"Message boards enable asynchronous interactions between community members through threaded messaging. Community threaded messages or annotations are associated with a particular Web page as identified by a URL. The concept of associating annotations to Web pages enables community members to create a natural organization for their messages. The Web page acts as the high-level interest filter and the topics of the associated annotations further define the context based on contributions from community members. Thus, community messaging becomes a true expression mechanism for the community and the millions of Web pages become catalysts for eliciting comments from community members.
"Conferencing or 'chat' enables real-time interactions between community members. Community members may initiate or just participate in real-time streaming chat sessions. Streaming chat includes the capability for users to exchange text, audio, and other multimedia type data.
"Community bookmarks enable community members to contribute Web pages for the benefit of other community members. Contributors gain community recognition for their contributions. When creating a community bookmark, the contributor provides a title and a description for his or her contribution. This information may be indexed into a directory service at the time of creation so that it may be retrieved later.
"Community members may also participate in on-line games such as DOOM, Quake, Flight Simulator. Users are presented with capabilities for inviting others to participate in a game and capabilities for actually participating in an on-line game.
"Voting enables community managers and members to understand the temperament of the community based on input gathered through voting. There are two types of voting. (1) Votes may be registered for or against community bookmarks, thus creating a community rating system for the bookmarks. (2) A real-time polling mechanism enables community managers to ask questions and get immediate feedback from the community members while on-line.
"The present invention allows Web users to form on-line relationships with Community members, to communicate with others of similar interest or backgrounds, and to view Community content. The Communities of the present invention may serve as a starting or focal point for Web navigating. The present invention provides a structure for a Web experience and helps users avoid being overwhelmed or overloaded by the complexity of the Web. The features and benefits of the present invention may be better understood by referring to the following description in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
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"FIG. 1A and FIG. 1B is a diagrammatic representation of a system architecture for a preferred embodiment of the present invention;
"FIG. 2 is a diagrammatic representation of Community Client components for a preferred embodiment of the present invention;
"FIG. 3 is a diagrammatic representation of a Community Server architecture for a preferred embodiment of the present invention;
"FIG. 4 is a diagrammatic representation of a Tracking Server architecture for a preferred embodiment of the present invention;
"FIG. 5 is a diagrammatic representation of a Threaded Message Server architecture for a preferred embodiment of the present invention; and
"FIG. 6 is a screen shot of Web page, Community Client, and Community Web page for a preferred embodiment of the present invention."
For the URL and additional information on this patent application, see: MacNaughton, Bruce A.; Turner, Leigh R. Displaying Content from Multiple Users. U.S. Patent Application Serial Number 620871, filed
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