiment, a method includes, in connection with a target structured document rendered by a first client application and in response to a user input directed to target content of the target structured document, accessing, by a second client application, a document object model (DOM) representation of the target structured document, determining a target DOM node associated with the target content, recursively scanning one or more properties of each of one or more DOM nodes logically arranged proximal to the target DOM node within the DOM hierarchical tree, generating a set of one or more anchor point definitions based on one or more selected properties of each of the target DOM node and one or more selected ones of the scanned DOM nodes, and storing the set of anchor point definitions in a data structure.03-17-2011
20110066956SYSTEM FOR AND METHOD OF PROVIDING GRAPHICAL CONTENTS DURING A COMMUNICATION SESSION - A system for and method for providing graphical contents during a communication session is presented. The system and method include receiving, via an input/output module, one or more call invite request messages to establish a communication session in a communication network, processing, via a processing module, the one or more call invite request messages to identify a graphical content account associated with one or more users of the communication session, and transmitting, via a presentation module, one or more graphical contents from the graphical content account associated with at least one of the one or more users before an establishment of the communication session.03-17-2011
20100192072SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF COLLABORATION - In some embodiments, the disclosed systems and methods provide a client-server infrastructure capable of supporting a variety of asynchronous and synchronous collaboration activities in a so-called collaboration place. Some of these activities include chatting, viewing and/or editing one or more data files, and sharing one or more applications, data files, and/or displays. The client-server infrastructure supports seamless navigation between the supported asynchronous and synchronous activities in the collaboration place. Additionally, the client-server architecture supports data persistence, so that data files associated with the collaboration place can be stored for subsequent access.07-29-2010
20090019376Facilitating Communications Between Computer Users Across a Network - A stand-alone icon (i.e., an icon that is not part of an application interface) is provided to facilitate communications across a network between users of at least one communications program. The icon represents a contact or a set of contacts. Status information regarding the contact or set of contacts is received and displayed using the icon or in response to an operation performed on the icon. The icon additionally may provide an interface for performing actions related to the contact or set of contacts. The actions may generally include, for example, retrieving profile information about the contact, setting an alert to indicate that the contact's network/login status (e.g., login, logout, or idle) has changed, or performing communications with the contact.01-15-2009
20090019375METHOD OF SHARING MULTI-MEDIA CONTENT AMONG USERS IN A GLOBAL COMPUTER NETWORK - In one embodiment of the present invention, a method for sharing multi-media content among a plurality of users in a computer network comprises creating a plurality of user accounts, each of said user accounts corresponding to one of the plurality of users, and having a plurality of interactive features including a first feature that permits the user to upload the multi-media content to the computer network; forming a user network including one or more of the plurality of user accounts in communication with one or more other user accounts and to the uploaded multi-media content via the computer network; categorizing the uploaded multi-media content in accordance with the subject matter of the uploaded multi-media content; organizing the uploaded multi-media content in a competitive format; and establishing a hierarchy for the uploaded multi-media content within the competitive format as a function of a competitive measurement system.01-15-2009
20090177978Method and System for Disappearing Ink for Text Messaging - An instant messaging client presents messages and removes the messages from display after a predetermined amount of time. In one preferred embodiment, the predetermined amount of time is agreed upon by all participants during a policy negotiation. Each message may be associated with a display time and when the current time differs from the display time by a predetermined amount, the message is removed from the display. Messages may also be presented in a non-editable display area to prevent manual logging of the messaging content.07-09-2009
20090319916TECHNIQUES TO AUTO-ATTEND MULTIMEDIA CONFERENCE EVENTS - Techniques to auto-attend multimedia conference events are described. An apparatus may comprise a recording management component operative to manage recording and reproduction operations for a multimedia conference event. The recording management component may comprise, among other elements, an event handler module operative to receive an auto-attend request from a meeting invitee as an auto-attendee for a multimedia conference event. The recording management component may also include an event schedule module communicatively coupled to the event handler module, the event schedule module operative to schedule the multimedia conference event for automatic recording operations in response to the auto-attend request. The recording management component may further include an event capture module communicatively coupled to the event schedule module, the event capture module operative to record the multimedia conference event to form a recorded meeting event file for the auto-attendee. Other embodiments are described and claimed.12-24-2009
20090319918MULTI-MODAL COMMUNICATION THROUGH MODAL-SPECIFIC INTERFACES - Technologies are described herein for providing multi-modal communication through modal-specific interfaces. In one method, a communication in a first modality is received from a first interface across a computer network. The communication is converted into a second modality. Upon converting the communication into the second modality, the communication is provided to a second interface across the computer network.12-24-2009
20090319917Multi-User Conversation Topic Change - Techniques for changing a conversation topic between one or more users via a user-interface are provided. A request to change the conversation topic is obtained from the one or more users via the user-interface. An indicator is presented to the one or more users notifying the one or more users, via the user-interface, of the request to change the conversation topic. The conversation topic between the one or more users is changed in response to an affirmative act by at least one of a moderator, the one or more users, and a predefined condition.12-24-2009
20090319915METHOD FOR SPELL CHECK BASED UPON TARGET AND PRESENCE OF AVATARS WITHIN A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT - The exemplary embodiment of the present invention relates to the dynamic activation and deactivation of a spell check feature option for instant message chat session features within a virtual environment. As such, the spell check feature can be activated and deactivated within the virtual environment based upon the identity of an engaged party to chat session or the identities of other parties that are in proximity to the chat session parties within the virtual environment.12-24-2009
20090319912DISTINGUISHING CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS - Technologies are described herein for distinguishing between conference participants associated with different groups. A communication is received from a participant during a conference. The participant's group affiliation is determined and a representation attribute corresponding to the group is used to render the communication within the conference. As a result, the communications from participants of like groups are displayed with like representation attributes to visually distinguish the communications according to group affiliations. An administrator may designate the representation attributes so that all of the communications from participants of the same group are similarly distinguished without action from the participants. Participants may filter the communications as desired according to the groups and corresponding representation attributes.12-24-2009
20090164915Method and system for a flexible-data column user interface - In embodiments there are provided techniques for flexibly displaying information into one or more columns. One technique includes the user interface (UI) receiving from an end user a selection of display criteria configured by an administrative user. Data from a dataset may be selected and/or ordered for displaying according to the criterion selected by the end user. Alternative embodiments may provide displaying positive and negative data, sorting, and fixed locations.06-25-2009
20090106668Differential Dynamic Content Delivery With A Session Document Recreated In Dependence Upon An Interest Of An Identified User Participant - Differential dynamic content delivery, including creating a session document for a presentation, including identifying a user participant for the presentation, where the session document includes a session grammar and a session structured document, the user participant has a user profile comprising user classifications and user interests, the user interests comprising data fields for storing data values indicating user interest in one or more subjects of the presentation; receiving from the identified user participant at least one data value indicating user interest in one or more subjects of the presentation; storing in the user profile the data value indicating user interest; recreating the session document in dependence upon the data value indicating user interest; selecting from the recreated session document a classified structural element; and presenting the selected structural element to at least one user participant.04-23-2009
20120144319Collaboration Management System - Known computer peripheral devices are typically interchangeable and can be used with different computers systems and platforms. Most computer operating systems are able to automatically configure the coupled computer peripheral device for use with the computer operating system without the need for installation of a specific driver. However, when these peripheral devices are detected by the computer system, a generic UI control configuration is often assigned to them and whatever customised settings previously configured by the user will be lost and replaced with a new set of unfamiliar settings. Described according to an embodiment of the invention is a collaboration management system initiating a collaboration session for a plurality of computing systems having user-interfaces (UIs) coupled thereto. The collaboration management system discovers the device profiles corresponding to the UIs for extracting corresponding configuration specific to each of the UIs for configuring interactions between the UIs and an application operating during the collaboration session.06-07-2012
20120144320SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING VIDEO CONFERENCE BREAKS - Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for enhancing a video conference break. The method can be implemented on any or all participants' client device or on a network-based device. A client-side system configured to practice the method detects, at a client device of a participant in a video conference, a beginning of a break in the video conference, gathers information describing a current status of the video conference, and displays, at the client device of the participant, the information. A network-based system maintains a current status of a video conference connecting a group of client devices, monitors the video conference to detect a beginning of a break, and, when the beginning of the break is detected, transmits at least part of the current status to each of the group of client devices for display to respective users of the group of client devices.06-07-2012
20110072365DISTRIBUTED CLIPBOARD - Techniques for providing a shared clipboard to participants in a conversation are provided. The shared clipboard is specific to the conversation to which it is associated in that the shared clipboard does not “spill over” from one conversation to another. When a conversation between two or more participants is established, a shared clipboard becomes available to the participants of the conversation. The shared clipboard facilitates the sharing of data between the participants in the conversation. During the conversation, each participant in the conversation is provided access to the shared clipboard, including its contents. When a participant joins or is added to the conversation, the added participant is also provided access to the shared clipboard and its contents.03-24-2011
20110119597METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CAPABILITY-BASED MULTIMEDIA INTERACTIONS - Methods and systems are disclosed for enabling participants to interact remotely through multiple multimedia channels based on the configured capabilities of participants. The system consists of a server and one or more client devices. On joining new interactive session, the attributes and capabilities of the participant are determined. Other participants are notified as to the attributes and capabilities of the new participant. The interaction between participants is determined by their attributes and capabilities and that of the participant they wish to interact with.05-19-2011
20090037827Video conferencing system and method - A video conferencing system, comprising an electronic device having a conferencing module interface executable to display video content in a main media window and at least one media sub-window, the video content in the main media window selectively interchangeable with the video content in the at least one media sub-window to facilitate viewing thereof02-05-2009
20100306671Avatar Integrated Shared Media Selection - A method and system are disclosed in which a group of people are able to replicate the physical world experience of going with a group of friends to pick a movie, watch the movie together, and provide commentary on the movie itself in the virtual world on a virtual couch while each user is sitting in different physical locations. Additionally, the virtual representation of the destination that the group of people are watching the movie together in can be themed to allow users to watch movies in different locations pivoting on special events or by the users choice.12-02-2010
20130132860SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING A CONNECTED MARKET USING SOCIAL MEDIA INTERACTION UNITS AND INTERACTIVE PROCESS GADGETS - A user interface associated with interactive, multi-dimensional gadgets that interact across and through one another—via programmatic interfaces made available by feeds from outside sources, and user input. The gadgets operate interactively to create work flows.05-23-2013
20130132862DESKTOP SHARING METHOD AND SYSTEM - A desktop sharing system and method are provided. A desktop sharing application permits a selected display region on a first computer's desktop to be shared with other computers. The desktop sharing application permits another computer to assume control and share a selected display region of the other computer's desktop during a conference.05-23-2013
20130132863Integrated User Participation Profiles - A computer-based system identifies, measures, and rewards user interaction with online content, such as customer interaction with online content posted by companies about their products and services. The system tracks user activity online, such as user activity on online social networking systems and on web sites. For each user and company, the system generates a profile that contains data representing the user's interaction with the company's online content. The system may use such profiles to search for users who are similar to a particular user, to drive social gesture advertising to amplify the actions of users, to highlight particular users for other users to discover and connect with, and to deliver targeted promotions and to incent online engagement by users.05-23-2013
20130132864SOCIAL KUDOS - A system and method for facilitating rating enterprise personnel or otherwise issuing and tracking indications of approval, e.g., kudos. An example method includes providing a first set of user interface controls adapted to enable plural enterprise personnel to participate in a discussion via electronic communications; providing a first user option for a first participant of the discussion to associate an indication of approval with input provided by a participant of the discussion; providing a second user option to associate a note with the indication of approval; and associating the discussion and the indication of approval with a business object. A social network may provide the first set of user interface controls. The electronic communications include messages exchanged over a social network used to conduct the discussion. The input may include, for example, text and/or a document submitted to participants of the discussion, such as a presentation document.05-23-2013
20120246578PRESENTING QUESTION AND ANSWER DATA IN A SOCIAL NETWORKING SYSTEM - A social networking system includes a question and answer system that displays to a viewing user questions and answers provides by other users of the social networking system. The question and answer system may display answers to a particular question in a way that visually indicates both the global answer set and a subset of the global answer set, such as the viewing user's friends. The social networking system may also display to a viewing user news stories about another user asking or answering a question, where the format of the displayed new stories is based on an affinity that the viewing user has for the user who provided the question or answer mentioned in the news story. The displayed questions and/or answers may be associated with an object in the social networking system, where the user interface provides additional information about those objects.09-27-2012
20100306674Presenting Information in a Conference - An improved networked computer communications system handles arbitrary streams of data, and transports at varying speeds those steams where intermediate updates can be dropped if they are obsoleted by later arriving data updates, optimizing the utilization of network and node resources. Complex buffering by system server software allows distributed, parallel, or redundant processing, transmission, and storage for performance, reliability, and robustness. Various parameters of the system can be monitored, and the system can be reconfigured automatically based on the observations. Varied techniques reduce the perceived end-to-end latency and take advantage of software and hardware capabilities that assets connected to the system may possess. One conferencing system allows conference participants to share all or a portion of the display seen on their computer screens. The conferees may be at sites removed from each other, or may view a recorded presentation or archived conference at different times. Conference participants are either “presenters” who can modify the display or “attendees” who cannot modify the display. A pointer icon, which can be labeled to identify the conferee, is displayed on the shared image area. Each conferee can modify the position of his or her own pointer, even when not presenting, so that every participant can see what each conferee is pointing to, should a conferee choose to point to an element of the display. These and other features apply to other data streams shared in the conference or in meetings where there is no shared-image data stream.12-02-2010
20100306672METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MATCHING USERS IN MULTI-USER COMPUTER SIMULATIONS - A method for use in a computer simulation includes receiving a request from a first user to initiate a multi-user session, retrieving tag data for a second user, wherein the tag data includes tags entered by one or more users of a plurality of users including the first user, evaluating the tag data, matching the first user with the second user based on the result of the evaluating, and initiating the multi-user session with at least the first user and second user. Another method for use in a computer simulation includes establishing a multi-user computer simulation having an ability for one or more users in a plurality of users to enter tags for other users in the plurality of users, receiving tag data for the plurality of users, wherein the tag data includes tags that have been entered by the one or more users for the plurality of users, evaluating the tag data, and matching a first user in the plurality of users with one or more other users of the plurality of users based on a result of the evaluating. A computer-readable storage medium stores a computer program adapted to cause a processor based system to execute one or both of these methods.12-02-2010
20100306673METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ACCESSING DATA IN SIGNAGE SYSTEMS - A method is provided for displaying information at remote terminals, based on criteria established at a central terminal. At the central terminal, a set of rules is selected out of a plurality of pre-defined sets of rules for displaying the information at the respective remote terminal, and based on the selected set of rules, a virtual tokens is created, which is then forwarded to the respective remote terminal. The token is received at the remote terminal, and the identification of the corresponding set of rules is derived. Based on the identified set(s) of rules, one or more corresponding software modules operative to retrieve information originated at additional source(s) is uploaded for use at the respective remote terminal. Next, a display of information that comprises information retrieved by using the corresponding software modules is generated and presented at the remote terminal.12-02-2010
20100281398Telephone Calling Interface - A telephone calling interface is disclosed. The telephone calling interface may be implemented as a toolbar within an Internet web browser. The toolbar may identify telephone numbers included in a web page requested by a user of the Internet web browser and conspicuously display the identified telephone numbers when the web page is displayed. The toolbar may recognize activation by the user of one of the conspicuously displayed identified telephone numbers included in the web page as an activated telephone number and initiate a telephone call between a predefined telephone number and the activated telephone number. The method may be executed on a computing device such as, for example, a personal computer.11-04-2010
20130139070PRESENTING QUESTION AND ANSWER DATA IN A SOCIAL NETWORKING SYSTEM - A social networking system includes a question and answer system that displays to a viewing user questions and answers provides by other users of the social networking system. The question and answer system may display answers to a particular question in a way that visually indicates both the global answer set and a subset of the global answer set, such as the viewing user's friends. The social networking system may also display to a viewing user news stories about another user asking or answering a question, where the format of the displayed new stories is based on an affinity that the viewing user has for the user who provided the question or answer mentioned in the news story. The displayed questions and/or answers may be associated with an object in the social networking system, where the user interface provides additional information about those objects.05-30-2013
20100325560System and Method for Review of Discussion Content - This invention is a content review system having a computer readable medium which can contain member information embodied in the computer readable medium representing individuals that wish to participate in online discussions where each member has an electronic address. Computer readable instructions provide for receiving initial discussion content generated by an originating member, generating a new discussion notification, transmitting the new discussion notification to the members, receiving a comment to the initial discussion content from a commenting member, transmitting the comment to each member, receiving review information from a reviewing member wherein the review is associated with the comment and wherein the review information include feedback information selected from the group of concur, concur and comment, neutral comment, dissent and dissent and comment, and transmitting the review information to at least one member.12-23-2010
20130145286ELECTRONIC DEVICE, SOCIAL TILE DISPLAYING METHOD, AND TILE CONNECTION METHOD - Social tile displaying method is provided. A first dynamic tile group is displayed on a display screen. In response to a pin instruction for designating a first contact person, a social tile corresponding to the first contact person is generated along with the first dynamic tile group on the display screen. Automatic notification message corresponding to the first contact person is shown on each of the tiles within the first dynamic tile group. Tile connection method is also provided. First and second tiles are displayed. In response to a connection command, the first and second tiles are connected according to the connection command. Preset processes are performed on the first and second tiles according to characteristics of the first and second tiles.06-06-2013
20130145287SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PAGE SHARING BY A DEVICE - A first device shares a page with a second device by receiving a page of the second device, arranging a page of the first device and the received page of the second device, and displaying the arranged pages of the first and second devices, wherein, in the displaying, when the page of the first device is moved, the page of the second device is displayed on a screen of the first device.06-06-2013
20090241034Object movement control system, object movement control method, server and computer program - An object movement control system, an object movement control method, a server, and a computer program that can update the positional information of an object in a virtual space at high speed by appropriately distributing processing loads. Client control units obtain information about the position of a first object in a virtual space and information about movement of the first object and detect other objects that exist in a virtual region that contains the first object, which has been moved. The distances between objects that exist in a virtual region are calculated, and only when the number of objects the distances to which are shorter than a predetermined threshold exceeds a predetermined number, information about the objects is sent to a server. The server assigns a collision determination client that performs collision determination to each pair of objects selected from the objects.09-24-2009
20110022969SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TAGGING OF DATA/CONTENT FOR DISPLAY ON A DISPLAY SCREEN - A system and method for tagging of content/data for display on a display screen, the system comprising World Wide Web connected to a central server through connecting means, smart IBs capable of sending and receiving data/content, a display media device having interactive means in as short range wireless network, administrators system to schedule data/content.01-27-2011
20110010641Unified Online Conversation Application and Platform - A user interface is provided for conducting online conversations that span asynchronous and synchronous modes of communications. Users can initiate a new conversation or find existing conversations by choosing images of friends from a drop down list based on text input of friends' names. Conversations are represented in a tree-branch configuration such that new comments added to a conversation are associated directly to the existing comments to which they respond. Branches can be opened or collapsed automatically or at the users' option, allowing the user focus his attention on part(s) of the conversation. Content from the web can be searched and found content can be included into the body of a comment. All participants in a conversation see the same representation of the conversation and links to referenced Web content are maintained in tact regardless of the length and complexity of the conversation.01-13-2011
20110010640INTELLIGENT CO-BROWSING AND CO-EDITING - A leader of a group can specify how content is to be displayed to a group of users. One of these users can specify different instructions regarding the display of the content. The system can then display the content to the user, using either (or both) of the leader's instructions and the user's specific instructions. Using these various independent instructions, the system can automatically change the way the content is displayed to a group of users.01-13-2011
20110113350METHOD, SYSTEM AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR BUILDING COLLABORATION APPLICATIONS USING MULTIPLE-PEER USER INTERFACE LIBRARIES - A method, system and program product for building a collaboration server for deploying a collaboration application. The method includes installing on a server a collaboration server application having multiple-peer user interface libraries capable of creating and synchronizing multiple peer widgets for each widget created by a collaboration application. The method further includes deploying a collaboration application written using standard user interface libraries, and launching execution of the collaboration application on the server when one or more users connect to the server, such that a rendering of a shared state of the user interface is displayed on a client program corresponding to the users. Further, the method includes displaying the shared state on a client program of a new user connecting to the server. Also, when a change is made to the state of a shared widget by a user, the method includes updating the client programs of all remaining users.05-12-2011
20100185957PARTICIPANT RESPONSE SYSTEM EMPLOYING GRAPHICAL RESPONSE DATA ANALYSIS TOOL - A participant response system (07-22-2010
20110029895SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONDUCTING ON-LINE RESEARCH - A method and system enables improved on-line research involving identification of associations generated by a server in response to input received from a multi-user problem group. The method includes processing user details received from a plurality of users in the multi-user problem group (step A). Fixed and rotating questions are then received and transmitted to the problem group, and answers to the fixed and rotating questions are then processed by the server (steps B to G). An identification of at least one association based on the user details, the answers to the at least one fixed question, and the answers to the at least one rotating question, is then automatically generated by the server (step H). Finally, the identification of the at least one association is transmitted to a user (step I).02-03-2011
20110029894SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING AMONG USERS OF A SET GROUP - In one embodiment, a system for communicating among members of a set group comprises an administrator hosting a computer network-accessible server; a plurality of users; a set of executable instructions stored on the server, the instructions for creating a virtual set group of users from the plurality of users based on a common interest in a real event at a venue; a data file comprising a graphic depiction of the venue, stored on the server, and downloadable to the computer device of each of the users; and at least one social user application, accessible by each of the users of the virtual set group, enabling the users of the virtual set group to interact; wherein the social user application utilizes the data file as an image file displayed on a screen of the computer device of each of the users of the set group.02-03-2011
