Ephemeral gallery of ephemeral messages

  • US 10,476,830 B2
  • Filed: 09/12/2017
  • Issued: 11/12/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/02/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system comprising:

  • one or more processors; and

    one or more memories storing instructions executed by the one or more processors to;

    maintain an ephemeral gallery comprising a plurality of ephemeral messages posted for viewing by one or more recipients, wherein the plurality of ephemeral messages comprises respective photographic or video content, the maintaining of the ephemeral gallery comprising making the ephemeral gallery available for viewing, upon request, via respective user devices associated with the one or more recipients;

    for each of the plurality of ephemeral messages;

    maintain an associated message duration parameter that indicates a display duration of the corresponding ephemeral message during viewing of the ephemeral gallery; and

    maintain a gallery participation parameter that indicates a time value for continued availability of the corresponding ephemeral message for viewing by the one or more recipients;

    responsive to receiving a request from one of the one or more recipients over a computer network, cause automated sequential display of the plurality of ephemeral messages on a corresponding user device by performance of operations comprising;

    starting a message timer when display of one of the ephemeral messages is commenced, the message timer expiring when the message timer equals the display duration of the corresponding ephemeral message;

    responsive to expiry of the message timer, displaying a next one of the plurality of ephemeral messages in the ephemeral gallery; and

    repeating the operations of starting the message timer and displaying the next ephemeral message until all ephemeral messages in the ephemeral gallery are viewed;

    remove a particular one of the plurality of ephemeral messages from the ephemeral gallery in response to identification of an expired gallery participation parameter corresponding to the particular ephemeral message, the particular ephemeral message after removal thereof being unavailable for viewing by the one or more recipients as part of the ephemeral gallery; and

    eliminate the ephemeral gallery so that the ephemeral gallery is unavailable for viewing over the computer network by the one or more recipients, the ephemeral gallery being eliminated upon expiration of the gallery participation parameter of a last message in the ephemeral gallery, the last message being that one of the plurality of ephemeral messages posted to the ephemeral gallery most recently.

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