US 9,813,457 B2
Broadcast notifications using social networking systems
John Ham, San Francisco, CA (US); and Matthew Schlicht, San Francisco, CA (US)
Assigned to International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY (US)
Filed by Ustream, Inc., San Francisco, CA (US)
Filed on Jul. 11, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/329,848.
Application 14/329,848 is a continuation of application No. 12/949,525, filed on Nov. 18, 2010, granted, now 8,819,134.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/263,196, filed on Nov. 20, 2009.
Prior Publication US 2014/0324978 A1, Oct. 30, 2014
Int. Cl. G06F 15/16 (2006.01); H04L 29/06 (2006.01); H04L 12/18 (2006.01); H04L 12/58 (2006.01)
CPC H04L 65/1066 (2013.01) [H04L 12/1859 (2013.01); H04L 51/32 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
8. A notification system, comprising a processor and a memory coupled to the processor, said memory storing instructions which, upon being executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform a method of notifying broadcast streams to a plurality of users, said method comprising:
deploying, by a notifier via the processor, agents representing a broadcaster in respective social networking systems of a plurality of social networking systems, said agents configured to communicate with a subset of users of the plurality of social networking systems;
receiving, by the notifier via the processor, a request to notify a broadcast stream from the broadcaster;
receiving, by the notifier via the processor, preferences from the subset of users, said preferences identifying: (i) some but not all social networking systems of the plurality of social networking systems which should send notifications about the broadcast stream to the subset of users; and (ii) times during which the notifications about the broadcast stream should be sent to the subset of users; and
instructing, by the notifier via the processor, the agent in each social networking system of only said some social networking systems to send notifications about the broadcast stream to the subset of users at the times identified in the preferences.