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30 Mar: Interesting Patents: Twitter’s Subject Matter Authorities Ranking

Twitter’s patent describes an iterative process that can be used to determine the subject matter expertise of users on a social network. User accounts are analyzed by how frequently they interact with a plurality of topic groups (TGs). As users are identified to frequently interact with multiple topic groups they are continually filtered to more specific TGs. After a certain amount of iterations, a ranking can be obtained of accounts that are an authority on the specific expertise topic.