20110029893METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR VISUALLY CHRONICLING A CONFERENCE SESSION - An exemplary method includes displaying an interactive collaboration plane along a time axis within a graphical user interface, automatically detecting a plurality of participation events each performed by one of a plurality of participants during a conference session between the plurality of participants, recording a time of occurrence of each of the participation events, and displaying graphical depictions of the participation events within the interactive collaboration plane. The graphical depictions are positioned along the time axis in accordance with the recorded times of occurrence of the participation events. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.02-03-2011
20110035683METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SYNCHRONOUS, COLLABORATIVE MEDIA CONSUMPTION - In one embodiment, the present invention is a method and apparatus for synchronous, collaborative media consumption. In one embodiment, a method for providing media to a plurality of users includes delivering synchronously the media to a plurality of devices operated by the plurality of users via a communications channel and enabling a substantially real-time interaction among the plurality of users on the communications channel while delivering the media.02-10-2011
20110119598DYNAMIC COLLABORATION IN SOCIAL NETWORKING ENVIRONMENT - A method and system for facilitating collaboration between two groups without impairing or affecting the structure of the two groups is provided.05-19-2011
20110113349SOCIAL BROWSING - A method described herein includes acts of extracting at least one entity from an arbitrary web page being viewed by an individual on a computing device and comparing the at least one entity with social network data of the individual, wherein the social network data comprises a plurality of messages generated by members of a social network of the individual. The method further includes the acts of identifying at least one message in the plurality of messages based at least in part upon the comparing of the at least one entity with the social network data of the individual and causing the at least one message to be displayed on the web page in conjunction with the at least one entity.05-12-2011
20110035685Heterogenous content channel manager for ubiquitous computer software systems - A heterogeneous content channel manager is provided for content management and collaboration within and across interactive workspaces. A content channel bar, available on each of the displays in the workspace(s), contains two or more unique representations of respectively two or more different channels available in the interactive workspace(s). Within the set of available channels on each channel bar two or more different channel types are represented. Furthermore, each one of the unique representations in the content channel bar represents different and unique content supported by their respective channels and their types. Channel selection on the channel bar initiates display, on the display where the channel selection was made, of the content represented by the selected representation and channel in a manner appropriate for the channel's type.02-10-2011
20110041083SYSTEM AND METHODOLOGY FOR PROVIDING SHARED INTERNET EXPERIENCE - A method for mutually interactive Internet activities including connecting a plurality of user clients, which together represent a group, to at least one Internet activity server, supplying to each of the plurality of user clients representing the group at least partially identical content from the at least one Internet activity server, whereby each of the plurality of users in the group has at least partially common shared Internet activity experience and based on information regarding at least one of the users in the group, which information indicates at least one common characteristic of the plurality of users in the group, configuring the at least partially common shared Internet activity experience responsive to the at least one common characteristic.02-17-2011
20110041085Method and Apparatus for the Transmission of Changed Host Display Information - Updates may be transmitted over a remote viewing session using a transmission protocol configured to allow sessions to be established, terminated, and used by participants. The transmission protocol provides a message structure that may be used to exchange administrative information associated with the session, as well as host display information to be transmitted from the host to the viewers over the session. A bounding rectangle construct may be used to convey positional information associated with the update or content of an update message. The messages may be passed directly between the host and viewers or via an intermediate service. The messages also may be used to allow viewers to highlight information on the display for a limited period of time so that the highlighting appears to the host and optionally to the other viewers on the session.02-17-2011
20110246909ANCILLARY EXPERIENCE-BASED PAIRING - Embodiments are disclosed that relate to ancillary experience-based pairing. One embodiment provides a method comprising displaying content on a display, and displaying a tag on the display along with the content, where the tag comprises an image encoding instructions for pairing with the host computing device. The method further includes, while displaying the tag, receiving registration information from a client computing device, comparing the registration information to expected registration information, and if the registration information matches the expected registration information, then establishing a pairing between the host computing device and the client computing device. The method further includes, upon establishing the pairing, providing an ancillary user experience to the client computing device, where the ancillary user experience including content ancillary to the content.10-06-2011
20090094533Method and Conference Server for Initializing Scheduled Conferences - Conference participants are selected via a network element in a network, the geographical area locations, for example, buildings of an enterprise, of the conference participants are determined and depending on the determined locations a geographical conference area, for example a conference room is determined for each conference participant. The conference area together with the conference information is communicated to the conference participants. The availability of the conference participants can be checked for the communication.04-09-2009
20100131863INCREMENTAL COLLABORATIVE FILTERING - A method for content delivery includes obtaining responses from a first plurality of users to a second plurality of items of content that were delivered to the users over a communication network. For each item, a respective vector is created corresponding to the responses of the users to the item. Distances between the items are computed responsively to the vectors. A first item is selected for delivery to a given user based on a previous response of the given user to a second item and to a distance computed between the first and second items responsively to the vectors. Following the delivery of the first item, upon receiving a response to the first item from the given user, the distances computed between the items are updated based on the response to the first item. The updated distances are applied in selecting a further item for delivery to another user.05-27-2010
20100131862 METHOD OF DYNAMICALLY CREATING COMPLEX MULTIMEDIA OBJECTS - The invention relates to a method of creating at least one complex multimedia object intended to be reproduced in a multimedia environment. According to the invention such a method includes a step (05-27-2010
20110078589METHOD OF NETWORKING MULTIPLE CLIENTS - Disclosed herein is a method of networking multiple clients. The method of networking multiple clients includes detecting the colors of the signal lamps of all the clients, transmitting a conference signal to one or more clients, the color of the signal lamps of which is red, providing preset information to the clients which received the conference signal, receiving a conference termination signal from the clients which received the conference signal, providing decision information if the conference termination signal has been received from all of the clients which received the conference signal, changing the color of the signal lamps of the clients which received the conference signal to yellow, and changing the color of the signal lamps to blue if a confirmation signal has been received from all of the clients.03-31-2011
20090327921ANIMATION TO VISUALIZE CHANGES AND INTERRELATIONSHIPS - Modifications to a collection of data are maintained in chronological order and selectively rendered as a function of time. The selective rendering can include an animated version of the modification, which can include a timeline of events. The modifications can be associated with related data that includes information as to who made the modification, when the modification was made, and so forth. The related data can also include a motivation behind the modification. Further, confidence information can be related to the modification to add further detail to the modifications and events surrounding the collection of data.12-31-2009
20100180213DOCUMENT CREATION SYSTEM AND METHODS - Methods, systems, and related computer program products for facilitating the generation of a document, such as a scientific poster, to be viewed by a community of human viewers in association with a hosted event, such as a scientific conference, are described, the generated document conforming to document configuration guidelines previously established for that hosted event. Provided in one preferred embodiment is an interactive document creation tool that constrains user input of content data according to constraints specified in the document configuration guidelines and then automatically generates the document from the content data in compliance with those document configuration guidelines, sparing substantial user time and effort particularly when a pre-existing antecedent electronic document is used as a basis for the content data. Also provided are methods for coordinating document display at hosted events, managing populations of distinct document configuration guidelines, and adapting a created document for multiple different hosted events.07-15-2010
20100037150Synchronous to Asynchronous Web Page Conversion - The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a method that includes selecting a plurality of web pages including static web page elements, generating first configuration information that specifies at least one of the static web page elements, and generating second configuration information that specifies at least one asynchronous web page element. Each asynchronous web page element corresponds to a particular static web page element specified in the first configuration information. The method also includes modifying the selected plurality of web pages. The modification includes parsing the plurality of web pages, identifying the static web page elements within the plurality of web pages that are also specified in the first configuration information, and replacing the identified static web page elements with the corresponding asynchronous web page elements specified in the second configuration information.02-11-2010
20100037151MULTI-MEDIA CONFERENCING SYSTEM - A multi-media conferencing system that integrates visual, audio, independent data interaction and modification, collaboration of information, independent video and 3D model viewing and manipulation, and networking among all participants in the meeting. Each participant conference display typically shows two content sectors under the control of the presenter and a selectable number of other content sectors under the control of the participant. The presenter conference display selectively includes a presenter dashboard for managing the presentation. Each content sector on the participant and attendee conference displays may be enlarged to full screen or reduced to a sector display or an icon with a simple command. The system also includes geo-location display functionality, participant monitoring, attendee chat functionality, and a wide range of additional functionality under the control of the conference presenter and attendees.02-11-2010
20090217178RANKING INTERACTIONS BETWEEN USERS ON THE INTERNET - A system and method for determining the amount of influence users of the internet have on other users of the internet based on data from interactions between users on the internet.08-27-2009
20090217177Multi-party virtual desktop - In one embodiment, a method for sharing data displayed on a user's computer screen includes displaying a movable tile on the user's computer screen, the tile being positionable on the computer screen to identify data displayed on the user's computer screen and selected for sharing with one or more remote users. The method further includes transmitting the data identified by a position of the tile on the user's computer screen to the remote users, receiving shared data from one of the remote users, and displaying the shared data on the user's computer screen. The identified data includes only a portion of data displayed on the user's computer screen and the shared data corresponds to data displayed on a portion of said remote user's computer screen.08-27-2009
20100070881PROJECT FACILITATION AND COLLABORATION APPLICATION - In one aspect, disclosed embodiments of a project facilitation and collaboration (PFC) service enable a user to access a PFC user interface. The PFC user interface enables the user to create a project and define and modify a membership for the project. The user interface also enables the user to perform, within the confines of the user interface, varied project activities including remotely or locally accessing asynchronous communication objects pertaining to the project, accessing documents and other media objects associated with the project, and initiating synchronous and asynchronous communications with members of the project.03-18-2010
20100070882Method and apparatus for implementing shared editing of document - The present invention provides a method for implementing shared editing of a document, including: dividing a document into multiple portions; when a user modifies the document, providing at least one portion of the multiple portions for the user to modify, wherein the at least one portion is prohibited to be modified by another user at the same time; and storing the modified by the user. Therefore, multiple users may edit a same document simultaneously by utilizing a docbase management system, and the modifications made by each user to the document can be stored wholly. Moreover, because the document is managed by one party, the security of the document can be guaranteed.03-18-2010
20100058201SHARED USER INTERFACE SURFACE SYSTEM - The shared user interface surface system is a simple and lightweight collaboration tool that is accessible simultaneously by multiple users through multiple sources. The shared user interface surface system provides a way to share a user interface surface and corresponding shared surface object, and coordinates local manipulations of respective local representations of the shared user interface surface and corresponding shared surface object, and updates the respective local representations with a group representation. The system accommodates diverse collaboration requirements including mixed written and spoken languages, utilization of the accessibility layer for physically disabled and disparate computing resources.03-04-2010
20110252339Collaborative Cursors in a Hosted Word Processor - A computer-implemented collaborative editing method includes receiving input from a user of a browser-based document editing application on a document displayed by the application; identifying a current location in the document for a cursor of a first user executing the application; receiving from a central server system data that reflects changes made to the document by one or more users other than the first user and current positions in the document of cursors for the one or more other user; updating a document model stored on a computing device that is executing the browser-based application and rendering at least a portion of the model to the browser; and rendering the current positions of the cursors for the one or more other users to the browser.10-13-2011
20110083086DYNAMICALLY DEPICTING INTERACTIONS IN A VIRTUAL WORLD BASED ON VARIED USER RIGHTS - Embodiments of the invention generally manage dynamically depicting interactions in a virtual world. Embodiments of the invention may receive one or more content restrictions associated with a first user of a virtual world, and may analyze the activity history of a second user in the virtual world. Embodiments of the invention may then determine what, if any, interactions should be permitted between the first user and the second user in the virtual world.04-07-2011
20110154222EXTENSIBLE MECHANISM FOR CONVEYING FEATURE CAPABILITIES IN CONVERSATION SYSTEMS - Feature capabilities of conversation clients are conveyed to participants in a conversation such that real time decisions can be made and a common set of capabilities are selected to be used in the conversation. User interfaces of participating clients are then adjusted to reflect those capabilities. Further decisions and adjustments may be performed during the conversation in response to changes in participating clients and their capabilities.06-23-2011
20110083085Rules-Based Fan Interaction Engine, System and Method - A rules-based fan interaction engine, system and method. The engine, system and method include a fan interaction software mechanism for execution by one or more computing processors, including at least one data source associated with at least one relational computing database including a plurality of data indicative of at least two media talents, at least one network communication engine that allows for interactive, real time communications between one or more mobile communication units, and at least one administrative engine for administrating the interactive, real time communications between the at least two users.04-07-2011
20120304078METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR JOINING A MEETING USING THE PRESENCE STATUS OF A CONTACT - In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a contact list displayed on a display screen, the contact list being arranged to display a contact associated with a user. The method also includes identifying the contact having an associated first presence status indicator, and activating the first presence status indicator. The first presence status indicator indicates a participation of the contact in a meeting, and is presented on the display screen. Activating the first presence status indicator causes information arranged to enable a user to join the meeting to be presented on the display screen.11-29-2012
20120304077ACCESSING WINDOW PIXEL DATA FOR APPLICATION SHARING - Screen sharing in which image pixel data operable to display one or more user interface windows associated with at least one shared application is retrieved from a memory. The retrieving excludes image pixel data operable to display at least one other display object currently contained in a user interface of said computer. The retrieved image pixel data is combined into a shared image.11-29-2012
20120304076METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EXCHANGING CONTEXTUAL KEYS - A method and device for presenting contextual data to a participant in a collaboration. A first computing device determines that a first participant associated with the first computing device is participating in a communications session with a second participant associated with a second computing device. The first computing device determines a first plurality of contextual keys. The first computing device receives a second plurality of contextual keys from the second computing device. The first computing device identifies a plurality of contextual items based on the first plurality of contextual keys and the second plurality of contextual keys, and presents a user interface depicting a plurality of contextual item references, wherein each contextual item reference corresponds to one of the plurality of contextual items.11-29-2012
20120304075SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGEMENT OF MOTIONS - An online system allows multiple participants, in geographically diverse locations, to consider and vote upon a motion or other document. The system enables the participants to post questions and comments, and to propose that a motion be broken up into clauses, and to vote both on the proposed manner of breakup of the motion, and on the motion itself. The votes of the participants may be weighted in accordance with rules which are previously set. The participants may vote to link certain clauses, such that linked clauses may be treated in accordance with certain rules to which the participants shall have agreed.11-29-2012
20110078588Facilitating Real-time Communications in Electronic Message Boards - A method is provided in which a message board server receives a message that is posted by a first user and transmits a link to another user of the message board. When the link is activated, a communications session is established between the user who activated the link and a telecommunications session recipient.03-31-2011
20110061005METHOD, DEVICE, AND SYSTEM FOR IMPLEMENTING ELECTRONIC WHITEBOARD IN AUDIO/VIDEO CONFERENCE - A method, a device, and a system for implementing an electronic whiteboard in an audio/video conference are provided. The method includes the following steps. An electronic whiteboard is created. A first extended message is sent to a first user equipment (UE) and a second UE in a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) audio/video conference, so as to instruct the first UE and the second UE to initialize the electronic whiteboard. A second extended message containing an operation instruction of the electronic whiteboard sent by the first UE is received. The second extended SIP INFO message is sent to the second UE. Thus, a function of the electronic whiteboard is integrated in an SIP audio/video conference.03-10-2011
20110035684Collaborative Virtual Reality System Using Multiple Motion Capture Systems and Multiple Interactive Clients - A collaborative virtual reality system includes a first motion capture system and a second motion capture system. The first motion capture system and the second motion capture system configured to interact over a network to produce a single virtual reality environment.02-10-2011
20110061004Use of Communicator Application to Establish Communication with Experts - A system is provided for using a communicator application to identify experts and to establish communication with experts. A computing device in the system causes a display device to display a graphical user interface (GUI) of the communicator application to a first user. The communicator application is an application that initiates communication sessions between users. Subsequently, the computing device receives search input via the GUI. The search input indicates a type of expertise. After the computing device receives the search input, the computing device causes the display device to display a user identifier within the GUI, the user identifier identifying a second user. The second user possesses the type of expertise indicated by the search input.03-10-2011
20090241035USER CREATED TAGS FOR ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKING - The present invention provides a social networking system and method by which customized tags can be created by a registered user in an online social networking environment and distributed to facilitate social networking. The tags represent personal characteristics and preferences associated with users of the online social networking environment. A graphical user interface (GUI) is provided in the online social networking website that enables a specific user to create and customize tags. Tags can be embeddable in that a user can insert the tag in a website GUI for display. Also, tags may have embedded content, e.g. a photo, a song, a profile page location, etc and may be sponsored or traded in the social networking website. Also a skin that shows the personal profile page GUI style may be customized, sponsored, or traded.09-24-2009
20080229216Attribute Visualization of Attendees to an Electronic Meeting - A server publishes a poll to one or more attendee clients to an electronic conference. The poll permits each attendee to select one of several choices as the vote of the respective attendee. Initially an attendee may have a default choice assigned to him, for example, undecided. The server may show a hypertext page that includes an image or persona icon of the attendee located within a panel that has the current vote that an attendee has chosen or, by default, been assigned.09-18-2008
20110161835INITIATING COMMUNICATIONS WITH WEB PAGE VISITORS AND KNOWN CONTACTS - Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for initiating communication between two users among several users while at least one of the two users is browsing a web page. User information is collected about each user among the several users. Page information is collected about what web page each user among the several users is browsing. A portion of the user information and page information for a first user and a second user is shared between the first user and the second user when a predetermined criterion is met, and request by the first user to initiate communication with the second user is processed.06-30-2011
20110161834Systems and Methods for Restoring and Recreating a Live On-Line Session - A system and method for restoring and recreating a live, on-line session are disclosed. The method instantiates a virtual room on a server for an on-line session, in which one or more participating client computers may connect to the server and enter the virtual room to participate in the on-line session, retrieves a recording of an original on-line session, in which the recording includes a recorded state and a recorded timeline of events of the original on-line session, and restores the recorded state of the original on-line session, in which the restoring sets a state of the virtual room to the recorded state of the original on-line session. The method also begins playback of the recorded timeline of events, steps through the recorded timeline of events, receives interactive responses to events on the recorded timeline of events, in which the receiving receives interactive responses from the one or more participating client computers, and stores the interactive responses.06-30-2011
20120311462SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN INTERACTIVE MOBILE-OPTIMIZED ICON-BASED PROFESSIONAL PROFILE DISPLAY AND ASSOCIATED SEARCH, MATCHING AND SOCIAL NETWORK - An icon-based interactive professional profile, search and matching system configured within professional network platforms and technologies enabling a user to generate a personalized interactive icon-based business or resume profile representing icon profile elements optimized for display and functionality on mobile devices. The icon profile system utilizes and integrates selected personalized icon profile elements and associated data for searching, compatibility matching, invitations, communities, and calendar functions. In professional network environments, icon elements are unitized to aggregate users based on a selected icon profile element and in further environments automatically compare and report compatibility between unknown users, which vastly improves professional network functionality.12-06-2012
20120311461METAPHOR ELICITATION TOOL - Participants in a metaphor elicitation study may be remotely queried to select images which they associate with a prescribed topic of inquiry, and then asked to textually input responses to one or more questions relating to the selected images and/or the topic of inquiry. The group of images from which each participant selects images may be predetermined by the study administrator.12-06-2012
20110055729User Interface for a Large Scale Multi-User, Multi-Touch System - A large scale multi-user, multi-touch system with a specialized zone-based user interface including methods for space management and spatial apportioning of audio cues. The system comprises a multi-touch display component fabricated in dimensions sufficient for at least a plurality of users and for displaying projected images and for receiving multi-touch input. The apparatus includes a plurality of image projectors, a plurality of cameras for sensing multi-touch input and the apparatus includes interface software for managing user space. The interface software implements techniques for managing multiple users using the same user interface component by allocating physical spaces within the multi-touch display component and coordinating movement of displayed objects between the physical spaces. Embodiments include a plurality of audio transducers and methods for performing audio spatialization using the plurality of audio transducers corresponding to the physical spaces, apportioning of volume levels to the audio transducers based on movement of a displayed object.03-03-2011
20110055728Method and System for Filtering Movements Between Virtual Environments - In response to a teleport request, teleport destination characteristics are determined and compared against preferences, characteristics and restrictions of an avatar as indicated by metadata or tags to determine if the teleport destination is suitable for teleportation of that avatar. If the destination is found unsuitable, a search is conducted, preferably based on unmatched metadata of the avatar or the destination to suggest or directly substitute a suitable teleportation destination. Metadata for the avatar and the destination can include metadata which is dynamic (such as destination occupancy or processing capacity) adaptively developed or based on current or historical usage and virtual universe system status.03-03-2011
20110055727System and Method for Using Partial Teleportation or Relocation in Virtual Worlds - The processing burden of rendering incident to a full teleportation operation in a virtual universe is avoided while contact with particular teleport destinations is promoted by provision of a partial teleportation facility such as a virtual kiosk as an object within a virtual universe (which may be sponsored or owned by users wishing to promote particular teleportation destinations) at which an avatar can view previously rendered images of portions of one or more teleportation destinations. Limited interaction and simulated travel within the teleportation destination can be achieved through image manipulation and updates rather than rendering. An avatar image can be displayed in connection with both the object and the teleport destination with, preferably control of only one avatar image while the other is displayed using a low resolution image. Full teleportation can be initiated automatically upon detection of a particular condition such as duration of an avatar presence at the location of the partial teleportation facility object. When full teleportation is initiated, the processing intensive rendering can be supplemented from image data representing the portion or the teleportation destination, thus hiding rendering delays and simulating seamless, instantaneous response to the full teleportation operation.03-03-2011
20110055726PROVIDING ALTERNATIVE REPRESENTATIONS OF VIRTUAL CONTENT IN A VIRTUAL UNIVERSE - An invention for automatically reducing a load on a server functioning with a virtual universe is provided. In one embodiment, there is an alternative representation tool, including a detection component configured to detect a load on a server, and a determination component configured to determine whether the load on the server exceeds a predefined threshold. The alternative representation tool further comprises a rendering component configured to provide an alternative representation of a virtual content renderable in the virtual universe to reduce the load on the server in the case that the load on the server exceeds the predefined threshold.03-03-2011
