Method and apparatus for tracking client interaction with a network resource and creating client profiles and resource database

  • US 5,796,952 A
  • Filed: 03/21/1997
  • Issued: 08/18/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/21/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In a computer network having one or more servers connectable to one or more clients, a method of monitoring the amount of time a user interacts with and displays a file downloaded from a server, comprising the steps of:

  • using a client to specify an address of a resource located on a first server;

    downloading a file corresponding to the resource from the first server in response to specification of the address;

    using the client to specify an address of a first executable program located on a second server, the address of the first executable program being embedded in the file downloaded from the first server, the first executable program including a software timer for monitoring the amount of time the client spends interacting with and displaying the file downloaded from the first server;

    downloading the first executable program from the second server to run on the client so as to determine the amount of time the client interacts with the file downloaded from the first server;

    using a server to acquire client identifying indicia from the client; and

    uploading the amount of time determined by the first executable program to a third server.

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