Methods of sharing a uniform resource locator (URL), and a URL sharing utility and social network facilitating group chat about shared links

Patent No. 9,077,677

Issued: July 7, 2015
Filed: March 13, 2013
Term Extension: 216 days

Inventor: Mackin; John Christian (Nichols, NY)

A URL sharing utility and social network facilitates group discussions about shared links. Unlike conventional applications, this service enables live discussions about specific URLs, so people who join the discussion already share an interest in a particular topic. The sharing mechanism preferably enables many people around the world to see the discussion topic and join if they are interested. Sharing a URL together with a second URL reserved for a live discussion of the first URL preferably enables users to promote the discussion in a less socially risky way. A one-to-one correspondence between one URL and a second, predictable network address for the discussion of the original URL allows everyone who shares an interest in a URL to be funneled into a single discussion about that URL. Users preferably specify explicit social and professional networking policies so that every discussion with others carries the promise of a beneficial, lasting connection.

Reference to Related Applications

This application claims one or more inventions which were disclosed in Provisional Application No. 61/648,476, filed May 17, 2012, entitled "A COMBINED URL SHARING UTILITY AND SOCIAL NETWORK THAT FACILITATES GROUP CHAT ABOUT SHARED LINKS". The benefit under 35 USC 119(e) of the United States provisional application is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

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