20110055725TAKING ACTION UPON USERS IN A SOCIAL NETWORKING SYSTEM WITH RESPECT TO A PURPOSE BASED ON COMPATIBILITY OF THE USERS TO THE PURPOSE - Techniques are described herein that are capable of taking action upon users in a social networking system with respect to a purpose based on compatibility of the users to the purpose. The action may be further based on compatibility of the users and the purpose to a venue. Example actions include but are not limited to recommending users for a purpose and/or a venue; recommending a purpose for users and/or a venue; recommending a venue for users and/or a purpose; inviting users to join a group, to attend an event, or to perform an action; etc. For instance, the social networking system may include a network manager that performs a compatibility analysis with respect to attributes of users, a purpose, and/or a venue, respectively. The network manager may take an action upon the users (or a subset thereof) based on the results of the compatibility analysis.03-03-2011
20120204116METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A MULTI-USER SMART DISPLAY FOR DISPLAYING MULTIPLE SIMULTANEOUS SESSIONS - A method and apparatus are provided for establishing a multi-user session having a plurality of users according to a general profile, the general profile comprising at least a desktop appearance specific to the multi-user session, receiving a session request from a first user of the plurality of users, retrieving a user profile for the first user, detecting a window position for the session request and generating a first user session for the first user at the window position based on the user profile, the user profile comprising at least a desktop appearance specific to the first user wherein the first user session runs simultaneously with the multi-user session and simultaneously displaying the multi-user session and the first user session, the first user session being displayed at a location corresponding to the detected window position.08-09-2012
20100325559SMART NOTEBOOK - Techniques are disclosed herein for allowing sharing of notes and ideas between electronic devices. The presence of a number of electronic devices is determined. A determination is made that the electronic devices are to be part of a shared workspace. A shared workspace is generated for the electronic devices. The shared workspace is displayed on a display screen of at least one of the electronic devices. The shared workspace that is displayed may be based on the capabilities of the electronic device. The shared workspace that is displayed may reflect the location of the electronic devices.12-23-2010
20100325561MEETING LOBBY FOR WEB CONFERENCING - A conferencing system provides the scheduling of virtual meetings with meeting lobbies so that a meeting presenter can conduct a virtual meeting without the need to send out invitations to attendees. A person that wants to conduct a virtual meeting can schedule with the conferencing system a meeting with a meeting lobby. The meeting lobby has an address, but there is no associated privileged information, such as a meeting password. Would-be meeting attendees use the meeting lobby address to enter the meeting lobby as visitors in the lobby, and request to enter the meeting from the meeting lobby. A meeting presenter can then either grant authorization for a visitor in the meeting lobby to enter the meeting, or deny authorization for a visitor in the meeting lobby to enter the meeting. If a visitor in the meeting lobby is denied authorization to enter the meeting from the meeting lobby, the conferencing system removes the visitor from the meeting lobby.12-23-2010
20080250335Method and Apparatus for Enhancing Instant Messaging Systems - The present invention provides a method, apparatus, and computer instructions for organizing threads in an instant messaging session. Instant messages are received from a list of contacts. Each of these messages are stored in a set of folders, wherein each folders in the set of folders stores messages for a contact in the number of contacts. Each file is linked for access though a graphical user interface. Message threads are handled by displaying a primary dialog window, wherein the primary dialog window includes an ongoing conversation pane and an outgoing message pane. Responsive to a user input identifying a new thread, a secondary dialog window is displayed, wherein the secondary dialog window includes an ongoing conversation pane and an outgoing message pane. Responses to outgoing messages sent from the outgoing message pane are displayed in the primary dialog window in the ongoing conversation pane in the primary dialog window. Responses to outgoing messages sent from the outgoing message pane in the secondary dialog window are displayed in the ongoing conversation pane in the secondary dialog window, wherein the primary dialog window and the secondary dialog window.10-09-2008
20110258560AUTOMATIC GATHERING AND DISTRIBUTION OF TESTIMONIAL CONTENT - A testimonial promotion system is described herein that automatically identifies content that has a positive sentiment for a topic that an organization cares about and includes identified content in a promotional location for the organization. The system provides a mechanism by which to view, filter, moderate, classify, and re-publish this content from multiple social media sites into a feed that can be consumed on first and third party websites. The system automatically pre-filters content based on base criteria, and then optionally queues the content for review by human moderators. After moderation, the system aggregates content from all sites into one or more feeds and publishes the feeds for consumption by one or more sites. The system spreads positive messages about the organization to a wider audience and allows consumers considering the organization's products or services to have awareness of past positive experiences with the organization that the consumers might not otherwise discover.10-20-2011
20110258561METHOD, SYSTEM AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PARTICIPATING IN SOCIAL MEDIA SITES ON BEHALF OF ENTITY - A software-based dashboard interface on computing units enables user participation in social media sites on a global computer network on behalf of an entity. Contributors collaborate via the dashboards to have electronic conversations regarding existing postings and/or ideas for new postings on social media sites regarding or affecting the entity. One or more of the users develop a proposed posting(s) regarding or affecting the entity and intended for a social media site(s) on the global computer network. A computer-assisted approval process is performed by an Approver for one or more of the proposed posting(s). One or more approved postings are then posted to the social media site(s) via a computing unit(s). A Conversation Manager manages the collaboration, development and posting.10-20-2011
20110016409System for Establishing Online Collaborators for Collaborating on a Network-Hosted Project - A system for hosting multiple collaborators in real time, the collaborators contributing content and or edits to content in an image and or text-based project hosted on a data network through a Website accessible to the collaborators by computer browser includes a server connected to the data network, the server having access to a digital medium containing an executable graphics user interface (GUI) for contributing content and for editing content, and a collaborator configuration interface available through the Website enabling a user to designate one or more other users as approved for collaboration on a given project. Users who are approved to collaborate have real time access to the image and or text-based project through their own versions of the network-based GUI.01-20-2011
20120204117METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A MULTI-USER SMART DISPLAY FOR DISPLAYING MULTIPLE SIMULTANEOUS SESSIONS - A method and apparatus are provided for establishing a multi-user session having a plurality of users according to a general profile, the general profile comprising at least a desktop appearance specific to the multi-user session, receiving a session request from a first user of the plurality of users, retrieving a user profile for the first user, detecting a window position for the session request and generating a first user session for the first user at the window position based on the user profile, the user profile comprising at least a desktop appearance specific to the first user wherein the first user session runs simultaneously with the multi-user session and simultaneously displaying the multi-user session and the first user session, the first user session being displayed at a location corresponding to the detected window position.08-09-2012
20120151383PRESENTING CONTENT ITEMS SHARED WITHIN SOCIAL NETWORKS - Within a social network, a user may establish a set of contacts who share with the user various content items and comments related thereto. However, these content items are often hosted by a content source outside of the social network, and the user may have to transition to the content source to view the content item, and then transition back to the social network to submit a comment. Instead, a device may monitor the social network to record shared content items. When the user requests a presentation of the content source, the content items hosted by the content source that have been shared with the user may be included in the presentation. The presentation of the content source may also accept comments from the user regarding a content item, and send the comments to the social network where the content item was shared with the user.06-14-2012
20100293477METHOD FOR MANAGING THE DISPLAY OR DELETION OF A USER REPRESENTATION IN A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT - A method is provided for displaying a representation of a user in a virtual environment in which a plurality of user representations evolves. The method includes the following steps for a given user: determination of a destination zone in the virtual environment in which the representation of the user is to be rendered; determination of an appearance zone in the virtual environment; displaying of the representation in the appearance zone; and automatic movement of the representation from the appearance zone to the destination zone.11-18-2010
20100293476PEER BASED SOCIAL NETWORK DATING ENVIRONMENT - A method and information processing system for operating a matching service is disclosed. One method includes displaying a first social network and a second social network associated with a user of an interactive environment. The first and second social networks include one or more members of the interactive environment that are linked to the user. A selection of at least a first member in the first social network and at least a second member in the second social network is received from the user. The first member and the second member are free from association with each other. A connection request to the first member and the second member are sent for linking the first member and the second member together in response to receiving the selection of the first member and the second member.11-18-2010
20110126130METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR BROWSER-BASED SCREEN SHARING - A method for remote screen sharing using only web-browsers is described. The presenter opens a web page containing an applet that sends the screen data to the server. The presenter may share their entire screen, or may only share a specially marked active display area. The server stores the data and makes it available viewers. Viewers are able to view the presenters screen directly in the web browser, without any downloads, plug-ins, or dialog boxes.05-26-2011
20110126128FUTURE INSIGHT MAPS AND ASSOCIATED TOOLS - A diverse group of participants using on one or more client machines is enabled to generate on a user interface their solicited responses about any set of two or more independent variables that underlie a complex issue. The two or more independent variables are applied against each other. A likely outcome is predicted, wherein an application resident on a server is configured to integrate the solicited responses from the participants. The results are displayed on the display of the client machines to enable the participants to view. The participants are to develop insights related to the complex issue based on reviewing the results.05-26-2011
20110126127System and method for collaboratively communicating on images and saving those communications and images in a standard known format - A network apparatus system and method of use adapted for viewing, illustrating, consulting and collaborating on medical images and saving images and illustrations in acceptable DICOM format. Specifically, a Consultant Client or a plurality of Consultant Clients having the capability to view still and streaming video medical images, then illustrating over those images with the ability to save those images. Also a Collaborator Client, a person user or a plurality of Collaborator Clients having the ability to remotely view streaming or still medical images and illustrating over those images. The Collaborator Clients can draw, telestrate and annotate over those images with the ability to save those images. The Collaborator Client also has the ability to work in partnership with other Collaborator Clients, each Collaborator Client viewing the same medical image and each illustrating on the image and each being able to view all users illustrations and medical image simultaneously.05-26-2011
20110055730User-Customizable Electronic Virtual Exhibit Reproduction System - Methods and systems for delivery of a virtual exhibit are disclosed. In one aspect, a method of delivering a virtual exhibit to an attendee of a physical event includes receiving an indication of interest from an attendee that identifies at least one physical exhibit at an event, the indication of interest including an identifier associated with the attendee. The method further includes storing an association between the attendee and the exhibit, and receiving a request from the attendee to view a virtual event. The method also includes displaying the virtual event to the attendee, the virtual event including a virtual exhibit corresponding to the at least one physical exhibit.03-03-2011
20110138302PSEUDONAMING ANONYMOUS PARTICIPANTS - One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed herein for assigning familiar pseudonames to anonymous user members in a shared online environment. Creation of a name pool is provided for using a programmed processor disposed in a computing device. The name pool includes familiar names that may be contextually relevant to a group of user members in the shared online environment. A name from the name pool is provided for assignment to an anonymous user member in the shared online environment, where assignment of the name is, at least in part, based on characteristics of the anonymous user member relative to the shared online environment.06-09-2011
20110138305Method and system for random matching and real-time compatibility assessment to facilitate serendipitous dating - A method and system for random matching of two individuals from within computer generated virtual pools of individuals with means for rapid, real-time, interactive assessment of their mutual compatibility on mobile and computer devices. Participating individuals indicate via device interfaces their availability for matching and the system determines and registers their locations. Participating individuals place requests for matching and the system algorithmically constructs proximity based virtual matching pools. For each matching request, an individual is selected randomly from the virtual matching pool and the two matched individuals are placed in a real-time, synchronous, compatibility assessment session. The system presents the matched individuals with a sequence of questions, tabulates the individual responses, calculates a matching score, and displays the matching score simultaneously to both participants in the compatibility assessment session. If the structured compatibility assessment session indicates a high degree of compatibility, the system facilitates a meeting between the matched individuals.06-09-2011
20110138304User generated media list interfaces with social networking - There are provided interfaces for user generated media lists with social networking. There is provided a method for providing an interface on a display for user generated media lists with social networking, the method comprising: presenting, on the display, a plurality of media assets for selection into a user media list, determining that the user media list is fully populated, receiving a request to share the user media list through a social networking service, validating credentials for a user account to be associated with the user media list, generating a unique locator for viewing of the user media list, and sending an update including the unique locator via the social networking service. In this manner, users can leverage the dynamics of social networking to motivate others to create and share lists, providing a “viral” effect to drive additional traffic and create promotional opportunities.06-09-2011
20110138303Method for Capturing Collaborative, Real-Time Feedback on Socio-Technical Interactions in a Virtual Environment and Graphically Displaying the Interaction Patterns for Later Review - A method provides users with a simple way to give real-time feedback during a collaborative activity in a virtual environment, which can then be captured and synchronized with other aspects of the interactions such as verbal communication, text messaging, and the activity they were completing for later review. The patterns of activity can then be displayed graphically to easily visualize the patterns of interactions that occurred during the collaboration. Comments by reviewers can be inserted into the record of the interaction after looking over the graphical display.06-09-2011
20100205543Method for Carrying Out a Multimedia Communication Based on a Network Protocol, Particularly TCP/IP and/or UDP - The invention relates to a process for executing a multimedia communication, in particular a video, audio and/or text chat, between a totality of terminals (08-12-2010
20110087973DISTRIBUTED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGEMENT OF MULTIPLE USERS AND WORKSPACES - A distributed system for managing users and workspaces comprises a network cloud comprising at least one server configured to store and run at least one application and at least one meeting appliance configured to communicate with the network cloud, to run the at least one application on the network cloud, and to display output of the at least application on the meeting appliance.04-14-2011
20110099485ACOUSTIC ECHO CANCELLATION (AEC) WITH CONFERENCING ENVIRONMENT TEMPLATES (CETs) - In at least some embodiments, a computer system includes a processor and a network interface coupled to the processor. The computer system also includes a system memory coupled to the processor, the system memory storing a communication application having a conferencing user interface. The conferencing user interface, when executed, enables a user to set up a conferencing session by selecting one of a plurality of conferencing environment templates (CETs). Each CET is matched to one of a plurality of different sets of acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) parameters to be applied during the conferencing session.04-28-2011
20110093796GENERATION AND DATA MANAGEMENT OF A MEDICAL STUDY USING INSTRUMENTS IN AN INTEGRATED MEDIA AND MEDICAL SYSTEM - In general, a computer-implemented method is described for receiving one or more requests to generate a medical study, retrieving from one or more data repositories one or more medical study instruments, receiving a selection of a particular medical study instrument to use in the medical study, generating by one or more computers a list of one or more research collaborators invited to review the medical study, and generating by one or more computers a list of one of more participants invited to join the medical study.04-21-2011
20100115424WEB-BASED LANGUAGE TRANSLATION MEMORY COMPILATION AND APPLICATION - Suggested edits to translated text are enabled to be provided by users. The suggested edits are associated with the translated text in a content database. A subsequent user may view the translated text and any associated suggested edits. The subsequent user may be enabled to approve a suggested edit to the translated text. The translated text is enabled to be displayed as modified according to the approved suggested edit. This may include enabling multiple instances of the translated text to be displayed as modified according to the suggested edit if the translated text occurs multiple times (e.g., appears multiple times in one or more documents) in the content database. Further users that attempt to view the translated text in a document of the content database will be provided with the modified version of the translated text.05-06-2010
20090300518CONTACT GROUP DYNAMICS IN NETWORKED COMMUNICATION DEVICES - A communications terminal (12-03-2009
20090293002Method for generating a set user identifiers associated with user introduction information, method for accessing this information, associated server and terminal - The invention pertains to a method for generating a set (11-26-2009
20110154223Interface for Sharing Posts About a Live Online Event Among Users of a Social Networking System - An external system (e.g., a website) is associated with an event and includes an interface that allows users to interact with streams of content associated with a social networking system. The interface allows a user to provide posts about the event via the interface, where the posts are displayed in the interface and also in a social networking interface on social networking system in connection with the user and other users associated with that user. The user can view, via the interface on the external system, posts from all users that are provided via the interface (e.g., everyone watching the event), thereby increasing the likelihood that the posts are relevant to the event. The user can also view, via the interface, posts from users associated with the user via the social networking system (e.g., friends of the user), regardless of where those are posted.06-23-2011
20110197146Assisting The Authoring Of Posts To An Asymmetric Social Network - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for assisting the authoring of posts to an asymmetric social network. In one aspect, a method performed by a system of one or more data processing devices includes receiving, at the system, an identification of an electronic document that is available on the Internet, the system identifying image content in the electronic document, the system filtering the identified image content, the system triggering presentation of the filtered image content to an author of a post to an asymmetric social network, the system receiving a selection of a first image from amongst the presented image content, and the system adding the first image to a post to the asymmetric social network.08-11-2011
20110197147PROJECTED DISPLAY SHARED WORKSPACES - Systems, methods, and devices are provided for creating a shared workspace where images may be shared between projected displays. In one embodiment, electronic devices each may include a projector that produces a projected display and a camera that detects gestures made with respect to the projected displays. The electronic devices may interpret gestures on the projected displays to identify image sharing commands for sharing images between the projected displays. The electronic devices may be connected through a communication link that allows the electronic devices to share image data for producing images on any of the projected displays included within the shared workspace.08-11-2011
20100031164METHOD FOR PROVIDING A VIRTUAL WORLD LAYER - A method for providing virtual world functionality to a user of a base virtual world having base virtual world functionality, including providing a virtual world layer having virtual world layer functionality beyond the base virtual world functionality, coupling the virtual world layer to the base virtual world and coupling the virtual world layer to the user. User access to the base virtual world functionality and to the virtual world layer functionality by the virtual world layer is provided.02-04-2010
20100023877CONVERSATION DETECTION IN A VIRTUAL WORLD - Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to virtual world management and provide a method, data processing system and computer program product for conversation detection in a virtual world. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for conversation management in a virtual world data processing system can include detecting a sequence of statements from at least two avatars in a virtual world, and locating the avatars in the virtual world, computing a temporal proximity of the statements. The statements can be grouped in the virtual world if the avatars are geographically proximate to one another in the virtual world and if the statements have occurred within a threshold temporal proximity of one another. Thereafter, the grouped statements can be persisted in the virtual world as a conversation.01-28-2010
20100023876System and Method for Reducing Bandwidth Requirements of a Presentation Transmitted Across a Network - An apparatus and method for reducing network bandwidth requirements associated with presentations transmitted over a network is disclosed. The method includes receiving information associated with a presentation at a remote site, and connecting to an on-line conference and accessing the presentation. The method also includes during the presentation, receiving control commands at the remote site, converting the control commands into navigation commands for controlling screen displays of the presentation at the remote site, and executing the navigation commands in a presentation software tool at the remote location to view information associated with the presentation.01-28-2010
20100017727SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WHITEBOARD COLLABORATION AND ANNOTATION - A method for conducting a collaborative web-based whiteboard session, including receiving one or more whiteboard annotations in first units in a first client application component, converting the one or more whiteboard annotations from the first units into second units by utilizing a software component associated with the first client application component, sending the one or more whiteboard annotations, in the second units, to a second client application component, converting the one or more whiteboard annotations received from the first client application component from the second units into coordinates specific to the second client application component, and presenting the one or more whiteboard annotations using the coordinates specific to the second client application component to a user through the second client application component.01-21-2010
20080215991ADVERTISING TOOL FOR THE INTERNET - It is disclosed an improved advertising tool for attracting viewers' attention to the advertised material on the Internet. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention the advertising tool provides an interactive banner for the purpose of displaying advertising content on web sites. The interactive banner is enabled to display a sequence of creative scenes that are dynamically changed according to an input or inputs from the user. Each of the creative scenes may be a recorded or live video stream, an audio stream, a text, a graphical image, combinations thereof, and so on. In accordance with another embodiment the disclosed advertising tool establishes a virtual meeting with a representative (e.g., a sale representative) and a viewer. The virtual meeting may be in the form of a live video stream, an audio stream, an online chat, or any combination therefore. Any communication between the representative and viewer may be encrypted.09-04-2008
20130014029ACCESSING WINDOW PIXEL DATA FOR APPLICATION SHARING - Screen sharing in which image pixel data operable to display one or more user interface windows associated with at least one shared application is retrieved from a memory. The retrieving excludes image pixel data operable to display at least one other display object currently contained in a user interface of said computer. The retrieved image pixel data is combined into a shared image.01-10-2013
20110307806MULTIPLE PARTY DECISION PROCESS - The present invention is directed to a multiple party decision process. The parties include an inquirer and an audience. The inquirer posts a question along with a series of weighted factors statements that are analyzed according to a function. The output of the function is represented in a visual indicator proximate to the weighted factors. The audience may modify factor statements, both existing and potential. Modifications to the quantity or weights of the factor statements may compel a recalculation of the weighted factor statements according to the function with a changed representation of the visual indicator.12-15-2011
20110307805MINIMIZING DELAYS IN WEB CONFERENCE SWITCHES BETWEEN PRESENTERS AND APPLICATIONS - A method for minimizing delays in web conference switches between presenters and applications may include receiving a key frame of content selected by a user for sharing in response to the user being a presenter and having content to share. The method may also include storing the key frame of the selected content in a buffer in response to the user not being a current presenter. The method may additionally include sharing the key frame of the content with participants of the web conference, by the processing device, in response to an indication that a previous presenter has completed his presentation and the user being a next presenter in a presenter queue.12-15-2011
20120042264CONFIGURING A POLICY FOR SHARING BROWSER HISTORY - A browser history is shared with peers in a social network by configuring a policy. What websites and what members are to be shared are defined in the policy. A history of the usage of the links to the defined websites by the defined members is gathered. The browser histories are published to a social networking service. The links are displayed to the user with a representation identifying the usage by the members.02-16-2012
20090172565Systems, Devices, and Methods for Sharing Content - Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a method that can include: sending software to a first information device and to a second information device, the software adapted to cause display of information regarding user-selected items; and providing content to the software running on the second information device, the software adapted to cause the content to be rendered via the second information device.07-02-2009
20090172564Geographic Location Notification Based On Identity Linking - A user maintains notification setting information having temporal periods capable of controlling, at least in part, the dissemination of information describing the on-line presence of the user within an instant messaging system or the geographic location of one or more mobile communications devices used by the user. The user may use multiple identities to communicate within the instant messaging system and/or with the mobile communications device or devices. The user can maintain sets of temporal periods for each of the multiple identities. Only one identity may be used at a specific time to communicate to a specific other identity, but the multiple identities of the user may be linked such that on-line presence and/or geographic location associated with one of the identities is disseminated based on the temporal periods set for one or more of the multiple identities.07-02-2009
20130185652SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY CHANGING THE CONTENT OF AN INTERNET WEB PAGE - A host Web page includes an evolving interactive dialog box wherein an Internet user may enter user data to be processed. When the user completes entering user data in a first revolution of the interactive dialog box, the first revolution is replaced with a second revolution of the evolving interactive dialog box without disturbing or affecting any other part of the host Web page being displayed. Beneficially, the first and second revolutions may be communicated to a user computer together with and at a same time as the host Web page. Also, the second revolution may include a variety of data which is selected or customized to match the user data submitted in the first revolution. Each revolution of the evolving interactive dialog box may be comprised of any combination of general textual data entry fields, category (pull-down) menus, contact information data entry fields, and opt-in/opt-out buttons.07-18-2013
