Says ReadWriteWeb: "If all algorithmic
ranking and delivery of social activity updates to social network users falls under this patent ... then there's going to be a whole lot of trouble for sites all over the
The patent ostensibly covers implicit user activity updates, and the dynamic ranking of those items when delivered in the context of a social network.
"In contemporary Facebook terms, it would probably cover the News Feed but not the status messages in the Live Feed," ReadWriteWeb adds. In other words, "It would probably not impact what Twitter is doing today," while the fates of LinkedIn, Ning, and other industry players remain uncertain.
Still, "It's not clear that there aren't precedents for the technology," GigaOm points out. "For instance, the social network Multiply.com had a similar interface for keeping track of friends' actions before Facebook launched its own."
Furthermore, writes DigitalBeat, "From a strategic perspective, Facebook would do better financially by prioritizing development on its advertising, metrics and payments offerings, than by
pursuing a more litigious strategy of suing other companies."