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October 18, 2006

Friendster Gets Photo Tagging Patent

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 10/18/2006 03:04:00 PM
Everyone's favorite bygone social networking site Friendster has just gotten another patent issued by the USPTO. The first one covered social networking. This one covers the tagging of photos. FlickR (and Yahoo! Inc (Nasdaq YHOO) and Google/YouTube (Nasdaq GOOG)) users beware! Because Friendster also thinks it should cover video tagging!

Here is the legalese:


A method of inducing content uploads in an online network includes the steps of storing content relating to a first member of the network that is submitted by a second member of the network, receiving approval of the content from the first member, and associating the content with the first member. The uploaded content may comprise an image file containing a photo of the first member and a caption associated with the photo image. The second user uploads the content relating to the first member using a GUI. This GUI is made available to the second user through a hyperlink that appears when a profile page of the first member is accessed if the degree of separation between the first member and the second member is less than or equal to a maximum degree of separation set by the first user. On the other hand, the hyperlink to this GUI will not appear when the profile page of the first member is accessed by the second member if the degree of separation between the first member and the second member is greater than the maximum degree of separation set by the first user. The default setting for this maximum degree of separation is one.

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