On February 23, 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “USPTO”) issued United States Patent 7,669,123 (the “123 Patent”), entitled “Dynamically providing a news feed about a user of a social network”, to Facebook, Inc., filed August 11, 2006 and claiming priority from various applications filed as early as December 13, 2005. The patent has 3 independent claims for a method, system and computer readable medium having embodied thereon a program. At its most basic, the claimed method steps are:
As noted in the patent specification, and as noted by other authors, the patent essentially relates to filterable “mini-feeds” – which are now ubiquitous in social media, and could apply to the many common social networking services, including some offered by Twitter, MySpace, Flickr, Google Buzz, LinkedIn, Yahoo Mail, and Windows Live. As such, Facebook could potentially choose to pursue action against such social-media sites that potentially violate this patent.
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