20120042265Information Processing Device, Information Processing Method, Computer Program, and Content Display System - A method is provided for initiating display of information relating to content having a plurality of portions. The method comprises acquiring a capability of a first user device in a first location and a capability of a second user device in a second location. The method further comprises respectively acquiring, from the first and second user devices, information identifying first and second ones of the content portions. The method still further comprises generating signals for respectively displaying representations of the first and second user devices as indications of the first and second content portions.02-16-2012
20120042266Method for providing a private and confidential web-based discussion forum where participants can develop ideas and solutions to various problems in a controlled and managed environment - We present a method to provide a private and confidential web-based discussion forum where participants can develop ideas and solutions to various problems in a controlled and managed environment. The primary user of the method posts a challenge, inquiry for solutions to problems, or ideas on a website accessible only upon permission by the primary user. The primary user invites a targeted group of people, hereinafter referred as participants, of her choice to post comments, ideas, and feedback towards finding a solution to the primary user's challenge, inquiry or idea. Upon access to the website the participants post their comments, ideas, feedback to the original challenge and to the subsequent ideas, comments and suggestions. The resulting discussion and exchange of ideas and opinions between participants leads to understanding of the issues and problems associated to the challenge, creations of ideas and maturing of ideas towards finding the best solution to the original challenge. Consequently the invention provides the user with a means to tap into the collective brain power of groups of people such as organizations, customers, and institutions in a crowd-sourcing way.02-16-2012
20120042263SOCIAL-TOPICAL ADAPTIVE NETWORKING (STAN) SYSTEM ALLOWING FOR COOPERATIVE INTER-COUPLING WITH EXTERNAL SOCIAL NETWORKING SYSTEMS AND OTHER CONTENT SOURCES - A cross-pollination subsystem is provided within a Social-Topical Adaptive Networking (STAN) system. The cross-pollination subsystem cooperatively interacts with external platforms to bring fresh cross-pollination data to topic nodes or on-topic Notes Exchange rings (TCONE's) of the STAN system. Users are provided with an interface that allows them to browse through the cross-pollinated topic space to thereby connect with online content sources that are likely to correspond to topics of interest currently on the minds of the STAN system users.02-16-2012
20120210251INFORMATION MANAGEMENT DETAILED TASK SCHEDULER SYSTEM - A method for managing information relating to a deployment of changes in order to communicate some or all the information to users includes providing an interface to a plurality of users at a plurality of workstations accessible by one or more of the users, receiving information comprising initiative data corresponding to each of the plurality of changes, the initiative data comprising data relating to a plurality of parameters corresponding to each of the plurality of changes, initiating display of some or all the initiative data corresponding to some or all the plurality of changes, logging event data related to a plurality of events associated with the deployment of the plurality of changes, the event data comprising change status data indicating a status of at least one of the plurality of changes, and initiating display of at least some of the event data to the users via the interface.08-16-2012
20120047448SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SOCIAL BROWSING USING AGGREGATED PROFILES - Systems and methods are disclosed for providing social crowd data for a number of social locations. In one embodiment, a social browsing system processes social crowd requests using social locations collected for users over time. In one embodiment, upon receiving a social crowd request, for each of one or more social locations identified for the social crowd request, the social browsing system identifies a social crowd for the social location. Optionally, the social crowds may be filtered. Social crowd data is generated for the social locations based on user profiles of the users in the corresponding social crowds. In one embodiment, the social crowd data is returned to a user device of a requesting user. In another embodiment, the social browsing system visualizes the social crowd data and returns the visualized social crowd data to the user device of the requesting user for presentation to the requesting user.02-23-2012
20120047449INTEGRATING A USER BROWSING FEED INTO A CO-BROWSING SESSION - A method for integrating a user browsing feed into a co-browsing session may include allowing a computing device of a user in a co-browsing session to independently navigate a network from each other user in the co-browsing session. The method may also provide an indication of content being viewed by each other user in the co-browsing session on the computing device of the user.02-23-2012
20120210252Methods and systems for using management of evaluation processes based on multiple observations of and data relating to persons performing a task to be evaluated - In one embodiment, a computer implemented method for facilitating performance evaluation of a task by one or more observed persons comprises: creating an observation workflow associated with the performance evaluation of the task by the one or more observed persons and stored on a memory device; associating a first observation to the workflow, the observation comprising any one of a direct observation, a multimedia captured observation, and a walkthrough survey; providing, through a user interface of a first computer device, a list of selectable steps to a first user, wherein each step is a step to be performed to complete the first observation; receiving a step selection from the first user selecting one or more steps from the list of selectable steps; associating a second user to the workflow; and sending a first notification of the one or more steps to the second user through the user interface.08-16-2012
20120210250OBTAINING AND DISPLAYING RELEVANT STATUS UPDATES FOR PRESENTATION DURING PLAYBACK OF A MEDIA CONTENT STREAM BASED ON CROWDS - Systems and methods are provided for obtaining status updates relevant to a segment of a media content stream for presentation during playback. In general, a status updating service collects status updates sent by users via corresponding mobile devices of the users. A media playback device of a user receives a media content stream and obtains data defining a time of capture and, in some embodiments, a location of capture of a segment of the media content stream. Either prior to or during playback of the media content stream, the media playback device obtains status updates that are relevant to the segment of the media content stream directly or indirectly from the status updating service. The media playback device then presents the relevant status updates, or at least a subset thereof, during playback of the media content stream and preferably during playback of the segment of the media content stream.08-16-2012
20120005599Visual Cues in Web Conferencing - A web conferencing system includes web conferencing server for outputting a visual presentation which includes a visual cue. The visual cue is linked with an executable action. A visual robot operated by the web conferencing server graphically recognizes the visual cue when the visual presentation is displayed in a web conference, and associates the visual cue with the executable action. The executable action is then executed.01-05-2012
20110167357Scenario-Based Content Organization and Retrieval - Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for scenario-based content categorization, retrieval, and presentation are disclosed. At a first moment in time, a first event scenario is detected by a mobile device, where the first event scenario is defined by one or more participants and one or more contextual cues concurrently monitored by the mobile device and observable to a human user of the mobile device. An information bundle is created in real-time for the first event scenario, where the information bundle includes one or more documents accessed during the first event scenario and is retrievable according to the one or more contextual cues. Access to the one or more documents is automatically provided on the mobile device during a second event scenario that is related to the first event scenario by one or more common contextual cues. Other scenario-based content retrieval and presentation methods are also disclosed.07-07-2011
20110167358ONLINE COOPERATIVE STORY BUILDING METHOD AND SYSTEM - A computer implemented method for allowing users to cooperate in iteratively building a story, the method comprising setting a seed material for the story, starting a material submission period, prompting the users to submit materials, uploading the submitted materials, ending the material submission period, starting a voting period for the submitted materials, registering votes from the users for each of the submitted materials, ending the voting period, identifying one of the submitted materials having the highest number of registered votes and updating the story with the identified submitted material.07-07-2011
20120011452METHOD OF PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE SUPPORT IN DISPLAY UNIT - In accordance with an embodiment of the invention, a system for communicating in an interactive session is provided. The system includes a display unit configured to display information received from an input device. The system also includes a plurality of portable electronic devices communicatively coupled to the display unit wherein, the display unit is configured to share data received from a plurality of audiences during the interactive session.01-12-2012
20120011451SELECTIVE SCREEN SHARING - A privilege discriminator selects a first user to be in a first group of participants to participate in a screen sharing session. The privilege discriminator selects at least one second user to be in a second group of participants to participate in a screen sharing session. The privilege discriminator selects a first screen region for sharing to at least the first group of participants and selects a second screen region for sharing only to the second group of participants. The privilege discriminator shares the first screen region with at least the first group of participants, wherein the sharing is selecting a device authenticated as being used by one of the first group of participants. The presentation privilege discriminator sharing the second screen region with only the second group, based on selecting the second screen region and selecting the second group, excludes the first group from receiving the second screen region.01-12-2012
20120023417Social Messaging User Interface - Hubs for social interaction via electronic devices are described. In one aspect, a data processing device includes a display screen displaying a social interaction hub, the social interaction hub including a collection of records. Each record includes a counterparty identifier identifying a counterparty of a past social interaction event, a mode indicium identifying a mode by which the past social interaction event with the counterparty occurred, and a collection of mode indicia each identifying a mode by which a future, outgoing social interaction event with the counterparty can occur. The counterparty identifier, the mode indicium, and the collection of mode indicia are associated with one another in the records of the social interaction hub.01-26-2012
20090144637AUTONOMIC WORKSPACE ESTABLISHMENT THROUGH DIRECTORY DISCOVERED RELATIONSHIPS - Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to collaborative computing and provide a method, system and computer program product for autonomically configuring a workspace in a collaborative computing environment. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for autonomically configuring a workspace in a collaborative computing environment can be provided. The method can include identifying a subject user and corresponding workspace in the collaborative environment, locating a related user within a directory for the subject user, retrieving a workspace configuration for the related user, and applying the workspace configuration to the corresponding workspace of the subject user.06-04-2009
20120060104METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SHARING VIEWING INFORMATION - A method and apparatus for sharing viewing information is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving an designation of a second user from the first user; and transmitting the first user viewing information to the designated second user. The shared viewing information may comprise the identity of a currently viewed media program, a list of scheduled media program viewings, or the media program itself.03-08-2012
20120060105SOCIAL NETWORK NOTIFICATIONS - Social network notifications are described. In implementations, a notification is received at a client device from a social network service that includes content that is posted for access via the social network service and includes an identifier of an originator of the posting. The notification is output by the client device to include the content from the posting and the identifier of the originator of the posting.03-08-2012
20120159352System and Method for Item-Based Economy in a Virtual World - There is provided a system and method for an item-based economy in a virtual world. There is provided a server for providing an item exchange for a virtual world lacking a common currency for item valuation, comprising a processor configured to receive a request from a client having an inventory to initiate the item exchange, present a user interface on a display of the client for the item exchange, receive a selection of either a second quantity of second items or a third quantity of third items for the item exchange from the client, remove from the inventory of the client a first quantity of tradable items defined by a first exchange value or a second exchange value based on the selection, and add the second quantity of second items or the third quantity of the third items to the inventory of the client based on the selection.06-21-2012
20120210253UNIFIED ACCESS AND MANAGEMENT OF EVENTS ACROSS MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS AND ASSOCIATED CONTACTS THEREOF - Systems and methods for unified access and management of events across multiple applications and the associated contacts thereof are disclosed. In one aspect, embodiments of the present disclosure include a method, which may be implemented on a system, for enabling multi-application access of associated events via a single interface, including, depicting in the single interface on a device, representations of multiple applications available for access at the device where the single interface is further populated with the events associated with the multiple applications. One embodiment further includes, updating the single interface to visually depict recent events received content from the multiple applications where each of the representations in the single interface, are selectable or actionable to access application features of a corresponding application in a different interface.08-16-2012
20120159351MULTIPLE REVIEWS OF GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACES - Embodiments includes a method comprising generating a User Interface (UI) application, based on instructions from a developer using a software development tool. The UI application includes an edit layer configured to enable multiple reviewers of the UI application to graphically overlay multiple reviews of the UI application over a display of the UI application, wherein the multiple reviews comprise a markup of at least one of a design, a layout and a wording of text of the UI application. The method also includes receiving the multiple reviews of the UI application from the multiple reviewers. The method includes displaying, for review by the developer, the UI application and the multiple reviews graphically overlaid on the UI application.06-21-2012
20120159350SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENABLING VIRTUAL SOCIAL PROFILES - A system and methods that enable virtual social profiles for digital representations of users. Comment/voting opportunities are provided so that users may vote or comment on profile contributions for a digital representation in a social online service. Such opportunities may also be managed by users. The act of voting on a comment/voting opportunity may increase a number of points associated with the comment. Once a comment opportunity is voted on by other users, it becomes a comment and contributes to a social profile of a targeted user. Consequentially, users may also be ranked and classified based on the perceptions of others.06-21-2012
20120110474CONTENT SHARING INTERFACE FOR SHARING CONTENT IN SOCIAL NETWORKS - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for displaying, within a web page, a representation of a content sharing interface, the content sharing interface including a content input area, receiving user input to the content input area, in response to the user input, expanding the content sharing interface to include an expanded content input area and a distribution interface, the expanded content input area displaying a graphical representation of digital content that is to be distributed, receiving user input to the distribution interface, the user input indicating contact(s) to which the digital content is to be distributed, in response to receiving the user input, displaying an icon within the distribution interface, the icon being a graphical representation of the contact(s), and in response to the user input, transmitting a post data set including digital content data and distribution data to a server computing system.05-03-2012
20120254773TOUCH SCREEN BASED INTERACTIVE MEDIA SHARING - Systems and methods for interactive media sharing are described. In one implementation, a method for interactive media sharing includes facilitating participation in a session where the session is conducted among a plurality of touch screen user devices (TSUDs) connected to each other. The method may further include sending primary media content to one or more of the plurality of the TSUDs in real time. The method may further include receiving edited media content from at least one of the plurality of the TSUDs in real time, wherein the edited media content comprises secondary media content overlaid on the primary media content and where the secondary media content comprises first handwritten content provided through a touch screen and first multimedia data.10-04-2012
20120110473Avatar-Based Communications Launching System - In one embodiment, a social networking system automatically establish a connection to a target user by selecting an avatar representing the target user, and establishing a connection by a communication channel based on current context and one or more rules configured by the target user.05-03-2012
20110107237DISPLAY PROCESSING DEVICE, DISPLAY INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION DEVICE, AND DISPLAY PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a display processing apparatus includes an obtaining module, a relevance calculator, a display information generator, and a display controller. The obtaining module is configured to obtain particular information items allowed to be created by users, the particular information being obtained for each of a key content item and other content items. The relevance calculator is configured to calculate one or more relevances between the key content item and each of the other content items, based on the particular information items. The display information generator is configured to generate display information items expressing the key content item and the other content items, based on the particular information items or content-attribute information items peculiar to the key content item and the other content items. The display controller is configured to control to display a list information item in which the display information items are located at predetermined positions.05-05-2011
20110107236VIRTUAL MEETING ATTENDEE - A Virtual Meeting Attendant (VMA) allows a user to share inputs with a meeting congregation without necessarily needing to participate directly. For example, a conference system can be equipped with technology that allows a perspective meeting attendee to appoint a virtual meeting attendee in the instance where the user is not able to attend the conference. This virtual meeting attendee can participate in the conference on behalf of the user. Some of the exemplary functions associated with the VMA are the ability to record one or more portions of the conference, take notes, react to action items for the user, make pre-recorded suggestions, and if required, patch in the user to allow the user to contribute in real-time to the conference.05-05-2011
20110099486Social Messaging User Interface - Hubs for social interaction via electronic devices are described. In one aspect, a data processing device includes a display screen displaying a social interaction hub, the social interaction hub including a collection of records. Each record includes a counterparty identifier identifying a counterparty of a past social interaction event, a mode indicium identifying a mode by which the past social interaction event with the counterparty occurred, and a collection of mode indicia each identifying a mode by which a future, outgoing social interaction event with the counterparty can occur. The counterparty identifier, the mode indicium, and the collection of mode indicia are associated with one another in the records of the social interaction hub.04-28-2011
20120124486LINKING USERS INTO LIVE SOCIAL NETWORKING INTERACTIONS BASED ON THE USERS' ACTIONS RELATIVE TO SIMILAR CONTENT - A system and method that uses interne content and/or content metadata as a means to establish social networks. Examples include linking internet users, searchers, viewers and/or listeners of the same and/or similar internet content to each other via a platform that enables any of the following in n-dimensional environments: social networking, communications, sharing, e-commerce, advertising, search, hosting and registry services, push and pull applications, anonymous communications, and rich presence.05-17-2012
20120124485EMBEDDING TOOLS IN A COLLABORATION WINDOW - A computer implemented method, system and/or computer program product automatically extends a collaboration window. An initiation of an interactive teleconference, which utilizes a collaboration window that is displayed on two communication devices, is detected. The topic of the interactive teleconference is determined by a starting context of the interactive teleconference. The topic is associated with a related application that provides supporting information for the interactive teleconference. This supporting information and/or associated application(s) are then displayed on one or both of the two communication devices.05-17-2012
20120124484SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLLABORATION IN PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - A system for collaboration in project development includes a central server including a collaboration controller configured to support a virtual whiteboard and two or more remote servers located in different locations and coupled to the central server. The two or more remote servers are configured to receive user information from one or more input devices during an information gathering session, to provide the user information to the central server, to receive information from the central server and to provide the information received from the central server to the one or more input devices. The central server is further configured to prevent the virtual whiteboard from being displayed on the one or more input devices during the information gathering session.05-17-2012
20090132934Interactive Conferencing System and Method - An interactive conferencing system and method allowing a plurality of users using interconnected computing devices to interactively share multimedia content. The system comprises a client software located on each computing device of the plurality of users, the client software being so configured as to generate a multimedia container having a display area associated with the multimedia content, the client software allowing the modification of the multimedia content, and a multimedia container server so configured as to store the multimedia container and upon modification of the multimedia content, supplies an updated multimedia content to the client software of the plurality of users so that the modified media content is displayed in the display area associated with the multimedia content.05-21-2009
20090132933METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SOCIAL NETWORKING - A method and apparatus are provided for sharing photographs among a plurality of users through a website. The method includes the steps of a first user of the plurality of users designating a human face among a plurality of human faces in a photograph displayed through the website as being the first user's face and at least some other users of the plurality of users voting through the website on whether the designated face is that of the first user.05-21-2009
20120166969APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DATA TRANSFER - One embodiment of the invention provides a method of transferring real-time multimedia data in a virtual environment between a plurality of entertainment devices each having a peer-to-peer communication device operable to transmit data to and receive data from other entertainment devices. Each entertainment device has an associated avatar within the virtual environment, and each entertainment device has a corresponding client index. The method includes generating, at a first one of the entertainment devices, a target list of client indices associated with entertainment devices to which the real-time multimedia data should be forwarded and dividing, at the first one of the entertainment devices, the target list into a first subset of entertainment devices and a second subset of entertainment devices. The method further includes allocating, at the first one of the entertainment devices, the client index for each entertainment device in the second subset to an entertainment device in the first subset, and transmitting, from the first one of the plurality of entertainment devices to each entertainment device in the first subset, the real-time multimedia data together with the respective client indices from the second subset allocated to the respective entertainment devices. The target list is generated in dependence upon attribute data associated with each entertainment device, and the attribute data comprises data indicating whether the avatar associated with each entertainment device is within a predetermined area within the virtual environment.06-28-2012
20120131477Social Network Device - The device 05-24-2012
20120166972METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMMUNICATING WITH MULTIPLE USERS VIA A MAP OVER THE INTERNET - A method, device, and system for communicating with multiple users via a map over the Internet are disclosed. The device includes a processor for executing computer programs, a memory for storing data, an input module for entering user commands, a communication module for transmitting and receiving data, and a display for showing information on a screen. The device further includes logic for selecting a group of users, logic for creating a map to share among the group of users, logic for displaying locations of the group of users on the map, and logic for broadcasting changes of a user's location to the group over the Internet.06-28-2012
20120166970Method of providing assistance to the end-user of a software application - A method of providing assistance to a remote end-user of an end-user software application from an agent of an assistance center is described. All the transactions initiated by the end-user of the end-user software application are recorded in a contextual database locally, for applications running exclusively on customer PC, or remotely, for Web applications. Instrumented pages are delivered to the end-user. They include each a help request means. A server of a desktop sharing application is installed in the PC of the agent. When the end-user is requesting assistance all the entries already made by the end-user on a current instrumented page are uploaded. A waiting page and a client side of the desktop sharing application are also downloaded to the PC of the end-user. The end-user to be assisted is assigned to the agent when available. Then, PC of the agent gets a clone of the current instrumented page from the contextual database and a secure communication tunnel between the agent and the end-user is established. The client side of the desktop sharing application is finally activated on the customer PC which lets end-user view desktop of the PC of the agent and allows starting an assistance session between the agent and the end-user. All that being done without any software pre-installation on the client PC.06-28-2012
20100083136JOINT EDITING OF AN ON-LINE DOCUMENT - An editing apparatus efficiently performs cooperative editing of a document. Multiple users can edit a document in parallel using the editing apparatus which includes a screen output section, an editing screen, a section for receiving, a selection input section for inputting, and an update section for reflecting the edited content selected by a selection instruction, and updating the document.04-01-2010
20100205542METHOD, SYSTEM FOR TRACKING GROUP BEHAVIOR - A method and system for keeping and tracking group behavior is disclosed. The system may provide notifications to users via mobile devices throughout the day prompting the users to engage in certain behaviors, such as performing a certain exercise or implementing a new food choice. The notification messages may be chosen depending on the group that the user belongs to. Upon completion of the action prompted by the notification, users of the group may reply to the notification indicating that they have completed the action. The responses may be tracked by the system for the purposes of reporting feedback to and providing for accountability for users and administrators of the system. The notifications may be designed to prompt behavior or actions that are brief, so that they may be completed during the course of the day.08-12-2010
20100205541 SOCIAL NETWORK DRIVEN INDEXING SYSTEM FOR INSTANTLY CLUSTERING PEOPLE WITH CONCURRENT FOCUS ON SAME TOPIC INTO ON-TOPIC CHAT ROOMS AND/OR FOR GENERATING ON-TOPIC SEARCH RESULTS TAILORED TO USER PREFERENCES REGARDING TOPIC - A machine-implemented social networking system builds up and repeatedly refreshes a hierarchy tree containing topic nodes. New nodes are added as new topics emerge in online public forums. Each topic node can link to an on-topic real time chat room whose occupants are currently discussing the topic of the node. A chat room can be pointed to by more than one node if the room is discussing multiple topics. Rooms can migrate from node to node as room topic dynamically changes. A system user who explicitly or inferentially wishes to be invited into a chat room which is on-topic with what the user is currently focused upon can do so by use of a node-seeking automated process. The process operates in the background and seeks out nodes of the hierarchy tree that currently have topics appearing to be the same as or similar to what topics the user appears to have in mind. Content browsing experience of the user is enhanced by addition of an invitations displaying subsystem that automatically invites him or her to co-compatible chat rooms currently discussing the topic(s) the user appears to have in mind. One of the many topics that a user may inferentially have in mind is that of being at a given location as reported by the user's GPS and wondering what best to do at that location and time.08-12-2010
