The patent's assignee is
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The disclosed embodiments generally relate to techniques for sharing content items, such as files. More specifically, the disclosed embodiments relate to a system that facilitates sharing a content item by asynchronously communicating a link to a content item to a designated recipient after the content item finishes uploading to an online content management system.
"Users of an online content management system, such as the Dropbox.TM. service, provided by
"However, the link to the file can only be enabled after the file is uploaded to the online content management system. If the user is uploading a large file or if there is a slow network connection, there may be a significant delay before the link is enabled. As a consequence, the user may have to send multiple messages to the recipient (such as a first message with a disabled link and a subsequent message with an enabled link), or the user may have to wait until the file finishes uploading to send the link to the recipient. This cumbersome procedure degrades the user's experience and, thus, may decrease the user's satisfaction with the online content management system."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The disclosed embodiments relate to a feature of a content-item-uploading system which improves the user experience by allowing a user to instruct the system to provide a link to a content item (which is sometimes referred to as a 'share link') after the content item finishes uploading to a server. For example, the server can be part of an online content management system (such as Dropbox.TM.). In particular, while the content item is uploading to the server, the user may instruct the system to provide the link to the content item to a designated recipient once the content item finishes uploading. Subsequently, when the content item finishes uploading, the system may communicate the link to the content item to the designated recipient. This 'fire-and-forget' approach makes such messaging significantly less cumbersome for the user. Moreover, the system can provide the link using a variety of communication protocols, including: email, text messaging, a rich site summary (RSS) feed, etc.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES
"FIG. 1 illustrates a content management environment, which includes an online content management system in accordance with the disclosed embodiments.
"FIG. 2 presents a flow chart illustrating a process for providing a link to a content item in accordance with the disclosed embodiments.
"FIG. 3 presents a flow chart illustrating the process of FIG. 2 in accordance with the disclosed embodiments."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Chu, Kevin L. Asynchronously Communicating a Link to a Shared Collection. Filed
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