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US Patent Application No: 2009/0049,525

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Platform for providing a social context to software applications

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Platform for providing a social context to software applications

Innovators: D'Angelo, Adam; Fetterman, Dave; Cheever, Charlie; Steinberg, Ari; Zamore, Eric; Wang, James; Zhuo, Julie; Morin, Dave; Slee, Mark; Sanghvi, Ruchi
Patent Owner: FACEBOOK, INC.;
Abstract Text: The present invention provides a system and method for providing a social context to software applications. According to one embodiment of the invention, a user of a social network authorizes access by an external software application to information available in the social network. At some time later, the user of the social network uses an application designed by a third-party software developer. The application contacts the social network provider for permission to access the information available in the social network. If access has been authorized, the application incorporates the information from the social network into its interaction with the user, providing a social context to the user's interaction with the application.
Publication Date: Feb 19, 2009
Application Filed: Aug 15, 2007
International Classifications: G06F