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Facebook Expands Its Reach with Address Book Import (2010-06-09) This feature did make quite a few headlines at the time do to it's security implications. Also, as @davidhfe points out, business card scanners / OCR has been available for quite some time, usually paired with a digital address book of some sort (Outlook)


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Re: specifically the business card claim, it appears that scanR had a business card scanning system that interacted with Plaxo in 2006. http://blog.scanr.com/scanr_blog/2006/08/scanr_and_plaxo.html This would establish a system where: Person A receives a business card from Person B Person A scans the business card using the scanR service The scanR ...


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Both Parship.de and okCupid.com have you fill out a complex survey about yourself including contact information, but also much more on a semi-optional basis, and then use statistics to figure out who is your best match, and you then have the option of contacting the suggested participants. They are obviously dating sites (which is a subset of social ...


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As I said in my comment, there were dozens of applications with similar user facing functionality long before 2011. If what is important is that it is in memory and that the data is a cube, I will say that way back in 1992 the social network analysis software UCINet could do 2-Mode network analysis in DOS. 2-Mode analysis means that there are nodes of two ...


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SAS Inc offer a product name 'SAS Sentiment Analysis' which was an acquisition of a company called 'Teragram Corporation'. This product won the Business Wire product of the year award for its excellence in innovation. Below is an extract of from the press release, which describes the SAS Sentiment Analysis feature set / benefits which sound very similar to ...


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Will I face any issue related patent or copyright problems? This is very hard to say. Almost certainly you should be prepared to do a patent search. Developing within, say Xcode, using the built in functionality ought to be pretty safe from a look and feel perspective. However the underlying logic might run afoul of a patent. There are a lot of patents out ...


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It looks like PayPal implemented this on March 24, 2006. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=p/gen/referral-faq-outside


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Skimlinks is a ad network that replaces links (like Amazon products) with links with the referral ID in them (or another affiliate network ID). They have been around since 2006 according to Crunchbase. Crunchbase profile: http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/skimlinks Company website: http://skimlinks.com/


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Twitter and other social networking services have been replacing regular URLs with trackable URLs (or, more broadly and obviously, using ANY method of tracking user clicks on a site to see who is recommending what) for many years. Here is just the first article I was able to find: http://techcrunch.com/2009/08/25/twitter-wants-to-track-your-clicks/ Not ...


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Here's the first article I found on social shopping prior to 2008: http://mashable.com/2007/08/08/social-shopping-2/ -- many of these sites would show individual names alongside a product (a) which, without such a feature, would indeed otherwise have been private (b). The idea of hooking this in via Facebook instead of just using the e-commerce site's own ...


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http://www.mcobject.com/November10/2008 "In-Memory Database Scales Massively For Social Networking Web Site" http://users.dcc.uchile.cl/~cgutierr/ftp/sunbelt.pdf "A Database Perspective of Social Network Analysis Data Processing" http://www.itworld.com/article/2759107/enterprise-software/how-social-networking-works.html "How Social Networking Works" ...


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This patent is limited to in-memory databases. That can be argued to be relatively new, however moving an existing idea into using newer technology (like in-memory databases) lacks novelty (ie, inventive step) required for issuing a patent.


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Is this useful to you: http://www.crunchbase.com/company/klout The company Klout seems to have been doing exactly this since at least 2010. The end-user is the person being examined, as far as I can tell. The score is complied across multiple social media sites and a numeric score from 1 to 100 is produced. Does this qualify?


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Does this also suggest number of communications like amount of connections or it just considers 2 nodes connected using 1 connection and analysis of nodes. I mean does it say that analysis would include how much time it took for the connection to stay live and also take into account how many time a connection was live etc.


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I believe linkedin.com has been using this system for a few years. Basically if a user is not on linkedin you can enter his e-mail address (or allow linkedin to pick up his e-mail address from your hotmail/gmail address book), and then linkedin will send him a notification message asking him to join. Others have mentioned facebook and online dating sites ...


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An IBM patent with priority date Aug 6, 2008 specifically covers importing a contact from a physical business card to a list of contacts in a social network: MODIFICATION OF SOCIAL NETWORKS VIA DESIGN CODES - Jason A. Cox et al http://www.google.com/patents?id=HyDMAAAAEBAJ From the patent: [0020] The following are several exemplary scenarios based ...


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Nokia launches online NFC store By Heather McLean Email Heather McLean | July 22nd, 2011 A new online service is designed to make it easy for businesses to begin using NFC by providing smart posters and business cards that enable customers to 'like' a retailer on Facebook, follow it on Twitter and check in on Foursquare as well as a range of ...


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