20120260196APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SHARING INFORMATION IN VIRTUAL SPACE - A method and apparatus for sharing information in a virtual space are provided. Upon receiving a bulletin space-generation request, generating a bulletin space and displays the bulletin space on a screen. Upon receiving a bulletin content-creation request, executing a bulletin content-creation tool stored in the memory unit and displaying the bulletin content-creation tool on the screen. When a bulletin content is created by the bulletin content-creation tool, storing the created bulletin content corresponding to the bulletin space and displaying the bulletin content on the screen.10-11-2012
20120137231USER INTERFACES FOR FACILITATING MERGING AND SPLITTING OF COMMUNICATION SESSIONS - An exemplary method includes a communication device maintaining multiple active communication sessions with multiple other communication devices, displaying, on a touch screen display, multiple graphical objects representing the multiple active communication sessions, detecting a pinch touch gesture provided by a user on the touch screen display in relation to the graphical objects representing the multiple active communication sessions, and initiating, in response to the pinch touch gesture, a merging of the multiple active communication sessions to form a merged active communication session. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.05-31-2012
20110185291SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR AN ONLINE DEBATE - A system for online debating hosted on a server that allows a first and at least a second participant to engage in an online debate created by an administrator. The system for online debate may comprise an administrator interface, and system module, and a participant interface. The administrator interface may be configured to initiate the online debate, modify a pairing of the participants, and receive administrator feedback. The system module automatically executes software after initiation of the online debate and may be configured to pair the first participant and at least the second participant from a database. The participant interface may be configured to display a topic and a description, receive and display an argument from the first participant and a counterargument from the second participant, limit arguments and counterarguments to a predetermined number of cycles, receive participant feedback, display administrator feedback and participant feedback; and receive and tally votes as to a winner of the debate.07-28-2011
20110185290MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed, which facilitates a terminal to be used in further consideration of user's convenience. The present invention includes if a user having a prescribed ID logs in to an instant message server, receiving and displaying a pre-registered buddy list from the instant message server, setting a communication block for a first buddy in the buddy list not to inform the first buddy that the ID user has logged in, setting a communication grant for a second buddy in the buddy list to inform the second buddy that the ID user has logged in, displaying a dialogue window for an instant message communication with the first buddy, and receiving/transmitting an instant message from/to the first buddy despite that the communication block has been set for the first buddy. Accordingly, even if a user does not set a communication grant or block per a buddy in a buddy list in advance, it is able to effectively prevent a request for initiating an instant message communication with the user from being made by an unwanted buddy. Once one buddy is communication-blocked, it is able to receive an instant message from the communication-blocked buddy even before the communication block is released.07-28-2011
20110185289PORTABLE TABLET COMPUTING DEVICE WITH TWO DISPLAY SCREENS - A portable tablet computing device is disclosed. The device comprises a main display screen on a first planar surface and an auxiliary display screen on a second planar surface. According to the preferred embodiment, the main display screen is of a touchscreen type and is used as the display for the device used as a general purpose computing device. The auxiliary display screen is an e-paper type and is for delivering e-books. The device operated as an e-book consumes much less power with a low power processor and an optimized operation system for the e-book reader. Image sensors are used to detect one of the two planar surfaces facing the user and to switch on one of the two display screens accordingly.07-28-2011
20100185958 Method for Controlling User Number Displayed in the Conference Service Noticing Information - The present invention discloses a method for controlling display of user number in the conference service notification message which is applied in IP multimedia subsystem, and the method comprises the following steps of: before sending the conference service notification message to the user equipment UE_A who subscribes the conference events in the conference, the conference service server determining whether the number information of other user equipments participating in or withdrawing from the conference is displayed in said conference service notification message sent to the said UE_A according to the UE_A's authority value and the expectation values of the other user equipments participating in or withdrawing from the conference, the user expectation values indicate whether the users are willing to display their number information to other conference users, and said authority value indicates whether the user has the authority to receive the number information of other users.07-22-2010
20100175000DYNAMICALLY CREATING AND MANAGING ALTERNATE CONTACTS LIST - Alternate contacts information for a subscriber is dynamically generated and managed by schematizing representation of alternate contacts. Initial alternate contacts are computed based on organization hierarchy, delegate information set by a user in system directory, contacts information set by the user in personal directories, and/or by other user defined settings. The information is customized by the user and associated with user presence such that a dynamic alternate contacts list is published to other users based on a presence status of the user.07-08-2010
20100174999INTEGRATION OF COLLABORATION SYSTEMS IN AN INSTANT MESSAGING APPLICATION - A user of an instant messaging application may interact with instant messaging contacts in other collaboration applications (e.g., e-mail, calendar applications, etc.). IM conversations may relate to information in the collaboration applications. For example, an employee may send an e-mail containing marketing data to his manager and wishes to discuss the data further. The employee sends an IM to the manager referencing the data. The manager should read the e-mail before responding, but the manager may not know that she received the e-mail. Information from a plurality of collaboration applications can be integrated into an instant messaging application. A collaboration integration unit can collect and associate information from the collaboration applications with instant messaging contacts and provide suggestions based on the information. In the previous example, the manager's instant messaging application collects information from an e-mail application and indicates that she has an unread e-mail from the employee.07-08-2010
20090037826Video conferencing system - A video conferencing system, comprising a graphical user interface executable to cause a display of a source pane and a display pane, the source pane providing a listing of selectable interface modes, the display pane configured to display video content based on a selected video conference mode from the source pane.02-05-2009
20120216130Methods And Systems For Providing A Feedback User Interface For An Enterprise Social Network - A method for providing an ongoing feedback user interface for an enterprise social network including users associated with an entity. The method can include receiving ongoing feedback from a first user. The ongoing feedback can comprise at least one comment about a second user of the enterprise social network and a name of the second user, the at least one comment is associated with one or more actions performed by the second user in a given time period. The ongoing feedback associated with the second user can be stored in one or more databases associated with the enterprise social network. In response to a request from the second user, the ongoing feedback can be transmitted to display the ongoing feedback on the user system associated with the second user.08-23-2012
20100050093Collaborative Panel Adminstrator - A collaborative panel administrator provides virtual panel lifecycle management to a wide variety of data acquisition and analysis services. Broadly, it supports three types of functionalities—it provides panel lifecycle management functions; it acts as a service plug-in registry allowing various data acquisition and analysis services to register with it and extend its functionality; and, it acts as a client for the registered analysis services by invoking them on user requests and then storing and distributing the results according to panel security policies.02-25-2010
20100050092Content Sharing and Instant Messaging - Content sharing and instant messaging are described. In an implementation, a first user interface is displayed at a first client that is configured to provide instant messaging with a second client having a second user interface. One or more content items are output in the first user interface to be controllable via both the first user interface and the second user interface.02-25-2010
20090113312Connecting Providers of Legal Services - In general, in one aspect, a real-time communication between a consumer of services and a provider of legal services is brokered using a brokerage system on a computer by: receiving a request from the consumer of services to consult with a provider of legal services; identifying an available provider of legal services; and activating a communication channel between the consumer of services and the available provider of legal services. Providers of legal services include, but are not limited to, an attorney, paralegal, or a legal advisor.04-30-2009
20120179981Collaboration Meeting Management in a Web-Based Interactive Meeting Facility - In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for a computer system for organizing in-person gatherings of users of topic-related interest, comprising a web-based meeting management facility having a user interface accessible to a plurality of users, wherein each of the plurality of users may use the user interface to join at least one of a plurality of meeting groups managed by an organizer and based on at least one of topic-related interest and geographic locale, where a user becomes a member when they join the meeting group, and where the meeting management facility includes collaborative meeting management resources to allow the organizer to set the meeting group into a collaborative mode where the collaboration mode allows for members of the meeting group to at least one of create and collaboratively edit meetings associated with the meeting group.07-12-2012
20120179980Progressive Announcements in a Web-Based Interactive Meeting Facility - In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for a computer system for organizing in-person gatherings of users of topic-related interest, comprising a web-based meeting management facility having a user interface accessible to a plurality of users, wherein each of the plurality of users may use the user interface to join at least one of a plurality of meeting groups based on at least one of topic-related interest and geographic locale, where a user becomes a member when they join the meeting group; and a server-based progressive announcement facility for enabling an organizer to control a time-staged meeting announcement release related to a meeting group based on an announcement delivery parameter, wherein the time-staged meeting announcement release includes a plurality of time-staged meeting announcements each including at least one user within the plurality of users.07-12-2012
20100275135INTUITIVE DATA TRANSFER BETWEEN CONNECTED DEVICES - Techniques for sharing or transferring content between connected devices via dynamic collaboration user interfaces. An embodiment involves creating a first collaboration user interface between a first device and a second device. Via the first collaboration user interface, selecting content to be made available to a third device, where the selected content is currently available to the first device and not currently available to the third device. A second collaboration user interface is created between the second device and the third device. State information may be provided to a user via at least one of the first collaboration user interface and the second collaboration user interface. The second collaboration user interface causes the selected content to be available to the third device. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.10-28-2010
20100011302GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACES - A system for supporting distributed interaction with a user during a workflow process is described. The system comprises a centrally stored graphical representation of the workflow process. A plurality of users located remotely from the centrally stored representation and related to each other in a user hierarchy each have access to a version of the representation. The system further comprises referral means provided within each version of the representation to generate a referral message. The referral means is arranged to send the message to a reviewer in a next higher level in the user hierarchy.01-14-2010
20120317501Communication & Collaboration Method for Multiple Simultaneous Users - The invention is a computerized process for online communication and collaboration between multiple remotely located users. All input by users is handled within a Spatial Environment containing multiple real-time applications. All users are able to visualize and identify the exact nature of each other's input actions (e.g. tapping, clicking, dragging or scrolling actions) so they are able to quickly judge the nature and potential for their own input in relation to all the observable activity. Every act of communication, adjustments to interface controls, settings and any other data input made by any single user can be interfaced with or observable by all of the users who are present. The nature of the communication and collaboration therefore offered by the invention provides a degree of immediacy, scale and adaptability which is not achievable with currently available methods.12-13-2012
20120317500SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DATA VISUALIZATION AND USER COLLABORATION - A non-transitory computer-readable medium stores a program for visualizing data. The program includes code for visualizing data, and code for enabling communication between users of the program.12-13-2012
20120084670GESTURE SUPPORT FOR SHARED SESSIONS - Methods and systems for providing gesture support for shared sessions are shown and described. One method includes facilitating the establishment of a first and second connection with a first and second computing device, negotiating gesture capabilities with the first and second computing devices, receiving gesture inputs from the first and second computing devices, reconciling the gesture inputs, and transmitting a modified shared session window to the first and second computing devices.04-05-2012
20120084669DYNAMIC GROUP GENERATION - A pre-defined set of similarity parameters associated with a plurality of clients in a virtual environment, including at least one non-spatial dynamic parameter, is identified. The identified pre-defined set of similarity parameters is processed using at least one tool from a pre-defined set of analysis tools. A group is created within the plurality of clients using the identified at least one non-spatial dynamic parameter. A plurality of group characteristics associated with the group is generated using the processing of the identified pre-defined set of similarity parameters. A user interface is provided to at least one client from the group for communication in response to the generated plurality of group characteristics, wherein the user interface is used for at least one of intra-group communication and communication external to the group.04-05-2012
20120221965Discussion Enlivenment Assistance Device, Discussion Enlivenment Assistance Method, and Computer Program Therefore - A discussion enlivenment assistance device includes: a state visualization unit which generates discussion state data displaying index values indicating a state of each discussion site; a user characteristic presentation unit which generates participating user characteristic data in relation to users participating in a discussion site specified by a user, the participating user characteristic data displaying index values indicating profiles of the users in a discussion; a user control unit which generates invitation nominated user data displaying an invitation nominated user appropriate for the discussion site specified by the user; and a display unit which displays the discussion state data, the participating user characteristic data, and the invitation nominated user data.08-30-2012
20120221964OPINION FEEDBACK IN A COMPUTER-BASED SOCIAL NETWORK - A method for soliciting opinion feedback in a computer-based social network in which the computer-based social network is populated by a set of users defined by social profiles indicating shared interests with an individual. The method includes displaying, in substantially real-time, a mirrored-representation of an individual based upon a captured digital image of the individual. The individual identifies an item of a plurality of items, wherein the mirrored-representation mimics a motion gesture of the individual to identify the item. The individual adorns the mirrored-representation with the identified item of the plurality of items, uploads the adorned mirrored-representation to the computer-based social network. The individual receives, in response, opinion feedback relating to the adorned mirrored-representation from at least a subset of the set of users.08-30-2012
20120221963Electronic Meeting Management for Mobile Wireless Devices with Post Meeting Processing - A device management system includes a meeting support system that is configured to generate and transmit a plurality of electronic meeting invitations to a plurality of mobile wireless devices that correspond to a plurality of meeting participants and receive responses indicating whether the plurality of participants will attend the electronic meeting. The device management system receives identification data that identifies one or more documents or information that will be made available to the plurality of participants. The meeting support system determines whether the plurality of participants is authorized to access the one or more electronic documents or information. If any of the participants are not authorized to access any of the electronic documents or information, the meeting support system notifies the meeting organizer. The device management system may also include a meeting session management system that is configured to share information among the plurality of mobile wireless devices.08-30-2012
20120226997SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING CONVERSATIONS FOR A MEETING SESSION IN A NETWORK ENVIRONMENT - An example method is provided and includes establishing a communication session involving a first endpoint and a second endpoint associated with a meeting in a network environment. The first endpoint is associated with a first identifier and the second endpoint being associated with a second identifier. The method also includes designating the first endpoint as a speaking leader for a segment of the communication session, the second endpoint operates in a listening mode while the first endpoint operates as the speaking leader. The method also includes rendering a symbol indicative of the first endpoint being the speaking leader for the segment. The symbol and the first identifier are associated on a user interface.09-06-2012
20120260195System and method to create a collaborative web-based multimedia contextual dialogue - The present invention relates a method and system for collaborating in a shared network space comprising logging in from the one or more user machines to the shared space in a network from a user application to a host, wherein the shared space is created by interaction of executable codes in the host and the user application and the shared space is described by a session attribute list; loading a media application with tools into a one or more user machines; inputting graphical content; and displaying the content by other user machines in the shared space synchronously or asynchronously including anchoring a sidebar panel to a region of a browser; creating one or more user messages in the sidebar panel; displaying graphical content on a whiteboard; highlighting points of interest within the graphical content; and associating said user messages to the points of interest by one or more lines.10-11-2012
20110126129IMAGE-DRAWING PROCESSING SYSTEM, SERVER, USER TERMINAL, IMAGE-DRAWING PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A user terminal apparatus includes an input receiver, an intersecting-image information obtaining unit and a divider. The input receiver receives input information relating to image-drawing and image-erasing. The intersecting-image information obtaining unit obtains image-drawing input information intersecting image-erasing input information as intersecting-image information when the input receiver receives image-erasing input information. The divider divides the intersecting-image information to erase a portion of the intersecting-image information contained in an erasing area computed from the image-erasing input information when the input information is image-erasing input information.05-26-2011
20120233557GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR SOCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING AND BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS - The present invention provides tools for efficient networking and is specially targeted to frequent travelers and others active in social networking. It enables users to squeeze in meet ups with their contacts when they happen to be or expect to be in the vicinity of those contacts. The invention envisions a system that allows users to declare where they are or will be, and invite their friends to join. The central feature of the system is a radar like graphical user interface and a flexible, private and customizable process under user control.09-13-2012
20110131507Personification of Software Agents - Personification techniques for software agents are described. In an implementation, a plurality of software agents is personified in a user interface to be selectable as friends in a social network service. Each of the software agents is executable to make one or more recommendations based on criteria of the software agent, respectively. Recommendations made by particular software agents are communicated via user accounts of the social network service that have selected the particular software agents as friends.06-02-2011
20120240058DETECTING AND DISPLAYING USER STATUS - A method, computer program product, and system for detecting and displaying user status is described. A method may comprise receiving activity data from at least one of an audio input device, a video input device, and a command input device. The method may further comprise calculating a text availability index corresponding, at least in part, to a likelihood of a user to be available for text communication, a voice availability index corresponding, at least in part, to a likelihood of the user to be available for voice communication, and a video availability index corresponding, at least in part to a likelihood of the user to be available for video communication, wherein at least one of the text availability index, the voice availability index, and the video availability index is based upon, at least in part, the activity data.09-20-2012
20120240060METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PUBLIC COMPUTING - Provided are systems and methods for configuring a portable computer for transient use by a plurality of guests at a selected location. According to some embodiments, the system and methods include displaying a first selection of content on a display screen of the portable computer, initiating a first session responsive to a first guest accessing the portable computer via a user interface of the portable computer, creating a first guest profile responsive to the first session being initiated, displaying a second selection of content on the display screen during the first session, the second selection of content comprising more available content than the first selection of content, terminating the first session responsive to one of a termination action taken by the first guest and expiration of a time-out period, and erasing history of the first session on the portable computer responsive to termination of the first session.09-20-2012
20120240061Methods and systems for sharing content items relating to multimedia captured and/or direct observations of persons performing a task for evaluation - In one embodiment, a computer implemented method for use in evaluating performance of one or more observed persons, the method comprises: providing a comment field on a display device for a first user to enter free-form comments related to an observation of one or more observed persons performing a task to be evaluated; receiving a free-form comment entered by the first user in the comment field and relating to the observation; storing the free-form comment entered by the first user on a computer readable medium accessible by multiple users; providing a share field to the user for the user to set a sharing setting; and determining whether to display the free-form comment to a second user when the second user accesses stored data relating to the observation based on the sharing setting.09-20-2012
20120266084IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE PROVIDING INDIVIDUALIZED FEEDBACK - A digital image display device for displaying a collection of digital media assets, comprising: a display screen; a network connection; a user interface for receiving input from a user of the digital image display device; and a program memory. The program memory stores executable instructions for receiving a set of digital media assets and associated metadata using the network connection; displaying a digital media asset on the display screen; determining a particular individual who provided the displayed digital media asset; determining a particular set of feedback message choices responsive to the determined particular individual; displaying the particular set of feedback message choices on the display screen; receiving input via the user interface to select a particular feedback message choice; and using the network connection to provide the selected feedback message to the individual who provided the digital media asset.10-18-2012
20120266086METHOD OF SHARING MULTI-MEDIA CONTENT AMONG USERS IN A GLOBAL COMPUTER NETWORK - In one embodiment of the present invention, a method for sharing multi-media content among a plurality of users in a computer network comprises creating a plurality of user accounts, each of said user accounts corresponding to one of the plurality of users, and having a plurality of interactive features including a first feature that permits the user to upload the multi-media content to the computer network; forming a user network including one or more of the plurality of user accounts in communication with one or more other user accounts and to the uploaded multi-media content via the computer network; categorizing the uploaded multi-media content in accordance with the subject matter of the uploaded multi-media content; organizing the uploaded multimedia content in a competitive format; and establishing a hierarchy for the uploaded multi-media content within the competitive format as a function of a competitive measurement system.10-18-2012
20110047485Information processing apparatus, conference system and information processing method - In creating an image in accordance with an operation performed on a shared image, each image is created on an object-by-object basis. In this case, selection of a public mode or a private mode for an other apparatus, i.e., a B terminal apparatus, is received for each object. Information of the selected public or private mode is transmitted to a server apparatus. The other apparatus, i.e., the B terminal apparatus, receives information of an image created by an A terminal apparatus, and displays only an image, with which the information of the public mode is associated, based on the information of the public or private mode included in the received image information.02-24-2011
20110047484USER MANAGEABLE COLLABORATION - A collaboration system described herein empowers non-technical users to create and manage custom collaboration portals, called hubs. Hubs are easy to manage, often providing a satisfactory default configuration after the user answers questions through a wizard-like interface. The collaboration system may be provided as an Internet-based service that can be accessed by users regardless of their affiliation with a company or other predetermined group. In addition, the system shields users from the systems that provide storage for hub content, so that users can avoid the difficulties of data management. The system may provide one or more hub widgets that provide specific functionality, such as a calendar widget for managing events, a file widget for sharing files, a comments widget for managing electronic discussions, and so forth. Thus, the collaboration system facilitates online collaboration for users without advanced software experience.02-24-2011
20120272163Application-Specific Group Listing - A method, apparatus, and system for providing active contents between applications activated by a plurality of computer systems are provided. A list of one or more remote users is created. A determination is made whether a first application and a second application are being executed by the at least one or more remote users. The list is updated in response to determining a change in a status of the second application being executed by the one or more remote users using at least one communications feature associated with the first application.10-25-2012
20120324372Systems and Methods for Augmenting Physical Media from Multiple Locations - The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods including providing a data structure stored in computer-readable memory at a first location, monitoring a first work surface provided at the first location, determining that a first physical medium has been manipulated on the first work surface, and, in response, generating a first operation based on a manipulation of the first physical medium, applying the first operation to the data structure. Systems and methods can further include receiving operation and object data from a server system, the operation and object data corresponding to a second operation generated in response to manipulation of a second physical medium on a second work surface provided at a second location, applying the second operation to the data structure, processing the object data, and projecting a first virtual medium on the first work surface, the first virtual medium corresponding to the second physical medium.12-20-2012
20120272164INTERACTIVE PEER DIRECTORY WITH QUESTION ROUTER - A computer network implemented peer forum system and method enabling question and answer rates to be increased by automatically routing questions and receiving answers to and from peers. Information is input into network via a user interface. A peer forum system enables users to ask and answer questions. A forums database captures questions and answers provided via the peer forum system. A stage database pulls and stores questions from the forums database. A question router pulls the questions from the stage database and finds peers who can answer the questions using a peer search module that uses implicit and explicit user profiles to determine the best subject matter experts to answer the questions. A set of throttle rules is associated with the question router for determining if a peer is eligible to answer a question. A delivery system delivers a communication to eligible peers requesting an answer to the question.10-25-2012
