Meta Platforms has been granted a patent for a system that determines a user’s contacts, identifies those who have posted accessible content, and presents them in a list based on scores. This method aims to enhance user experience by prioritizing relevant contacts. GlobalData’s report on Meta Platforms gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Meta Platforms, Personalized content delivery was a key innovation area identified from patents. Meta Platforms's grant share as of February 2024 was 62%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Prioritizing contacts based on posted content accessibility

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Meta Platforms Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11921984B1) discloses a computer-implemented method that involves determining a list of contacts of a user of an application, ordering them based on scores, and identifying a contact that has posted accessible content. The method further includes presenting the contact in the list with an indication that the content is accessible to the user. The patent also covers features like displaying geometric shapes in different colors based on content consumption status, providing access to content through avatars, and facilitating message threads between users and contacts.

Additionally, the patent extends to a system and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium that perform similar operations as the computer-implemented method. These embodiments involve determining a list of contacts, identifying contacts with accessible content, and presenting them with indications of content availability. The system and storage medium also include features like displaying avatars, adjusting scores based on coefficients, and indicating when a contact is currently using the application. Overall, the patent covers a comprehensive system for managing contacts, content accessibility, and user interactions within an application, offering a range of functionalities to enhance user experience and engagement.

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