Facebook Eyes Passive Social TV ‘Sharing Mode’ 

Facebook details in a patent application published today how it may be able to allow users to share the details about every TV show or movie viewed on platforms ranging from Netflix to Comcast’s Xfinity TV.

Instead of requiring viewers to write their own posts about media consumption habits, Facebook says users may be able to select a “sharing mode” that would publish automatic newsfeed updates as they channel surf.

“In particular embodiments, sharing indicator may include an explicit warning that states that the user is currently sharing his or her viewing choices to prevent public humiliation,” Facebook states in the patent application.

Archibong
Archibong

Facebook Director Of Strategic Partnerships Ime Archigong is named as lead inventor on the patent application, titled, “Sharing Television and Video Programming Through Social Networking.”

Abstract: In particular embodiments a social networking system may receive from an external system outside the social-networking system, a request comprising a user identifier associated with a user of the social-networking system, query a social graph for stories generated by one or more connections of the user on the social-networking system, and transmit the stories to the external system. Similarly the social networking system may receive, from an external system outside of the social networking system, a request comprising a user identifier associated with a user of the social networking system, a content identifier, and a action performed by the user on the content identifier, generate a story for the received request, and publish the story to one or more connections of the user on the social networking system.

Patent Application

Claims: 

1-20. (canceled)

21. A method comprising, by one or more computing systems: receiving, over one or more computer networks, an indication that a user has selected an option to passively post stories about media content that the user watches in the future without any further explicit action from the user; and automatically posting, after receiving the indication that the user has selected the option to passively post stories about media content that the user watches in the future, new stories on a website as the user watches new media content, each new story comprising an indication of the particular new media content being watched by the user.

22. The method of claim 21, wherein the new stories are automatically posted on the website only if the user has continuously watched the new media content longer than a predetermined amount of time.

23. The method of claim 21, further comprising: before receiving the indication that the user has selected the option to passively post stories, displaying to the user a dialog box requesting permission to passively post stories that the user watches in the future, the dialog box comprising the selectable option to passively post stories.

24. The method of claim 21, further comprising: receiving, over the one or more computer networks, privacy settings that the user has selected for the passively posted stores, the privacy settings indicating which friends of the user may view the new stores posted to the website as the user watches new media content; and providing the new stories for viewing in newsfeeds of the friends of the user according to the received privacy settings.

25. The method of claim 21, further comprising: providing for display to the user a visible indication to alert the user that the new stories about media content that the user watches are being passively posted on the website.

26. The method of claim 25, wherein the visible indication comprises a graphical element displayed along with current media content being viewed by the user.

27. The method of claim 25, wherein the visible indication comprises a border of a specific color that surrounds current media content being viewed by the user.

28. One or more computer-readable non-transitory storage media in one or more computing systems, the media embodying logic that is operable when executed by one or more processors to: receive, at a computing system over one or more computer networks, an indication that a user has selected an option to passively post stories about media content that the user watches in the future without any further explicit action from the user; and automatically post, after receiving the indication that the user has selected the option to passively post stories about media content that the user watches in the future, new stories on a website as the user watches new media content, each new story comprising an indication of the particular new media content being watched by the user.

29. The media of claim 28, wherein the new stories are automatically posted on the website only if the user has continuously watched the new media content longer than a predetermined amount of time.

30. The media of claim 28, the logic when executed by the one or more processors further operable to: before receiving the indication that the user has selected the option to passively post stories, display to the user a dialog box requesting permission to passively post stories that the user watches in the future, the dialog box comprising the selectable option to passively post stories.

31. The media of claim 28, the logic when executed by the one or more processors further operable to: receive, over the one or more computer networks, privacy settings that the user has selected for the passively posted stores, the privacy settings indicating which friends of the user may view the new stores posted to the website as the user watches new media content; and provide the new stories for viewing in newsfeeds of the friends of the user according to the received privacy settings.

32. The media of claim 28, the logic when executed by the one or more processors further operable to: providing for display to the user a visible indication to alert the user that the new stories about media content that the user watches are being passively posted on the website.

33. The media of claim 32, wherein the visible indication comprises a graphical element displayed along with current media content being viewed by the user.

34. The media of claim 32, wherein the visible indication comprises a border of a specific color that surrounds current media content being viewed by the user.

35. A system comprising: one or more processors; and one or more memory units communicatively coupled to the one or more processors and comprising instructions executable by the one or more processors, the one or more processors operable when executing the instructions to: receive, over one or more computer networks, an indication that a user has selected an option to passively post stories about media content that the user watches in the future without any further explicit action from the user; and automatically post, after receiving the indication that the user has selected the option to passively post stories about media content that the user watches in the future, new stories on a website as the user watches new media content, each new story comprising an indication of the particular new media content being watched by the user.

36. The system of claim 35, wherein the new stories are automatically posted on the website only if the user has continuously watched the new media content longer than a predetermined amount of time.

37. The system of claim 35, the one or more processors further operable when executing the instructions to: before receiving the indication that the user has selected the option to passively post stories, display to the user a dialog box requesting permission to passively post stories that the user watches in the future, the dialog box comprising the selectable option to passively post stories.

38. The system of claim 35, the one or more processors further operable when executing the instructions to: receive, over the one or more computer networks, privacy settings that the user has selected for the passively posted stores, the privacy settings indicating which friends of the user may view the new stores posted to the website as the user watches new media content; and provide the new stories for viewing in newsfeeds of the friends of the user according to the received privacy settings.

39. The system of claim 35, the one or more processors further operable when executing the instructions to: providing for display to the user a visible indication to alert the user that the new stories about media content that the user watches are being passively posted on the website.

40. The system of claim 39, wherein the visible indication comprises: a graphical element displayed along with current media content being viewed by the user, or a border of a specific color that surrounds current media content being viewed by the user.