20120272162METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES - The techniques discussed herein contemplate methods and systems for providing interactive virtual experiences. In at least one embodiment of a “virtual experience paradigm,” virtual goods are evolved into virtual experiences. Virtual experiences expand upon limitations imposed by virtual goods by adding additional dimensions to the virtual goods. The virtual experience paradigm further contemplates accounting for user gestures and actions as part of the virtual experience.10-25-2012
20110214071INFORMATION CHANNELS IN MMOGS - Real world news may be received in real time. A real world occurrence may be extracted from the real world news. An attribute of a virtual world may be modified in response to the extracted real world occurrence.09-01-2011
20110239135SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COLLABORATION - In some embodiments, the disclosed systems and methods provide a client-server infrastructure capable of supporting a variety of asynchronous and synchronous collaboration activities in a so-called collaboration place. Some of these activities include chatting, viewing and/or editing one or more data files, and sharing one or more applications, data files, and/or displays. The client-server infrastructure supports seamless navigation between the supported asynchronous and synchronous activities in the collaboration place. Additionally, the client-server architecture supports data persistence, so that data files associated with the collaboration place can be stored for subsequent access.09-29-2011
20120278736COLLABORATIVE DECISION-MAKING FOR DERIVING MICRO-RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OFFSITE USERS - An offsite user having a device can collaborate with an onsite user having an onsite device. The offsite device may be a handheld device, such as a smartphone and the onsite device is generally stationary. The onsite device receives a context from the offsite device wherein the offsite user is asking the onsite user for help with information or making a decision. The offsite device may not have the full range of services that the onsite device has and collaborates with the onsite device/user in making a decision. The onsite device receives the context, and obtains recommendations from appropriate Web services. The onsite user may view these recommendations and sends a reply message back to the offsite user telling her what she may do.11-01-2012
20120278735COMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR GENERATING A CONFERENCE PROVISIONING DATA SET - A communication method and device for generating a conference provisioning data set. A conference interface receives a user selected conference provider among a plurality of available conference providers presented to the user, and conference event detail associated with a conference event. The communication device further includes a conference provisioning agent for communicating with an enhanced conference server to generate the conference provisioning data set associated with the selected conference provider.11-01-2012
20120278737METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IDENTIFYING, ASSESSING AND CLEARING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST - Methods and systems for identifying, assessing and clearing conflicts of interest are described herein. Consistent with some embodiments, a conflicts management system receives a conflict search request, and processes the request utilizing a risk matrix that encompass and represents the risk tolerance or risk profile of a law firm. The risk matrix maps certain request types to different search queries and rules that are to be evaluated for a given request type. Based on the execution of the queries and the rules for the request, a score is assigned to a party, such that the score represents the level of risk that would be undertaken if the party was engaged as a client.11-01-2012
20100229103System and method for conference management - The present invention relates to a system for conference management and a method for conference management. The system for conference management comprises a gateway including a conference control module; a plurality of computers connected to the gateway by a network, each of the computers storing a report content respectively; and a large sized display connected to the gateway. By using the conference control module to manage the rights of display of the computers, the computer that is granted the right of display transmits the report content to the gateway, and displays on the large sized display for information communication.09-09-2010
20120089928INDEPENDENT VIEWING OF WEB CONFERENCE CONTENT BY PARTICIPANTS - A method for allowing independent viewing of web conference content may include enumerating a plurality of windows of content of a web conference to allow caching of visible and non-visible portions of each enumerated window by a client computer device of a participant to provide independent viewing of each enumerated window by the participant in the web conference. The method may also include forming a bitmap of visible and non-visible portions of each enumerated window. The method may further include transmitting the bitmap of each enumerated window to the client computer device of the participant in the web conference.04-12-2012
20110271207Location-Aware Conferencing - Various embodiments of systems, methods, and computer programs are disclosed for providing an online conference. One method comprises: a conferencing system obtaining location information from a plurality of participants; the conferencing system associating the unique location information with a corresponding participant identifier; the conferencing system establishing an audio conference with the plurality of participants; the conferencing system presenting a conference interface to the plurality of participants; and the conference interface selectively displaying a map view of the audio conference which identifies a location of each of the plurality of participants.11-03-2011
20120089927SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANAGING UNAVAILABLE ITEMS IN SHARED SCREEN DATA - A system and method of managing unavailable items in shared screen data which provides access to modified screen data substantially simultaneously. The system includes a first computer including a display for displaying a screen containing items from screen data including modified screen data during a transaction. The modified screen data reflects that at least one of the items is unavailable. The first computer shares the screen data with a second computer. The first computer is also for displaying an indication that the at least one item is unavailable substantially simultaneously following modification of the screen data and upon selection of the at least one item at one of the first and second computers.04-12-2012
20120089926Instant Messaging with Browser Collaboration - The invention enables collaboration between first and second users at first and second workstations having first and second browsers, respectively. A page is loaded into the first browser. An instant messaging connection is established between the first workstation and the second workstation. Then an address of the page loaded at the first browser is sent to the second browser via the instant messaging connection. At the second browser the page is loaded in response to receipt of the page address. A network connection is then established between the first browser and the second browser. Thereafter, messages are sent from the first browser to the second browser via the network connection responsive to screen events by a user at the first workstation to control screen events at the second workstation.04-12-2012
20110276901FAMILY CHAT - Systems and methods are described for handling graphical interfacing with a group conversation involving a communications hub and multiple member devices. Embodiments provide a “family chat” communications mode for facilitating a synchronous conversation among all the members of the designated family group. Typically, the conversation may involve a user supersystem (e.g., including one or more graphical communications devices) associated with the family and disposed with the family's local network, and member devices associated with each member of the family group (e.g., cell phones, etc). In some embodiments, the family chat conversation is displayed (e.g., rendered) as a substantially continuous feed graphically indicating the party contributing each message to the feed, the temporal relationship of the various contributions, and other useful information.11-10-2011
20110276900USING DOUBLE BUFFERING FOR SCREEN SHARING - Remote desktop sharing allows a user to access applications and data on a remote computer over a network. An intermediary computer can communicate with a host computer and one or more client computers to facilitate remote desktop sharing. The host can send the intermediary computer an encoded key frame and encoded updates. The intermediary computer can decode the host screen data, and apply subsequent updates to the decoded image so that the intermediary computer has a near live host screen image in a first buffer. A second buffer on the intermediary computer can store an instance of a screen encoder for each client computer that has joined the session and the most current host image that the client computer has. The encoder compares the near live screen image and the stored client computer host image to create an encoded differential screen image update to pass to the client computer.11-10-2011
20100229104Teleconferencing apparatus, Teleconferencing system, method of controlling Teleconferencing apparatus, and computer-readable medium storing control program for controlling teleconferencing apparatus - A teleconferencing apparatus for a teleconference to be performed between a plurality of terminal apparatus including a shared display area and an individual display area, the teleconferencing apparatus includes a browsing page information storage control device that causes a browsing page information storage device to store, identification information for identifying the terminal apparatus having sent the page information and the received page information, a browsing time information storage device that stores, as browsing time information, the page information of the display data displayed in the individual display area and a display time indicating a time in which a page specified with the page information is displayed in the individual display area unlike a page in the shared display area, a sending device that sends page information of the browsing time information, to the terminal apparatus.09-09-2010
20110320962INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM - Display of a pointer on the display screen of a display output apparatus is controlled in accordance with first pointing information obtained from an input apparatus. Second pointing information obtained from an input apparatus of an information processing apparatus at another site connected via a network is received from the information processing apparatus at the other site. Control is performed on display of the received second pointing information regarding the display screen of the display output apparatus. A dedicated window for displaying the second pointing information is displayed in the foreground with respect to other windows displayed on the display screen.12-29-2011
20110320961METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SHARING VIRTUAL WORKSPACES - An approach is provided for sharing the virtual workspaces of a plurality of user devices. One of the plurality of devices is designated as the only active device. The active device submits an update of the virtual workspace of the active device. Then an update of the virtual workspaces of the other devices is initiated that includes the workspace of the active device. A request from one of the other devices to become active is granted and the previously active device is undesignated as active.12-29-2011
20120331401VIRTUAL MEETING PLACE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A virtual meeting place system is disclosed. The online virtual meeting place facilitates initiating, scheduling, or spontaneously organizing an online discussion or meeting, organizing the discussion into active and passive participants, limiting or eliminate participation of selected participants and soliciting, receiving and answering questions. The system is configurable to allow for customization based upon the social protocols or preferences of meeting participants and may present different user interfaces based upon participant identity, meeting topic or meeting format.12-27-2012
20120331400AUTHENTICATION SCORE QUANTIFING SIMILARITY BETWEEN A USER'S ONLINE PERSONA VERSUS THAT USER'S PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS - A visual representation of a human user for display within one or more graphical user interfaces to others interacting with the human user over a network can be identified. An authenticity score defining a degree of resemblance between the visual representation of the human user and physical characteristics of the human user can be calculated.12-27-2012
20120331399GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE WHICH DISPLAYS PROFILE INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH A SELECTED CONTACT - A system and machine-implemented method for presenting profile information on an electronic device of a user, the profile information being associated with a contact of the user, via displaying a contact icon on a graphical user interface of the electronic device, the contact icon corresponding to a contact of the user; receiving user input which specifies selection of the contact icon; and displaying profile information, obtained from a profile associated with the contact corresponding to the selected contact icon, on the graphical user interface.12-27-2012
20120102415Communicating Plans For Users of a Social Networking System - Exemplary systems and methods for calendaring are provided. Exemplary systems include a natural language receiving component configured to receive a natural language entry corresponding to a future status, a calendar generation engine configured to create a calendar entry based on the natural language entry, a social network database configured for accessing and querying by the calendar generation engine, a privacy component configured to receive a privacy setting indicating a person who is approved to view the calendar entry, and a display module configured to display the calendar entry on a calendar. Exemplary methods include receiving a natural language entry corresponding to a future status, creating a calendar entry, and displaying the calendar entry.04-26-2012
20120102414DISTRIBUTED CONTROLLER OF A USER INTERFACE FRAMEWORK FOR WEB APPLICATIONS - Various embodiments of systems and methods for improved user interface framework for Web applications are described herein. The UI framework is based on the MVC architectural pattern. An additional controller, a server controller, is included in the server part of the user interface framework runtime. A client controller is running at the client side of the user interface framework runtime. The client controller and the server controller form one logical synchronized controller. The server controller ensures that all needed controller calculations, which would lead to additional roundtrips between the client side and the server side, can be done on the server side. Thus, exact one roundtrip between client side and backend for every user interaction and transporting only the bare minimum of data needed to render the current UI state is achieved.04-26-2012
20130014031Interface For Sharing Posts About A Live Online Event Among Users Of A Social Networking System - An external system (e.g., a website) is associated with an event and includes an interface that allows users to interact with streams of content associated with a social networking system. The interface allows a user to provide posts about the event via the interface, where the posts are displayed in the interface and also in a social networking interface on social networking system in connection with the user and other users associated with that user. The user can view, via the interface on the external system, posts from all users that are provided via the interface (e.g., everyone watching the event), thereby increasing the likelihood that the posts are relevant to the event. The user can also view, via the interface, posts from users associated with the user via the social networking system (e.g., friends of the user), regardless of where those are posted.01-10-2013
20120290950SOCIAL-TOPICAL ADAPTIVE NETWORKING (STAN) SYSTEM ALLOWING FOR GROUP BASED CONTEXTUAL TRANSACTION OFFERS AND ACCEPTANCES AND HOT TOPIC WATCHDOGGING - Disclosed is a Social-Topical Adaptive Networking (STAN) system that can inform users of cross-correlations between currently focused-upon topic or other nodes in a corresponding topic or other data-objects organizing space maintained by the system and various social entities monitored by the system. More specifically, one of the cross-correlations may be as between the top N now-hottest topics being focused-upon by a first social entity and the amounts of focus ‘heat’ that other social entities (e.g., friends and family) are casting on the same topics (or other subregions of other cognitive attention receiving spaces) in a relevant time period.11-15-2012
20120290949SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FACILITATING USER INTERACTION IN A VIRTUAL SPACE THROUGH UNINTENDED TANGENTIAL EFFECTS TO PRIMARY USER INTERACTIONS - User interaction within a virtual space is facilitated through unintended side effects to primary interactions between users. In the virtual space, primary interactions between source and target users have unintended tangential effects. The tangential effects are provided to other users. The other users are users which are active at the time the corresponding primary interaction was triggered, and are relatively likely to enjoy participating in the virtual space with the source and/or target users. This may encourage interaction between the users as they respond to the tangential effects (e.g., by responding to the source user of a primary interaction that caused the effects).11-15-2012
20120290951CONTENT SHARING SYSTEM - Provided is a content sharing system including a plurality of first information processing apparatuses that are each operated by a player who operates content, and displays same content, one or more second information processing apparatuses that are each operated by an audience member viewing operation details of a player on the content and displays the content that is displayed at the first information processing apparatuses simultaneously with the first information processing apparatuses, and a server device for relaying information between the first information processing apparatuses and the second information processing apparatuses. When a predetermined condition is reached, the first information processing apparatuses start display of content same as the second information processing apparatuses, and the second information processing apparatuses each simultaneously display, including the operation details of the player, content same as the content displayed by the first information processing apparatuses.11-15-2012
20120290948SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A VIRTUAL SPACE WITH INDIVIDUALIZED MAPS - A virtual space may be provided to users in which places in the virtual space are associated with individual users. Individual ones of such places may be locations or spaces within the virtual space that the individual users control, tend, decorate, own, and/or are associated with in other ways. The spatial arrangement of the places in the virtual space, represented by a map of the virtual space, may be customized for individual users to instigate and/or facilitate interactions and/or engagement of the users with and in the virtual space. As such, individual spatial arrangements of the places, or maps of the virtual space, may be created for individual ones of the users.11-15-2012
20130014030Sponsored-Stories-Unit Creation from Organic Activity Stream - In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a first selection of an entity associated with a user of a social-networking system; receiving a second selection of a type of user interaction with the entity; and providing the first and second selections for use in a sponsored-story specification. The use of the first and second selections in the sponsored-story specification facilitate entries in an organic activity stream of the social-networking system that match the sponsored-story specification being provided for display in pre-determined areas of web pages.01-10-2013
20130014028METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DRAWING - The present invention contemplates a variety of methods and systems for providing a drawing layer synchronized across multiple artists and devices, wherein the drawing layer can provide a computer interface for an artist.01-10-2013
20130014026PROVISIONING AND PERFORMING ACTION ITEMS - An action item specifying one or more tasks is instantiated. Thereafter, data characterizing the action item is associated with at least one tool to perform at least one task. Each tool comprises at least one service, application or procedure to facilitate or perform the at least one task. Subsequently, the at least one tool is initiated. User-generated input and/or other data is received from the at least one tool. Performance of one or more of the tasks specified by the action item is then finalized using the at least one tool and the user-generated input and/or other data. In some variations, the action item can be provisioned with at least one contextual resource to facilitate performance of at least one task. The at least one contextual resource can be associated with the action item and/or at least one user associated with the action item. Related apparatus, systems, techniques and articles are also described.01-10-2013
20130014027METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REPRESENTING AUDIENCES IN ENSEMBLE EXPERIENCES - The present invention contemplates a variety of methods and techniques for representing an audience during an ensemble experience. According to one aspect, an ensemble or group experience is provided to a plurality of users. The experience includes displaying content and other information (perhaps in layers) to a specific local user. The specific user is provided an audience representation layer or “swell” interface appearing translucently over the base layer. The audience representation layer includes a plurality of marks providing certain information related to the audience. Each mark is related to an entity such as an audience member, a group, a sponsor, or a celebrity. The local user mark is distinguishable from the other plurality of marks.01-10-2013
20100131861Method and System for Instantly Transmitting Interactive Image - A method and a system for instantly transmitting an interactive image are disclosed. The method is applied in a low bandwidth Internet connection for sharing the interactive image instantly between a first computer and a second computer. The image includes a main image and a track mark, and the track mark is generated by any one of the two computers. The method of the present invention comprises steps of: (A) transmitting the main image from the first computer to the second computer so that the main image is displayed on both computers simultaneously; and (B) generating the track mark on the main image by one of the computers and transmitting the track mark instantly to the other computer, wherein step (B) further comprises: (B1) collecting track information of the track mark formed by a plurality of track points with a specific sampling rate; (B2) down sampling the collected track information according to a difference degree between any two adjacent track points, so as to decrease the collected track information; and (B3) compressing and transmitting the decreased track information to the other computer via the low bandwidth Internet connection.05-27-2010
20130019188INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEMAANM Hasegawa; YutakaAACI KanagawaAACO JPAAGP Hasegawa; Yutaka Kanagawa JPAANM Mizutani; YoichiAACI SaitamaAACO JPAAGP Mizutani; Yoichi Saitama JPAANM Kajimoto; MasatoAACI ChibaAACO JPAAGP Kajimoto; Masato Chiba JPAANM Takahashi; MasahiroAACI KanagawaAACO JPAAGP Takahashi; Masahiro Kanagawa JPAANM Kyusojin; HiroshiAACI TokyoAACO JPAAGP Kyusojin; Hiroshi Tokyo JP - An information processing system and a method for operating same are provided. The information processing system includes a first information processing apparatus and a second information processing apparatus. The first information processing apparatus is configured to display a first synchronous image in a first window, the first window having an operation right. The second information processing apparatus has a synchronous state or an asynchronous state. The second information processing apparatus is configured to: display a second synchronous image; in response to a first request, switch from the synchronous state to the asynchronous state; and in response to a second request, switch from the asynchronous state to the synchronous state.01-17-2013
20130019187VISUALIZING EMOTIONS AND MOOD IN A COLLABORATIVE SOCIAL NETWORKING ENVIRONMENTAANM HIND; JOHN R.AACI RALEIGHAAST NCAACO USAAGP HIND; JOHN R. RALEIGH NC USAANM SALAHSHOUR; ABDOLREZAAACI RALEIGHAAST NCAACO USAAGP SALAHSHOUR; ABDOLREZA RALEIGH NC USAANM SOEMARGONO; TINTIN S.AACI CARYAAST NCAACO USAAGP SOEMARGONO; TINTIN S. CARY NC USAANM WIGUNA; STEFANUSAACI CARYAAST NCAACO USAAGP WIGUNA; STEFANUS CARY NC US - Techniques are described for conveying a collective emotional state of a plurality of participants to a communication. Embodiments receive emotional state data for each of the participants to the communication. The emotional state data for each of the participants is collected by monitoring at least one or more applications the respective participant is interacting with. An emotional state of the participants to the communication is then determined, based on the received emotional state data and a determined topic of the communication. Embodiments provide an indication of the determined emotional state of the participants.01-17-2013
20130019186MANAGING PRIVACY PREFERENCES IN A WEB CONFERENCEAANM Lance; John M.AACI LittletonAAST MAAACO USAAGP Lance; John M. Littleton MA USAANM Travis; Amy D.AACI ArlingtonAAST MAAACO USAAGP Travis; Amy D. Arlington MA USAANM Wanderski; Anuphinh P.AACI DurhamAAST NCAACO USAAGP Wanderski; Anuphinh P. Durham NC USAANM Wanderski; Michael C.AACI DurhamAAST NCAACO USAAGP Wanderski; Michael C. Durham NC US - A method, system or computer usable program product for translating native application privacy preferences in a web conference including initiating the web conference between a first and a second user, sharing the display of the first user with the second user within the web conference to produce a shared display, wherein elements marked as private by an application resident on a first computer system of the first user are redacted in the shared display sent to the second user.01-17-2013
20110161833DISTRIBUTED MULTI-USER MASHUP SESSION - A mashup session manager maintains state of the mashup session to ensure presentation consistency/uniformity across the execution environments. The mashup session manager also tracks the participating execution environments associated with a mashup session (e.g., usernames, device identifiers, network addresses, etc.), and transmits data for presentation consistency to the participating execution environments. In some cases, a view of the mashup session at a participating execution environment may not be current (“stale mashup session view”). The mashup session manager can detect if a view at a participating execution environment is of a past mashup session state, and provide data for the stale mashup session view to become current. In addition, the mashup session manager can propagate design modifications to the participants of the mashup session.06-30-2011
20130024784SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LIFE TRANSITION WEBSITE - A method for producing a website includes publishing a website including a plurality of forums for users to post messages, wherein each of the plurality of forums is directed to a specific topic, receiving a message to post on the website, associating the message with at least one of the specific topics, and providing an option to post the message to each of the plurality of forums directed to the at least one of the specific topics.01-24-2013
20130024788COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTATION OF FEED ITEMS IN AN INFORMATION FEED TO BE DISPLAYED ON A DISPLAY DEVICE - Disclosed are methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable storage media for displaying a feed item of an information feed in a presentation on a display device. In some implementations, a feed item having one or more attributes is received. A filter including one or more parameters is applied to the one or more feed item attributes. The filter is capable of being stored on one or more storage mediums. When the one or more feed item attributes satisfies the one or more filter parameters, presentation information is generated. The presentation information includes at least one indicator configured to identify, in a user interface on the display device, the feed item as having the one or more attributes satisfying the one or more filter parameters. The presentation information can be stored on one or more storage mediums.01-24-2013
20130024783METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING DATA ENTRY CONTENT TO A REMOTE ENVIRONMENT - Various methods for providing data entry content to a remote environment are provided. One example method includes receiving, at a device, a data entry field selection message notifying that a selection of a data entry field has occurred at a remote device, modifying a focus of a user interface of the device to the data entry field, retrieving current data content of the data entry field, and causing an indication to be provided to the remote device informing the remote device of the current data content of the data entry field to enable the remote device to display the current data content of the data entry field in a data entry input interface. Similar and related example methods and example apparatuses are also provided.01-24-2013
20130024787PEER-TO-PEER AGGREGATION SYSTEM - An aggregation apparatus including: a computer, an output device, a display controlled by the computer, and networking hardware connecting the computer to a network, the computer programmed so that the aggregation apparatus: communicates with at least one computer via the Internet to obtain peer-to-peer information corresponding to real time data shared by at least one other computer; processes the peer-to-peer information to produce an aggregation; and then renders the aggregation as output; and then presents at least some of the aggregation and at least one of at least some of the information in a customizable user interface, at least some of the aggregation in association with an automatically generated score that represents a level of communication activity, and at least some of the information in a user interface which includes an automatically generated list of contacts and their associated recent activity.01-24-2013
20130024786MULTI-USER UNIVERSAL MULTI-CONVERSATION PLATFORM (MUMCP) METHOD AND SYSTEM - Provided is a multi-user, universal multi conversation computer platform (MUMCP), comprising a computer system accessible via one or more networks by a plurality of different types of electronic devices and systems and a computer program product hosted on the computer system, and executable to provide a graphical user interface (GUI) via a user device, the GUI comprising a plurality of computer screens delivering a set of user-based functions. The functions can include enabling a user to define a plurality of conversation categories, enabling the user to define different user identities for use when conversing in different conversation categories, enabling the user to define different conversation groups of users for each conversation category, organizing the conversation categories in independent display regions on a conversation page, displaying conversation activity into respective independent display regions, and enabling the user to communicate with other users within a conversation category using a user defined identity.01-24-2013
