Friendster Expands Its Portfolio With Fourth Social Networking Patent
global website based on traffic and the #1 social network in
announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the social
networking pioneer a new U.S. Patent, titled “Compatibility Scoring of Users
in a Social Network” (U.S. Patent No. 7,451,161). Friendster has been granted
four patents since
innovation in online social networking.
Friendster’s latest patent, granted on
unique methodology used to calculate compatibility based on expressed
interests between users of a social network. This includes scoring the
compatibility between two members of a social network based on their interests
and scoring the correlation between two interests for a given member of a
“In just six years, social networking has become both an industry — since
8 of the top 20 largest websites in the world are social networks — and a
critical platform for over half a billion Internet users globally to share,
communicate, connect and be entertained with existing and new friends, family
and colleagues,” said
“A core component of the evolution of social networks is the ability of the
online ‘social graph’ to represent our real social life. Understanding the
common interests between people establishes common ground to build and enhance
Prior to this most recent fourth patent, Friendster was granted three
social networking patents in 2006 and 2007:
how people are connected in the context of an online social network, titled “A
System, Method and Apparatus for Connecting Users in an Online Computer System
Based on Their Relationships within Social Networks” (U.S. Patent No.
— Friendster was granted a second U.S. patent in
discloses the process of enriching other users’ profiles with text, video,
pictures and additional content, titled “Method of Inducing Content Uploads in
a Social Network” (U.S. Patent No. 7,117,254).
“System and Method for Managing Connections in an Online Social Network” (U.S.
Patent No. 7,188,153 B2), which describes a technology that allows members of
a social network to manage their connections by, for example, adding friends;
personalizing their network through arranging, ordering and classifying
connections made in an online community; and managing these connections at
“Since launching the first social network in 2002, Friendster has
continued to build and own a significant patent portfolio. Friendster’s four
patents address many fundamentals of social networking — establishing
connections, distributing and sharing content, managing connections over time
and assessing compatibility between users. Friendster’s patent portfolio is
one of several assets of the company. Friendster anticipates receiving more
patents, and we will continue to focus on growing our large global business
into an even larger one,” said Kimber.
Friendster Leads in
Friendster is the #1 social network in
registered users and over 50 million monthly unique visitors from
Asia, Friendster has more monthly unique visitors than any other social
the world’s Internet users while the U.S. has only 19%), and
fastest growing region in the world.** Friendster has a loyal and growing user
Friendster is a top 20 global website in the world in terms of traffic,
serving over 18 billion page views a month.** Friendster is 1st in “user
engagement” among the top five global social networks, with users spending an
average of 187 minutes per visitor per month on http://www.friendster.com.**
With more than 90 million members worldwide, Friendster is a leading
global online social network. Friendster is focused on helping people stay in
touch with friends and discover new people and things that are important to
them. Online adults, 18 and up, choose Friendster to connect with friends,
family, school, social groups, activities and interests. Friendster prides
itself in delivering an easy-to-use, friendly and interactive environment
where users can easily connect with anyone around the world via
http://www.friendster.com or m.friendster.com from any Internet-ready mobile
device. Friendster has a growing portfolio of patents granted to the company
on social networking, with more expected over the next several months.
individual investors. For more information, visit: http://www.friendster.com.
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SOURCE Friendster, Inc.