Facebook Patent Grants

Determining influence in a social networking system

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9659308
An influence metric describing the influence of a social networking system object on social networking system users is determined based on affinities between the users and the object. For example, affinities between the associated users and the object are combined to determine the influence metric. Content may be selected for presentation to users based in part on influence metrics of the content. Additionally, influence metrics of objects associated with a user may be combined to…

Method, system and device for navigating in a virtual reality environment

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9659413
A method, a system, and a device for navigating in a virtual reality scene, using body parts gesturing and posturing are provided herein. The method may include: projecting a synthetic 3D scene, into both eyes of a user, via a near eye display, so as to provide a virtual reality view to the user; identifying at least one gesture or posture carried out by at least one body part of said user; measuring at least one metric of a vector associated with the detected gesture or posture;…

Sharing television and video programming through social networking

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9660950
In particular embodiments, one or more computer systems of a social-networking system determine identities of one or more users in proximity to a display device and query a social graph of the social-networking system for social content associated with the determined identities. The social graph includes nodes and edges connecting the nodes. The nodes include user nodes that are each associated with a particular user of the social-networking system. The one or more computer systems of…

Event reporting and handling

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9660993
Particular embodiments may receive and log information related to one or more events occurring on one or more client computing devices associated with a user. An event may comprise a restriction of a user action on a social-networking system, the restriction comprising the social-networking system blocking the user from performing the user action. An event may comprise a login issue associated with logging in to the social-networking system. An event may comprise a system or device…

Concurrently uploading multimedia objects and associating metadata with the multimedia objects

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661076
In one embodiment, a first computing device receives a first user input selecting a set of multimedia objects stored on the first computing device, and initiates upload of the set of multimedia objects to a second computing device. While the upload is in progress, a second user input is concurrently received selecting a subset of the set of multimedia objects, and a third user input is concurrently received comprising metadata, and the metadata is associated with one or more multimedia…

Incorporation of content from an external followed user within a social networking system

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661086
A following user follows a followed user on a third-party application. The followed user may additionally approve the inclusion of content posted by the followed user on the third-party application within an account of any following users on the social networking system. Subsequent postings by the followed user on the third-party application cause the third-party application to notify the social networking system of the posting. The social networking system in turn incorporates the…

Customized presentation of event guest lists in a social networking system

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661089
A user creates an event in a social networking system specifying a location, a time, and a guest list of other users invited to the event. The social networking system generates a page associated with the event that provides information about the event and identifies whether users have responded to invitations to the event. The content of the page may be customized for the user viewing the page to encourage the viewing user to attend the event. For example, the viewing user's…

Uploading and transcoding media files

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661106
In one embodiment, a method includes by a host computing server, receiving from a client computing device, a request to upload a multimedia file from the client computing device to a service; by the host computing server, identifying one or more third-party transcoding servers, wherein the transcoding servers are configured to receive and transcode multimedia files from client computing devices and store the transcoded multimedia files; by the host computing server, sending to the client…

Association in line-of-sight communication networks

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661552
Various of the disclosed embodiments relate to line-of-sight (LOS), e.g., optical, based networks. Systems and methods are provided for connecting nodes based on their topological position in a line-of-sight communication network. Some embodiments may represent each node by a “backbone” and a “subnetwork” rank. The determination of a node's rank can prevent the formation of isolated “islands” of nodes, cut off from the backbone. The ranking can also provide a total ordering…

Dialog server

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652552
In one embodiment, a dialog server comprising: a memory comprising instructions executable by one or more processors; and the one or more processors coupled to the memory and operable to execute the instructions, the one or more processors being operable when executing the instructions to: receive, from a client, a request for a dialog and one or more parameters associated with the request; process the request and the one or more parameters to extract information concerning the dialog;…

Systems and methods for adding users to a networked computer system

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652554
Systems and methods are provided for adding new nodes to a computer networked system. The systems and methods may identify a first set of nodes in a networked computer system. The first set of nodes may be included in a first hash computation that clusters the first set of nodes into communities. An application shard space including a first space and a second space may be generated. The first set of nodes may be mapped to application shards in the first space based on the first hash…

Dynamic chat box

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652810
In particular embodiments, a method comprising, by one or more computing devices, communicating, from a client device, to a remote host a resource locator of a content object being currently accessed by a first user at the client device, receiving from the remote host an indication that one or more second users have accessed the content object or a domain hosting the content object, and responsive to the indication, displaying a chat messaging interface to the first user at the client…

Techniques to generate mass push notifications

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9654577
Techniques to generate mass push notifications are described. In one embodiment, for example, an apparatus may comprise a submission component, a query component, a delivery component, and a record update component. The submission component may be operative to receive a message bundle, the message bundle comprising a message and a query. The query component may be operative to compare the query to a plurality of recipient records to determine a plurality of recipient records matching the…

Mobile device-related measures of affinity

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9654591
In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a request for a measure of affinity for a particular action associated with a user of the social-networking system; and determining results for each predictor function based at least in part upon a number of actions previously preformed by the user with respect to the mobile-computing device. Each predictor function calculating a likelihood the user performs one or more actions; The method also includes computing a measure of affinity…

Identifying expanding hashtags in a message

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9646263
A social networking system receives messages from users that include hashtags. The social networking system may use a natural language model to identify terms in the hashtag corresponding to words or phrases of the hashtag. The words or phrases may be used to modify a string of the hashtag. The social networking system may also generate computer models to determine likely membership of a message with various hashtags. Prior to generating the computer models, the social networking system…

Dynamic identification of other users to an online user

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9647872
Informing a user of a large scale network dynamically of other network users includes determining dynamically an online context of the user. Other users presently within the online context of the user are identified and trait information is stored that is related essentially only to the user or to the other users in a users store associated with the online context. The user is informed dynamically of the other users based on the stored trait information, such as, for example, an age or…

Using connections between users in a social networking system to regulate operation of a machine associated with a social networking system user

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9648024
A social networking system includes information identifying a machine (e.g., a robot, a drone, a computer, a thermostat, etc.) and a connection between the machine and an owner of the machine, which is a user of the social networking system capable of authorizing an action by the machine. The owner of the machine associates permissions associated with various actions by the machine, where a permission associated with an action identifies one or more criteria for performing the action.…

Media plug-in for third-party system

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9648058
In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a request to display a media plug-in on a third-party website hosted by a third-party system, determining media content associated with the request to display the media plug-in, and determining whether the third-party website is being viewed by a user that is currently logged in to the social-networking system. The method further includes determining one or more user-selectable objects based at least on the determined media content and the…