20130174056Instant Messaging Interface Having a Tear-Off Element - A user interface on a display enables user perception of information regarding a communications session that leverages an instant messaging platform. The user interface includes an instant messaging application user interface and one or more tear-off elements corresponding to ongoing instant messaging communications sessions. Each tear-off element is configured to enable perception and selection by a user of a corresponding instant messaging communications session. Also, each tear-off element is configured to be independently visually separated from other elements of the instant messaging application user interface and maintained as a separate entity on the instant messaging application user interface.07-04-2013
20130174057Instant Messaging Interface Having a Tear-Off Element - A user interface on a display enables user perception of information regarding a communications session that leverages an instant messaging platform. The user interface includes an instant messaging application user interface and one or more tear-off elements corresponding to ongoing instant messaging communications sessions. Each tear-off element is configured to enable perception and selection by a user of a corresponding instant messaging communications session. Also, each tear-off element is configured to be independently visually separated from other elements of the instant messaging application user interface and maintained as a separate entity on the instant messaging application user interface.07-04-2013
20130174058System and Method to Automatically Aggregate and Extract Key Concepts Within a Conversation by Semantically Identifying Key Topics - Methods are provided for providing a user with real-time access to supplemental information about named entities that appear within a conversation in a messaging application on a user terminal. Named entities, conversational topics, and sentiments are recognized as the user enters messages into the application. These are provided to a semantic search engine in a server system, that classifies the named entities into one of a variety of domains. Each domain has an associated tool for retrieving detailed supplemental information about the named entity. The server system transmits, to the user terminal, indicia that allow the user terminal to retrieve the supplemental information. Advertising related to a named entity having favorable sentiment also may be transmitted to the user terminal for display. These functions occur without the need for a separate search interface in the messaging application.07-04-2013
20130174054Method And Apparatus For Inputting Schedule In Mobile Communication Terminal - A terminal includes: a camera configured to capture an image using a lens; a memory configured to store the image captured by the camera and identification information corresponding to the captured image; a controller configured to provide control to generate schedule information based on the identification information and to store the generated schedule information in a scheduler; and a display unit configured to display the generated schedule information or the scheduler under the control of the controller.07-04-2013
20130174055Content Related Viewer Voting Apparatus, Method and System - The disclosed CONTENT RELATED VIEWER VOTING APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS (“CRVV”) transform requests for votes in displayed consumable media via CRVV components into rewards for voter recruiting through social networking. In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method includes: receiving a request to vote in a content-related electronic voting opportunity from a user; providing, a voting opportunity page having at least one voting question and an expiration time; recording a content-related vote; providing a single-click opportunity to share the content-related vote and the voting opportunity via a social network; generating a social vote post message; receiving a vote from a peer of the user who accessed the social vote post message; and correlating the vote of the peer with the recorded content-related vote, to create a recruited vote total attributable to the user for each voting question.07-04-2013
20080256461DYNAMIC CONFERENCE TABLE DISPLAY SYSTEM - A dynamic conference table display system includes a screen displayed on top of a conference table. The screen is capable of displaying multiple individual desktop views. The system further includes multiple storage devices, each storage device containing information related to a particular user. The location and size of each desktop view on the screen is associated with a particular storage device. A connector couples the multiple storage devices to a computer system that interfaces with the screen, such that when a storage device is coupled to the computer system via the connector, the computer system causes information from the storage device to be displayed on the screen in a desktop view at a location and of a size associated with the storage device. When a new storage device is coupled to the computer system, the computer system adjusts the sizes and the locations of the desktop views displayed on the screen to enable information from the new storage device to be displayed on the screen in a desktop view at a location and of a size associated with the new storage device.10-16-2008
20130185655SHARING ON-LINE MEDIA EXPERIENCES - A lead user may share an on-line media content experience with one or more followers by identifying content of interest being experienced on the lead user system, identifying one or more followers with whom to share the content of interest, inviting the followers to experience the content of interest, and enabling the followers to access the content of interest.07-18-2013
20080222536Ease of Use Feature for Audio Communications Within Chat Conferences - Methods and arrangements to communicate aurally during a chat conference are contemplated. Embodiments include transformations, code, state machines or other logic to communicate aurally during a chat conference by receiving through a user interface for the chat conference the designation of a participant in the chat conference, receiving through the user interface for the chat conference a command to capture audio, capturing audio, and transmitting the captured audio to the participant based upon the designation of the participant. In some embodiments, a participant may be designated by a mouse click on a name representing the participant. In some embodiments, the command to capture audio may be expressed by holding down a mouse button. In alternate embodiments, the command to capture audio may be expressed by a pop-up menu. In further embodiments, the captured audio may be stored and transmitted to additional participants.09-11-2008
20130179802Chaining Connection Requests - In one embodiment, a social networking system, in response to receiving an action request from a user, expands the portion of a social networking web site with which the user interacted to initiate the action request, and populates the expanded portion with object suggestions of the same type as the target object of the action request. In particular embodiments, the object suggestions are based at least in part on the characteristics of the target object of the action request. Such embodiments capitalize on the transitory mood of the user and facilitate and promote the chaining of subsequent action requests.07-11-2013
20130179803SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY CHANGING THE CONTENT OF AN INTERNET WEB PAGE - A host Web page includes an evolving interactive dialog box wherein an Internet user may enter user data to be processed. When the user completes entering user data in a first revolution of the interactive dialog box, the first revolution is replaced with a second revolution of the evolving interactive dialog box without disturbing or affecting any other part of the host Web page being displayed. Beneficially, the first and second revolutions may be communicated to a user computer together with and at a same time as the host Web page. Also, the second revolution may include a variety of data which is selected or customized to match the user data submitted in the first revolution. Each revolution of the evolving interactive dialog box may be comprised of any combination of general textual data entry fields, category (pull-down) menus, contact information data entry fields, and opt-in/opt-out buttons.07-11-2013
20090119603Interaction Scheduling Based On Activity Status Updates - Disclosed herein is a computer implemented method and system of scheduling interactions between a first user and one or more of multiple second users in an electronic environment based on activity information of the second users. The second users provide information on multiple activities of the second users in the electronic environment. Current activity status and the future activity status of the second users are determined from the activity information. The first user is updated on the determined current activity status and the determined future activity status of the second users. The computer implemented method and system disclosed herein enables the first user to plan the interactions with the second users based on the current activity status and the future activity status of the second users. The planning enables the scheduling of the interactions with the second users.05-07-2009
20130145285REVERSE METADATA VIEWING BY MULTIPLE PARTIES - Reverse metadata viewing by multiple parties, in one aspect, determines one or more second users that share one or more concerns of the first user, enable the first user to select said one or more second users. One or more concerns of said selected one or more second users are determined based on metadata information in electronic artifacts associated with said selected one or more second users. The first user is enabled to explore said one or more concerns of said selected one or more second users.06-06-2013
20110271212MANAGING MULTIPLE CONFERENCES VIA A CONFERENCE USER INTERFACE - Various embodiments of systems, methods, and computer programs are disclosed for managing multiple conferences via a conference user interface. One such method comprises: a conferencing system establishing a current conference, via a communication network, between a host and a first set of participants, the current audio conference having a first scheduled timeslot; during the current conference, the conferencing system: receiving, via the communication network, a request from one or more of a second set of participants to join a next conference between the host and the second set of participants, the next audio conference having a second scheduled timeslot; establishing the next conference between the second set of participants; and notifying the host that the second set of participants have joined the next conference; the conferencing system terminating the current conference; and in response to terminating the current conference, the conferencing system automatically adding the host to the next conference.11-03-2011
20110271205Location-Aware Conferencing With Graphical Representations That Enable Licensing and Advertising - Various embodiments of systems, methods, and computer programs are disclosed for providing a virtual conference. One embodiment is a method for providing a virtual conference that includes a conferencing system obtaining participant location information associated with a plurality of participant identifiers, the conferencing system establishing an audio conference with participants associated with the plurality of participant identifiers, and executing logic that selects a stored representation and communicates the stored representation to a rendering device that displays, during the audio conference, a graphical view responsive to the stored representation on a display device. A distributed system includes a conferencing system that establishes an audio conference among participants and a licensing application that communicates a representation to a rendering device that displays, during the audio conference, a graphical view responsive to the representation on the display device.11-03-2011
20080215993Communicator Program Manager - A method and apparatus for managing a plurality of communicator programs each having a corresponding interface, the method comprising receiving a sequence of selections of one of the plurality of communicator programs; sequentially presenting one of a plurality of communicator interfaces, each corresponding to one of the communicator programs; accessing information corresponding to each of the communicator programs; and sequentially presenting information corresponding to each of the plurality of communicator programs; the apparatus being configured to perform the method.09-04-2008
20130097529Group Network Connector - The present invention relates to a method and system for contacts management and an interface application for managing, searching and sharing electronic contact information of users of a group.04-18-2013
20130097528SUBJECTIVE USER INTERFACE - Disclosed is a subjective user interface that allows a user to define a worknet from a set of data objects of a business enterprise. The user may instantiate channels which are subsets of the worknet. In embodiments, predefined channels may be created and then installed in the user's subjective user interface, which the user may choose as a new channel. Activity spaces may be defined within a channel comprising members of the channel. The data objects that comprise a worknet, or a channel, or an activity space may comprise people as well as non-person (inanimate) entities.04-18-2013
20130097531DETECTING ASSOCIATES - Detecting, for a content item, associated preference events is disclosed. For the content item, a plurality of preference events from a plurality of users is received. The received preference events are accumulated. Associated events are detected. The effect of the events is reduced when assigning a status to the item.04-18-2013
20130097530CALENDAR OVERLAYS - Implementing an electronic calendar can include accessing a first electronic calendar owned by a first party, accessing a second electronic calendar owned by a second party, and presenting a view that combines at least one existing entry from within each of the first and second electronic calendars. Source information for each of the first and second electronic calendars may be electronically maintained. The combined view may be updated electronically to reflect a change to at least one of the existing entries from within at least one of the first and second electronic calendars. Electronic calendars may be accessed and overlaid without importing events, thus enabling simple updating. Event information may be imported and source or other attributes may be associated with imported information to enable updating and other sorting functions.04-18-2013
20130104056Graphical User Interfaces for Supporting Collaborative Generation of Life Stories - Systems and methods for modifying a social timeline are described. A method for modifying a social timeline includes generating data to display a timeline graphic. The time graphic includes a chronology bar that is associated with at least two dates. The method further includes associating image data with the at least two dates to display images along the timeline graphic. The images describe a life story of an account holder. The method includes generating data to allow the account holder to post a comment to the life story along the timeline graphic.04-25-2013
20130104055TECHNIQUES FOR GENERATING AND DISPLAYING A VISUAL FLOW OF USER CONTENT THROUGH A SOCIAL NETWORK - A computer-implemented technique for generating a visual display illustrating the flow of user content in a social network is described. The technique can include determining a user content associated with a plurality of users. The technique can further include generating a visual display that includes a region for each user of the plurality of users. The technique can also include generating arranging the regions in the visual display according to a set of layout rules, and aligning a directional indicator in the visual display. The technique can include providing the visual display to a user via a display.04-25-2013
20130104054Techniques to Facilitate Asynchronous Communication - Users may communicate an idea asynchronously by including contextual information. The contextual information may be presented in multimodal annotations, suggestions of logical idea progression, and a chronological history of the project creation. The contextual information may include content captured from the real-world including from the user's immediate environment or elsewhere.04-25-2013
20130125025METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR PROVIDING REMOTE PARTICIPATION IN MULTI-MEDIA EVENTS - Implementing remote participation in events is provided. The implementation includes providing a view of an instance of an application on endpoint systems in response to a common option received from users of the endpoint systems of the application, receiving a role from each of the users that include an active participant role and a coach role, and receiving performance data from the endpoint systems. The implementation also includes populating the view with virtual representations of the users of each of the endpoint systems having the active participant role. The populating includes positioning the virtual representations at various locations in the view. The various locations are indicative of the performance data and the view represents an event selected as the common option, which includes a simulated exercise course.05-16-2013
20130125024Method of Networking Groups of Users And Organizations And Disseminating Information - A system and method for connecting users and organizations using an internet-based communication platform having a database and a user interface. The method includes storing information regarding a plurality of organizations into the database and receiving through the user interface information relating to a particular user. The method further includes receiving through the user interface search criteria from the user, then generating and displaying on the user interface a list of search results based on the search criteria from the user and the information relating to the plurality of organizations stored in the database. A request is received through the user interface from the user to join a particular organization and a one-way notification is sent to a group of users who have joined that particular organization.05-16-2013
20130125023SYSTEM AND METHOD OF SHARING APPLICATION INFORMATION - Methods and apparatus are provided for sharing application information. Application information regarding a plurality of applications is stored. The application information is received from a plurality of user terminals. An application information request is received from a user terminal. The application information is edited. The edited application information is provided to the user terminal, in response to the application information request.05-16-2013
20130132861SOCIAL MEDIA DASHBOARDS - Disclosed are systems, apparatus, methods and computer-readable media for providing a social media dashboard. In some implementations, web browser data including a social media dashboard and a webpage are provided. In some instances, the social media dashboard is a user interface displayed in association with a webpage on a device. In some other instances, the social media dashboard includes one or more user selectable mechanisms configured to cause an action to interact with an information feed associated with a user profile in an online social network. In some instances, the presentation of the social media dashboard is updated, independent of the presentation of the web page, to include information indicating a record update.05-23-2013
20130145284ACCESS POLICY BASED ON COLLABORATION PARTICIPATION - According to example configurations as described herein, an on-line conference management application receives an indication of multiple participants that attend an on-line collaboration meeting. The conference management system stores identities of content shared amongst the multiple participants during the on-line collaboration meeting. Based on identities of the multiple participants and shared content, the conference management system generates an access policy. Subsequent to termination of the on-line collaboration meeting, the conference management system utilizes the access policy to prevent unauthorized access to the shared content. For example, the conference management system can receive a request from a user to access the shared content. The management system checks to determine whether the user was a participant at the on-line collaboration meeting. Responsive to detecting that the user attended the on-line collaboration meeting as specified by the access policy, the management system can provide access to the particular document to the user.06-06-2013
20130145288System and Method for Identifying Nearby, Compatible Users - A system and method displays to a user nearby other user's compatible with that user.06-06-2013
20110225511RESOURCE BASED VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES - This invention disclosed a system and method for resource based virtual communities. Any resources that can be shared or used by multiple people, including Internet resources, software or other resources can be the basis for the community, whose members are users of the resource. Web resources include web sites, web pages news groups or discussion forums. Other types of resources include software products, bulletin boards, games or other products. The community composes of the current resource users such as web page readers, bulletin board posters, game players, software users. Whenever a person accesses or uses the resource, the user is automatically joined as part of the community. At the same time they are using the resource, they can access all services provided by the community, such as talking with other members, collaborating with others, publishing comments, or even adding new community services. A universal virtual community server is disclosed to support all virtual communities based on all resources in the world and all users in the Internet. There are 6 methods disclosed for individual users to connect to this resource based communities.09-15-2011
20100287483WEB-BASED GROUPWARE SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a system and method for providing a communication network. The system comprises a network-connected server having input and access capabilities, a site builder, a transmitter, a communicator, and memory. The site-builder receives instructions input from a first user and creates a dedicated network site based on the received instructions. The transmitter communicates the existence of the dedicated network site to a nominated second user. The communicator provides accesses to the contents of the dedicated network site by the first and second users. The memory stores information input by the first and the second user in the dedicated network site.11-11-2010
20110239134SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COLLABORATION - In some embodiments, the disclosed systems and methods provide a client-server infrastructure capable of supporting a variety of asynchronous and synchronous collaboration activities in a so-called collaboration place. Some of these activities include chatting, viewing and/or editing one or more data files, and sharing one or more applications, data files, and/or displays. The client-server infrastructure supports seamless navigation between the supported asynchronous and synchronous activities in the collaboration place. Additionally, the client-server architecture supports data persistence, so that data files associated with the collaboration place can be stored for subsequent access.09-29-2011
20130151990CUSTOMIZED USER INTERFACE BASED ON USER PROFILE INFORMATION - A user interface including one or more references to content is customized. Several user profiles are provided from which a user may be associated. Each user profile includes user profile information. The user profile associated with a user to whom a user interface will be provided is accessed. A user interface is configured for the user, based at least in part upon the user profile accessed as being associated with the user. Access to content is enabled based on user manipulation of the configured user interface.06-13-2013
20130151991MANAGING CUSTOMIZED USER INTERFACES - A user interface including one or more references to content is customized. Several user profiles are provided from which a user may be associated. Each user profile includes user profile information. The user profile associated with a user to whom a user interface will be provided is accessed. A user interface is configured for the user, based at least in part upon the user profile accessed as being associated with the user. Access to content is enabled based on user manipulation of the configured user interface.06-13-2013
20130151989PRESENTING CONTEXT INFORMATION IN A COMPUTING DEVICE - An electronic computing device can be configured to act as a text-entry device and a cursor control device for a second device. The first device can include a touch-sensitive display capable of receiving text inputs and cursor inputs for controlling operations performed on the second device which is communicatively coupled to the first device. The first device can be configured such that selection of a field displayed by the second device can cause information such as text from a focus field to be displayed by the first device. The second device can be configured to send information pertaining to the focus field to the first device. The information can include a warning that the maximum length of input for the focus field has been, or is about to be, exceeded.06-13-2013
20130151988SOCIAL-CHRONOGRAPHIC-GEOGRAPHIC MEDIA FILE BROWSING SYSTEM AND METHOD - Users are able to browse a digital-media content based on social-graph-related criteria, time-related criteria, and geolocation-related criteria. A social-chronographic-geographic media file browsing system builds a social-chronographic-geographic media query and retrieves digital-media content (and associated metadata) based on a given user's search criteria. In accordance with various embodiments, the social-chronographic-geographic media file browsing system retrieves an interactive map from cartographic data provider and then places a graphical media control on the interactive map according to the provided geolocation-related criterion.06-13-2013
20130151987Tactile Interface for Social Networking System - A user interface includes a tactile interface on a client device that allows users to interact with social networking system content in a manner that is optimized for touch screens and mobile devices. The tactile interface allows users to efficiently navigate the social networking system data as well as to capture new content for upload to the social networking system. New content may be captured in a way that allows the user to preview the content in-context.06-13-2013
20130091442Global Account Configuration Instances - A networking system supports dynamic management of representations of interactions between network members and resources based on global representations of the interactions. Representative views of the interactions for various devices associated with members and network accounts can be managed based on the global representation and configuration information. Representative views can be accessed simultaneously from separate devices, and upon accessing a network from supporting devices, enabling seamless transitions between supporting devices. Members can be provided an option of accessing interactions and engaging in new interactions. Multiple instances of resources can be distributed and provided to members based on locations, energy usage associated with supporting the interactions, and capabilities of devices associated with members. Interactions by various associated devices can be managed, controlled, and restricted based on configuration information.04-11-2013
20120284645Systems And Methodologies Providing Controlled Voice And Data Communication Among A Plurality Of Computing Appliances Associated As Team Members Of At Least One Respective Team Or Of A Plurality Of Teams And Sub-Teams Within The Teams - A system and methodology for communication and collaboration among a plurality of computing appliances associated as team members. The system is comprised of: at least one local communication means for use by at least one local team member, and conveying data (preferably media data and collaboration data); at least one other communication means for use by at least one other team member, and conveying data. Gateway means conveys data between each of the communication means. Network means links said at least one local communication means, and, said at least one other communication means, and enables the conveyance of the data. Display means provides a display presentation of a display image of display image data, for viewing by respective users at each of said at least one local communication means and said at least one other communication means. Input means provides annotation data representative of a respective user providing an input of annotations made relative to viewing the display of the common base image at a respective display apparatus at each of said at both the communication means (local and other). Storage means stores the annotation data as associated with the respective user at each of said local and said other communication means. Selection means permits selection as to which of the annotation data is selected annotation data. A display apparatus provides a combined display presentation responsive to the display image data and to the selected annotation data.11-08-2012
20120284644Systems And Methodologies Comprising A Plurality Of Computing Appliances Having Input Apparatus And Display Apparatus And Logically Structured As A Main Team - A system and methodology for collaboration, comprising a plurality of computing appliances, and control logic for logically structuring the plurality of computing appliances as a main team. At least two of the computing appliances have input apparatus and display apparatus. The main team is comprised of a plurality of sub-teams, wherein each of the sub-teams is comprised of at least one of the plurality of computing appliances. Communications logic provides at least two levels of data communication and display presentation, a first level as between all of the plurality of computing appliances on the team, and a second set of a plurality of second levels as between those said computing appliances on each same said sub-team. Each of the computing appliances is associated with a respective one of said second set of levels. Display presentation apparatus provides a first display presentation to each of the computing appliances on the same said team, comprising a display presentation responsive to the respective first level, and provides a second display presentation to each of the computing appliances on a same sub-team, for a respective one of the second set of levels that is associated with the respective computing appliances. Communications apparatus provides audio communications among all the computing appliances that are associated with the same respective said level. In an alternate embodiment, a separate communications channel is associated with each said level and provides a separate level of audio communications among the respective computing appliances associated with a respective one of said levels.11-08-2012
20120284649SYSTEM FOR RECORDING AND BROADCASTING AUDIO MESSAGES TO SOCIAL NETWORKS, WEB, BLOG SPACES AND QUICK RESPONSE CODES - This invention allows users to record audio or video messages from a variety of sources and automatically distribute them to various websites. Additionally this invention automatically designates a quick response code, for each message, which links to a uniform resource locator for the recorded message so that the quick response code can be placed on printed media and scanned to access the recorded message. The uniform resource locator, associated with the quick response code can be prescheduled to automatically change based on a time or date.11-08-2012
