Google recently made headlines by being granted a patent for the ability to post automatic, personalised responses to individuals on social networks. This gets us thinking as to where Google are going with this. How will it make the Google+ social media platform stand-out from the ever popular Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn? Lets review what this all means…
What exactly is this new Google patent?
This patent comes at a time when the company’s social network, Google Plus, seems to be losing interest in the general networking community. This mechanism will most likely allow users to automatically generate polite greetings and congratulations to friends at important times, such as birthdays or anniversaries. However, diagrams and data derived from the proposed patent makes it appear that Google’s plans for this program goes much past mere greetings and salutations.
How does the Google automated response system actually work?
While Google+ users may be able to manually control their responses, the system appears to be automatically controlled, at least to a degree, through other networks the user connects to, such as email contacts and text message history. One example in the patent describes one user having an automatic response generated about how their day has been, based off of their conversations during that day across a variety of social medium.
Google’s plans for this automatic response system on social networks appears to be very complex, and there are still a lot of questions that need answering. It may take a great deal of time before this system sees the light of day in a quantifiable system.