ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKING SYSTEM FOR CONDUCTING COMMERCE

  • US 20100262477A1
  • Filed: 04/07/2010
  • Published: 10/14/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/08/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for allocating royalties to vendors, comprising:

  • providing a database of data items including a first data item and a second data item, the second data item having a particular vendor and a particular product or service associated therewith, and the first and second data items being connected to each other through a number of links;

    providing a graphical representation of a plurality of the data items including the first data item but not including the second data item;

    enabling access to the second data item via the first data item and the links;

    facilitating a purchase of the particular good or service; and

    charging the particular vendor a royalty that is based at least in part on the number of links connecting the first data item to the second data item.

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