20120284648Cascading Data Displays and Methods - A cascading data display system for use in message or discussion forums hosted and maintained via computer-aided media, comprising a discussion board including one or more columns and one or more rows in each column; a posting component adapted to post user-initiated messages in the row or rows of each column of the discussion board; and an arranging component adapted to arrange the user-initiated messages into each column based on the status of the messages. A cascading data display method includes providing a discussion board hosted and maintained via computer-aided media comprising one or more columns and a plurality of rows; posting user-initiated messages in the column or columns and rows of the discussion board; and arranging the user-initiated messages into the one or more columns based on a status of the messages.11-08-2012
20120284647COLLABORATIVE INPUT SYSTEM - A method in a collaborative input system comprises a computer system, a display associated with the computer system, and a plurality of remote terminals each associated with one of a respective plurality of users and each having a display. The plurality of remote terminals are in communication with the computer system. The method comprises: displaying, on the display, a seed word; transmitting a request for a word from the computer to each of the remote terminals; at each of the remote terminals, prompting the respective user to enter a word by displaying a request for data entry; receiving, at at least one of the remote terminals, a word entered by a user; transmitting the entered word from the at least one of remote terminals to the computer; and displaying each word received from a remote terminal on the display in association with the seed word.11-08-2012
20120284646Systems And Methodologies Providing Collaboration And Display Among A Plurality Of Users - A system and methodology for collaboration and display among a plurality of users. The system is comprised of mapping logic defining a mapped structure for storing a plurality of separate layers of data in a plurality of data layers; and, storage for storing layer data in selected ones of said plurality of separate data layers, responsive to the mapping logic. The mapping logic associates user image data for each of at least two of the plurality of users for storage as respective said layer data in a respective one of the separate data layers. The system is further comprised of display definition logic controlling which of the plurality of data layers are utilized in providing a display presentation to at least one of the plurality of users. In an alternate embodiment, the system is further comprised of display mapping logic determining a hierarchial structuring for utilization within the display presentation of each respective said one of the data layers, placed within the combined display presentation according to the mapping logic, to appear atop one another within the display presentation, with a precedence of display presence, for providing a combined display presentation; and, display generation logic responsive to the display definition logic, the storage, the mapping logic, and the display mapping logic, for providing the combined display presentation comprising the display presentation associated with a first said data layer of the plurality of data layers appearing within the combined display presentation.11-08-2012
20120284643System And Methodology For Collaboration in Groups With Split Screen Displays - A system and methodology for collaboration. A plurality of computing appliances, each respective one of the plurality of computing appliances having a display apparatus and having a user input apparatus to provide respective annotation data as input for the respective user to permit the respective user to provide annotations which appear within a display presentation as an image for viewing and representative of the annotations. A first subset of the plurality of computing appliances is comprised of at least two of the computing appliances that form members of a group. Separate selective communication of the annotation data is provided among the members of the group. There is selective display of the annotation data to selected ones of the members of the group. The annotation data is selectively coupled for distribution to other ones of the plurality of computing appliances in the group for selective viewing at certain other ones of the plurality of computing appliances.11-08-2012
20120284642System And Methodology For Collaboration, With Selective Display Of User Input Annotations Among Member Computing Appliances Of A Group/Team - A system and methodology for collaboration. The illustrated system is comprised of a plurality of computing appliances, each respective one of the plurality of computing appliances, having a user input apparatus to provide respective annotation data as input for the respective user to permit the respective user to provide annotations which appear within a display presentation as an image for viewing and representative of the annotations. A first subset of the plurality of computing appliances, comprising at least two of the computing appliances, form members of a group; wherein separate selective communication of the annotation data is provided separately among the members of the group. There is selective display of the annotation data to selected ones of the members of the group. The annotation data is selectively coupled for distribution to other ones of the plurality of computing appliances in the group for selective viewing at said certain other ones of the plurality of computing appliances. The system is further comprised of selection logic permitting at least one of the users' to selectively choose which of the other users within the group are selected ones that are to have their corresponding annotations viewed as part of the display presentation for the at least one of the users. The selective display is visible only at the computing appliances of the selected ones of the members of the group.11-08-2012
20120284641Systems And Methodologies Providing For Collaboration By Respective Users Of A Plurality Of Computing Appliances Working Concurrently On A Common Project Having An Associated Display - A system and methodology for collaborating. A plurality of computing appliances for use by a respective plurality of users, provides a combined display presentation of collaboration responsive to input of annotations made by at least two of the users working simultaneously on a common project having an associated common display presentation comprising a base image display combined with a display of the annotations as made by the at least two of the users. The system is comprised of layer storage comprising a plurality of separate respective data layers, providing associatively mapped storage of respective user data wherein each said data layer is associated with a respective user. Each said data layer of storage stores respective user data that is used to generate a respective display of respective user annotations as input by the respective user, as made relative to a display presentation of the base image display. Display control logic provides individualized selective control of utilization of each said separate respective data layer, as selected layers that are utilized in generation of a combined display presentation. The display control logic provides generation of the combined display presentation showing the collaboration of the respective ones of the users responsive to utilizing the respective ones of the selected data layers. In one embodiment, the system is further comprised of communication apparatus providing voice (and/or video) communication between each of at least two of the plurality of users, during the providing of the respective combined display presentation to said each of said at least two of the plurality of users, and the input of annotations by the users.11-08-2012
20120284640DYNAMIC E-MEETING SUMMARIZATION - A method, computer program product, and system for dynamic e-meeting summarization is described. A method may comprise monitoring behavior of an e-meeting participant and determining one or more portions of an e-meeting to summarize for the e-meeting participant based upon, at least in part, the behavior of the e-meeting participant. The method may further comprise determining a summary-content time-frame for the e-meeting participant based upon, at least in part, the one or more portions of the e-meeting to summarize for the e-meeting participant, the summary-content time-frame corresponding to an amount of time for the e-meeting participant to consume a summary of the e-meeting. The method may additionally comprise generating, during the e-meeting, the summary of the e-meeting in accordance with the summary-content time-frame for the e-meeting participant, the summary of the e-meeting based upon, at least in part, the one or more portions of the e-meeting.11-08-2012
20130159882COLLABORATIVE DATA MINING AND ANALYSIS - Provided are methods, systems, and computer readable media for user interaction with database methods and systems. In an aspect, a user interface can be generated to facilitate dynamic display generation to view data. The system can comprise a visualization component to dynamically generate one or more visual representations of the data to present in the state space.06-20-2013
20130159883SYSTEM AND METHOD OF SHARING INFORMATION IN AN ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORK - Sharing information in an online social network, comprising data mining by analyzing a first user profile and a plurality of other user profiles for finding shared interests among the users of said profiles; selecting from the found shared interests a set of shared interests; displaying at the graphical user interface of the first user the profile of at least one of the other users sharing said set of selected shared interests; and displaying at the graphical user interface a list of the shared interests from the selected set.06-20-2013
20130159884INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus may include at least one communication interface configured to receive notification of one or more other apparatuses in proximity to the apparatus; and at least one processor configured to, in response to the notification and based at least in part on a calculated sharing recommendation degree, cause at least one display to display a prompt to share content with at least one of the other apparatuses. An information processing method may include determining that one or more other apparatuses are in proximity to a first apparatus; calculating a sharing recommendation degree; and in response to determining that the one or more other apparatuses are in proximity to the first apparatus, and based at least in part on the calculated sharing recommendation degree, displaying on a display of the first apparatus a prompt to share content with at least one of the other apparatuses.06-20-2013
20130159880DYNAMIC SCREEN SHARING FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE - Illustrative embodiments disclose sharing an area of a computer system screen. A first computer system configures a sharing session for sharing a region of the screen with a second computer system. The first computer system assesses information on performance of the sharing session, determining from the information a minimum size of the region based on the assessment, and then selects the region to share based on the assessment and a designation by a user.06-20-2013
20130159881END-USER PORTAL SYSTEM FOR REMOTE TECHNICAL SUPPORT - A controller provides information regarding end-user dictated content for a plurality of technical support topics to an end-user device prior to the controller receiving any indication of specific technical support required by the end-user. Additionally, the controller provides information regarding available automated technical support to the end-user device prior to the controller receiving any indication of specific technical support required by the end-user. The end-user device provides an indication of selection of at least a portion of the either the information regarding end-user dictated content for a plurality of technical support topics or the information regarding available automated technical support. By providing such information prior to receiving any indication of the specific technical support required by the end-user, the likelihood that the end-user can successfully resolve his/her issue without further intervention is increased.06-20-2013
20130159885SELECTIVELY DISPLAYING CONTENT TO A USER OF A SOCIAL NETWORK - A computer-implemented method for selectively displaying a content to a user of a social network, including maintaining in a computer system for each user of the social network a profile including data on individual preferences and/or interests of the user and the significance of each preference and/or interest for the user; providing input data including content; receiving a request of the user for displaying content; and selectively displaying filtered content to the user in response to the request, in which the filtered content is displayed in accordance with the profile of the user.06-20-2013
20130159886DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANAGING EVENT INFORMATION IN WIRELESS TERMINAL - A device and method is provided for managing event information in a wireless terminal. The device includes a controller for controlling and sorting at least one event information based on a menu, and providing an identifier corresponding to the menu on a date-by-date basis, and a displaying unit for displaying event information on the date-by-date basis, using the identifier. The method includes the steps of sorting at least one event information by a menu, and displaying event information on a date-by-date basis, using an identifier corresponding to the menu.06-20-2013
20130185657Media Annotation Visualization Tools and Techniques, and an Aggregate-Behavior Visualization System Utilizing Such Tools and Techniques - Methods of facilitating the discovery of relationships between/among participants within systems for annotating visual media objects to create new associations, communities, and other relationships. These methods include processing annotations, metadata, and/or other information using one or more aggregate-behavior-visualization algorithms and displaying aggregate-behavior visualizations to users. These visualizations allow users to seek out and discover relationships and provide unique knowledge assets useful for a variety of purposes, including creating smart documents and fostering learning.07-18-2013
20130185658Portable Electronic Device, Content Publishing Method, And Prompting Method - A portable electronic device, a method for content publishing using the portable electronic device, and a prompting method for content selection are described. The electronic device includes a display unit to display to an user; an acquirement unit for content data acquirement; a selection unit for selecting at least one destination address for content data publishing; and a transmission unit for transmission of content data based on a destination address containing content data for external visits.07-18-2013
20130185653SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING MULTIMEDIA COMPILATION GENERATION - The present invention generally relates to generation of compilations. Specifically, this invention relates to a computer implemented system and method for providing users the ability to generate a multimedia compilation (e.g., biography) and provide the multimedia compilation to one or more individuals in one or more physical and/or digital formats.07-18-2013
20130185656SHARING ON-LINE MEDIA EXPERIENCES - A lead user may share an on-line media content experience with one or more followers by identifying content of interest being experienced on the lead user system, identifying one or more followers with whom to share the content of interest, inviting the followers to experience the content of interest, and enabling the followers to access the content of interest.07-18-2013
20130185651PEOPLE PRESENCE DETECTION IN A MULTIDOCUMENT KNOWLEDGE BASE - User presence is detected in a notebook that includes multiple different documents. The user identity and location within the notebook can be displayed to other users to facilitate collaboration.07-18-2013
20110289430SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING VIRTUAL WORLD ANONYMITY - Interaction in a virtual space may be facilitated among a super user and one or more users while preserving anonymity between the one or more users. The super user may be an individual that provides guidance or counseling to users within the virtual space regarding personal matters. As such, interactions between the super user and the one or more users may be based at least in part on confidential information respectively associated with the one or more users. The super user can obtain confidential information without exposing the identity of an associated user. Since anonymity is preserved, the one or more users can interact freely with the super user without concern of being identified.11-24-2011
20110296317METHOD ENABLING COLLABORATIVE EDITING OF OBJECT IN CONTENT DATA, COMPUTER SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A program product and a method with which a server computer enables an object in content data to be edited collaboratively. The server computer is connectable through a network to a first client computer associated with a first user and a second client computer associated with a second user. In addition, the present invention provides a method that enables an object in content data to be edited collaboratively by a first client computer associated with a first user and a second client computer associated with a second user. The present invention provides a system and a program product as well.12-01-2011
20110314393FILTERING SHARED CONTENT - The application concerns sharing content generated within a system for one or more application displays to be displayed on a first computing device of a first user. A second user is sent a message concerning sharing sharable content wherein the sharable content includes at least a portion of content from the one or more application displays that were generated for the first user. The message includes an access identifier and in response to the second user accepting the message, the system uses the access identifier to share with the second user said sharable content that was generated for the first user. Prior to providing the sharable content to the second user the sharable content can be filtered. Filtering can be performed according to parameters that can be provided by the first user or according to a default values.12-22-2011
20110314392INCORPORATING CALENDAR INTERFACES TO DYNAMICALLY ADJUST PRESENTATION INFORMATION - In one embodiment, a method includes identifying a group and determining an authorization associated with the group. The group includes a plurality of parties, and the authorization is indicative of a privilege level associated with the group. The method also includes obtaining a set of data and processing the set of data. Processing the set of the data includes determining if the authorization indicates that at least a first section of the data is accessible to the group. Finally, the first section of data is rendered for presentation to the group if it is determined that the authorization indicates that the first section of the data is accessible to the group.12-22-2011
20130191763Production Scripting in an Online Event - Various embodiments of systems, methods, and computer programs are disclosed for producing an online event. One embodiment is a method comprising: creating a production script for an online event comprising an audio conference between one or more speakers and a plurality of listen-only viewers, the production script comprising a series of production prompts associated with a production timeline; a server presenting an event production user interface to an event producer and a viewer user interface to the listen-only viewers, the event production user interface configured to selectively control the viewer user interface during the online event; and presenting, in the event production user interface, the production prompts in accordance with the production timeline during the online event.07-25-2013
20120005598AUTOMATIC CO-BROWSING INVITATIONS - Embodiments can include instructions or steps, which when carried out, detect that copy operations are being performed on website data displayed to a user. Further to this detection, a co-browsing query for display to a user may be generated, an instruction to associate a co-browsing invitation with website data copied by the user may also be generated and a co-browsing invitation and pasted website data may be sent to an invitee.01-05-2012
20130198655Interface for Sharing Posts About a Live Online Event Among Users of a Social Networking System - An external system (e.g., a website) is associated with an event and includes an interface that allows users to interact with streams of content associated with a social networking system. The interface allows a user to provide posts about the event via the interface, where the posts are displayed in the interface and also in a social networking interface on social networking system in connection with the user and other users associated with that user. The user can view, via the interface on the external system, posts from all users that are provided via the interface (e.g., everyone watching the event), thereby increasing the likelihood that the posts are relevant to the event. The user can also view, via the interface, posts from users associated with the user via the social networking system (e.g., friends of the user), regardless of where those are posted.08-01-2013
20130198654Systems, Methods, and Computer Programs for Controlling a Conference Interface Without Joining as a Participant - A method for monitoring and controlling a conference interface includes receiving a request indicating that a notification of an event associated with the conference interface is desired, determining occurrence of the event, sending the notice to a computing device that initiated the request, receiving an out-of-conference communication from the computing device and in response thereto, modifying a characteristic of the conference interface. A system includes computing devices coupled to a conferencing platform via one or more networks. The conference platform operates a web server that publishes a graphical user interface associated with an identified subscriber. A computing device associated with the identified subscriber is provided an application that enables the computing device to communicate a request for notification of an event in their conference interface without being present in the conference interface. The application enables the computing device to receive notification of the event and to respond to the same.08-01-2013
20120066618CAROUSEL OF THE NEW - In a method of ranking or filtering new content items for presentation to members of a group of users of a social-networking service, content items that are candidates for presentation to the members are received. A user of the social-networking service is enabled to serve as a curator of the candidates, with the enabling including enabling the user to scroll through subsets of the candidates in a carousel user interface to indicate an opinion of the user with respect to an importance to the group of each of one or more candidates. One or more of the candidates are presented to the members of the group based on the opinion of the user with respect to the candidates.03-15-2012
20130205228METHOD FOR MANAGING PRESENCE INFORMATION - A method for managing presence information. It comprises setting, by a user, a hyper-availability status to active, at any time said user wants to be contacted by his peers in a presence service, and selecting, by said user, at least one service and/or communication means he wants his peers to contact him through, when in said hyper-availability status by associating the at least one service and/or communication means selection to said hyper-availability status.08-08-2013
20130205227METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING DOCUMENTS - Techniques for processing a set of documents. The techniques include automatically identifying at least one unresolved issue associated with a first document, including a first unresolved issue and a second unresolved issue associated with the first document. The techniques also include resolving the first unresolved issue by presenting information associated with the first unresolved issue to a first user, receiving input from the first user in response to the presented information associated with the first unresolved issue, and resolving the first unresolved issue based on the input received from the first user. The techniques further include resolving the second unresolved issue by presenting information associated with the second unresolved issue to a second user, receiving input from the second user in response to the presented information associated with the second unresolved issue, and resolving the second unresolved issue based on the input received from the second user.08-08-2013
20130091441DETERMINING INTENT OF A RECOMMENDATION ON A MOBILE APPLICATION - Methods and systems are provided for determining the intent of a recommendation made by a user of a mobile application where the application includes a plurality of separable components, any one or more of which the recommendation can apply to. An application in which a user recommendation control is provided for presentation to a user also includes a tag indicating how a recommendation of the application should be interpreted with respect to the components included therein. The tag can be set by the application developer and can be in the form of text (e.g., a keyword or term) or a uniform resource locator (URL). Where a tag references multiple components of an application, a recommending user can be presented with a recommendation intent query. The recommendation intent query allows a user to designate one or more components of the application to which the user's recommendation should be attributed.04-11-2013
20130091440Workspace Collaboration Via a Wall-Type Computing Device - Multi-user, multi-computing device collaborative work experience is provided. One or more computing devices, including wired and wireless personal computers, laptop computers, servers, handheld mobile computing devices, for example, mobile telephones, tablet type computers, slate type computers and the like, may be linked together to allow users of such devices to engage in a collaborative work session. Information for each user engaged in the collaborative work session may be displayed on the one or more devices along with any content such as agenda items, documents, data, images, and the like. User participation may be tracked, and information on user participation, work session communications and content may be stored for subsequent use.04-11-2013
20130212492METHOD AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS FOR ASSOCIATING NOTE AND CALENDAR EVENT - A method and an electronic apparatus for associating a note and a calendar event are provided. In the method, when the note is added, at least one event with an event time close to a creating time of the note is inquired from a plurality of events recorded in a calendar, and the note is associated with one of the events.08-15-2013
20130212493EFFICIENT MULTIMEDIA CONTENT DISCOVERY AND NAVIGATION BASED ON REASON FOR RECOMMENDATION - A method of multimedia content discovery and navigation based on criteria for recommendation includes displaying a multimedia content based on a criteria for recommending the multimedia content, displaying the criteria for recommending the multimedia content along with the multimedia content, processing a first input that includes a selection of the multimedia content, and playing the multimedia content on the selection of the multimedia content. The multimedia content display module may display a second set of multimedia content associated with the second criteria on the selection of the second criteria. The first criteria may include at least one of (i) reasons based on popularity, (ii) reasons based on user favorites, and (iii) reasons based on friends' activities.08-15-2013
20130212490AUGMENTED SCREEN SHARING IN AN ELECTRONIC MEETING - Described are methods for providing contextually relevant data to participants of an electronic communication. A screen sharing session is established between a plurality of participants of the electronic communication. A set of contextual relevance data is determined between contents of the screen sharing session, at least one of the participants, and external data related to the at least one of the participants. The screen sharing session is changed to include the contextual relevance data.08-15-2013
20130212491COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED METHOD FOR DISPLAYING AN INDIVIDUAL TIMELINE OF A USER OF A SOCIAL NETWORK, COMPUTER SYSTEM AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM THEREOF - The present disclosure relates in general to social networks run in a computer environment and relates in particular to methods and systems for displaying an individual timeline of a registered user (member) of a social network in accordance with selectable, pre-selectable or adjustable settings for individual users. The method and system according to the present application provides a user a persistent way to track social moments with content and people, including tracking the past and future of a user's time (e.g., activities and events). At a glance, the user can see not only the moment, but also the associated people or content and its significance, in a graphical representation referred to as a “timeline.”08-15-2013
20130212488AUGMENTED SCREEN SHARING IN AN ELECTRONIC MEETING - Described are systems for providing contextually relevant data to participants of an electronic communication. A screen sharing session is established between a plurality of participants of the electronic communication. A set of contextual relevance data is determined between contents of the screen sharing session, at least one of the participants, and external data related to the at least one of the participants. The screen sharing session is changed to include the contextual relevance data.08-15-2013
20130212489Method for Providing Multiple Mouse Inputs in a Remote Desktop Session - A computer (host), which is communicating with an interactive whiteboard projector (client) through a remote desktop connection, launches third-party applications supporting multiple mice (i.e. drawing pens) and provides these applications with virtual mouse device and input event signals for each pen device connected on the projector. The applications will behave as if the host system were configured with multiple installed mice, though no added driver or physical connected hardware is present.08-15-2013
20130212495DYNAMICALLY UPDATING MEDIA CONTENT FOR DISPLAY TO A USER OF A SOCIAL NETWORK ENVIRONMENT BASED ON USER INTERACTIONS - A system and method provides dynamically selected media content to someone using an electronic device in a social network environment. Items of media content are selected for the user based on his or her relationships with one or more other users. The user's relationships with other users are reflected in the selected media content and its format. An order is assigned to the items of media content, for example, based on their anticipated importance to the user, and the items of media content are displayed to the user in the assigned order. The user may change the order of the items of media content. The user's interactions with media content available in the social network environment are monitored, and those interactions are used to select additional items of media content for the user.08-15-2013
20130212494System and Method for Communicating among Members of Meeting Groups - A system and method for communicating at least one message between users is provided. The method includes the steps of transmitting, to a plurality of users, data configured to display at least one graphical user interface configured to facilitate users to organize and join a plurality of meeting groups associated with a plurality of in-person meetings or events; transmitting, to at least one user of the plurality of users, information identifying at least one predetermined communication; and in response to only a single action performed by the at least one user, transmitting the at least one predetermined communication to at least one other user of the plurality of users.08-15-2013