System and method for monitoring activity of a specified user on internet-based social networks

  • US 8,527,596 B2
  • Filed: 11/09/2010
  • Issued: 09/03/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/10/2009
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A system for monitoring activity of a specified user of an internet-based social network by a client that is not the specified user, the internet-based social network including an application programming interface specific to the internet-based social network and a specified user'"'"'s page established on the internet-based social network by the specified user, the system comprising:

  • a software application installed on a server controlling the internet-based social network and accessible by the specified user via the internet-based social network, the software application, when executed by the server controlling the internet-based social network, makes available via the application programming interface specific to the internet-based social network content relating to activity on the specified user'"'"'s page or on a page of another user of the internet-based social network visited by the specified user,a client electronic device accessible by the client and configured to receive information via an internet link, andan activity monitor server separate from the server controlling the internet-based social network, the activity monitor server including a memory having instructions stored therein that are executable by the activity monitor server to monitor, via the application programming interface specific to the internet-based social network after the server controlling the internet-based social network has executed the software application, activity on the specified user'"'"'s page or on the page of the other user of the internet-based social network visited by the specified user based on pre-established monitoring criteria, and to send a notification to the client electronic device via the Internet link when the monitored activity satisfies at least one criterion of the pre-established criteria, the pre-established monitoring criteria including at least one of one or more specified words and one or more specified phrases, the memory further having instructions stored therein that are executable by the activity monitor server to monitor activity on the specified user'"'"'s page or on the page of the other user of the internet-based social network visited by the specified user by monitoring content displayed on the specified user'"'"'s page or on the page of the other user of the internet-based social network visited by the specified user for occurrences on the specified user'"'"'s page or on the page of the other user of the internet-based social network visited by the specified user of the at least one of the one or more specified words and the one or more specified phrases.

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