AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON FILTERING TWITTER FEEDS FROM BUSINESS CONTACTS - This application from Salesforce.com seeks to patent the idea of... filtering feeds associated with individuals in a business directory matching a search query (e.g. data managers) and displaying the filtered feed on a computer! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help.
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before Aug 18, 2011 that discusses:
- A method of FILTERING BUSINESS CONTACTS; aggregating twitter feeds from the filtered contacts; and
- Searching within the FILTERED TWITTER FEED;
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question.. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual.
EXTRA CREDIT - A reference to anything that meets all of the criteria to the question above AND ALSO enables the user to CONTACT members of the filtered network feed.
TITLE: VIEWING A CONTACT NETWORK FEED IN A BUSINESS DIRECTORY
Summary: [Translated from Legalish into English] A method of filtering individuals, receiving feeds from the filtered individuals, and (optionally) contacting some of the individuals, who may or may be preexisting contacts. For example, a system outputs the twitter feeds from the data center managers that mention a competitor's specific product and (optionally) allowing you to contact some of these data center managers to say, “Hey! buy my product instead”.
- Publication Number: US 20130159434 A1
- Application Number: 13/558,577
- Assignee: Salesforce, Inc.
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating Aug 18, 2011
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through Dec 20, 2013
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method for viewing a contact network feed in a business directory environment, comprising:
Searching, based on a user specified search, a business directory to determine contacts;
Identifying network feeds associated with the contacts;
Outputting the network feeds;
Filtering, based on a user specified filter, the network feeds to determine filtered network feeds; and
Outputting the filtered network feeds to a display device.
In English this means:
A method for filtering (e.g., twitter) feeds, comprising:
Searching a business directory to find individuals (potential contacts); and
Identifying network feeds associated with these individuals and getting the feed data
Creating a filtered network feed based on the network feeds and
Displaying the filtered network feed
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to the Aug, 2011.
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming enabling the user to CONTACT members of the filtered network feed.
"Viewing a network feed in a business directory environment” from Salesforce
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