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1. (WO2015100496) USER CONTENT SHARING SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH AUTOMATED EXTERNAL CONTENT INTEGRATION
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A system for sharing digital user content through distinct network-accessible sharing platforms, the system comprising:

a graphical user interface rendered on system users' respective personal communication devices and having a content selection function selecting, under user operation, user content for sharing; and a sharing platform selection function selecting, under user operation, one or more of said distinct sharing platforms;

a digital content integrator communicatively linked to said user interface to gain access to said selected user content in response to said content selection function, said integrator having access to stored external content distinct from user content, wherein said integrator integrates said external content with said selected user content to output integrated content;

a communication interface communicatively linked to said integrator and selectively operable to interface with each of said distinct content sharing platforms, wherein said integrated content is concurrently relayed to said selected one or more of said sharing platforms via said communication interface on behalf of said system users as originating therefrom; and

an external content exposure tracker tracking integration of said external content with user content for distinct users.

2. The system of claim 1, said external content exposure tracker incrementally associating for each user and each user content item respectively shared thereby a corresponding compensation value based on said tracking;

wherein the system further comprises an accounting interface for providing each said user direct compensation based on a total incremented compensation value associated therewith.

3. The system of claim 2, wherein said external content comprises advertising content, and wherein said compensations value is set as a function of an exposure of said advertising content to viewers of said integrated content once shared.

4. The system of claim 3, wherein said compensation value is calibrated for each of said user based on a respective content visibility factor automatically associated therewith.

5. The system of claim 4, wherein said visibility factor is automatically defined for each user and/or integrated content item as a function of at least one of a number of user contacts having access to said shared integrated content item, a number of active views or clicks recorded post-sharing for said integrated content item, and a user reputation value attributed by said selected sharing platform to each said user.

6. The system of claim 1, wherein said user's personal communication device comprises a camera-enabled device; and wherein said content selection function is communicatively linked with a camera function thereof to select digital content acquired therewith.

7. The system of claim 6, wherein said content selection function automatically activates said camera function to acquire new content therewith, and enable said users to automatically upload said new content to said integrator for sharing.

8. The system of claim 1, wherein said content integrator comprises a central network-accessible digital content integration engine;

wherein said interface is rendered on a user's personal client device communicatively linkable to said network-accessible interface to upload said selected content from said client device to said integration engine to be shared by said communication interface on the user's behalf via a corresponding network interface to said selected one or more sharing platforms.

9. The system of claim 1, wherein said distinct sharing platforms comprise distinct social media platforms.

10. The system of claim 1, wherein said distinct sharing platforms comprise at least two of a cellular network-accessible texting platform, a server accessible e-mailing platform, a server-accessible social media platform, a server-accessible personal video posting platform, a server-accessible personal image posting platform and a server-accessible text or blog posting platform.

11. The system of claim 1, wherein said graphical user interface further comprises a user credential input function receiving as input from said users, user credentials respectively associated with said selected one or more of said sharing platforms to be used by said communication interface in relaying said integrated content thereto on behalf of said users.

12. The system of 1, wherein said graphical user interface comprises an external content selection function receiving as input a user external content preference communicated to said integrator and used thereby to guide selection for integration of user-preferred external content from a plurality of available external content items.

13. The system of claim 12, wherein said external content selection function renders a selector tool for receiving user selection between at least one of: different external content types, different external content brands, and different specific external content items.

14. The system of claim 2, wherein said graphical user interface comprises an external content selection function receiving as input user selection from a range of escalating external content integration options, a cumulative rate of said corresponding compensation value increasing according to said user selection from said range of said escalating options.

15. The system of claim 2, wherein said corresponding compensation value is calculated at least in part as a function a number of sharing platforms selected for each said user content item.

16. The system of claim 2, wherein the system maintains a user profile for each of the system's users, and wherein said corresponding compensation value is calculated at least in part as a function of a respective completeness of each said user profile.

17. The system of claim 2, wherein said graphical user interface comprises an external content selection function receiving as input a user external content preference communicated to said integrator and used thereby to guide selection for integration of user-preferred external content from a plurality of available external content items, and wherein said corresponding compensation value is calculated at least in part as a function of said user external content preference.

18. An advertisement integration and compensation server comprising:

an input communication interface communicating with respective user client devices to access therefrom user-selected content and user selection of a third-party server-based content sharing platform therefor;

a server-accessible storage having stored thereon a plurality of advertisement items;

an advertisement integration engine operated by a digital data processor to integrate a selected advertisement item with said user-selected content to output a sharable integrated content item;

an output communication interface communicating with said third-party server-based content sharing platform to relay said sharable integrated content item thereto to be shared thereon on behalf of said user as originating therefrom; and

a server-based accounting function associating a respective incrementing compensation value with each user based at least in part on a number of content items respectively selected thereby for advertisement integration and sharing via the system, wherein said accounting function directs compensation to each said user as a function of said respective incrementing compensation value.

19. The system of claim 18, further comprising an advertiser portal for uploading said advertisement items to said storage.

20. The system of claim 18, wherein said accounting function further tracks a respective visibility factor for each said user defined as a function of at least one of a number of user contacts having access to said shared integrated content, a number of recorded active views for said integrated content, a historical record of previously recorded views, and a user reputation value attributed by said selected sharing platform, and wherein said incremental compensation value is set at least in part as a function of said visibility factor.

21. The system of claim 18, wherein said input communication interface further accesses respective user credentials associated with said selected content sharing platform to gain permission to share said integrated content thereon on behalf of said users.

22. The system of claim 18, wherein said input communication interface further accesses one or more user-selected advertisement content preferences usable in selecting said selected advertisement content item for integration.

23. The system of claim 22, wherein said advertisement content preferences comprise at least one of: a selectable advertisement type, brand and item.

24. The system of claim 22, wherein said advertisement content preferences comprise a selectable level from a range of escalating advertisement content integration levels, and wherein said accounting function increases an incremental rate of said compensation value as a function of said selected level.

25. A server-based method for automatically integrating advertising within a user's shared content, and directly compensating the user accordingly, the method comprising automatically:

receiving as input user-selected content and user selection of a destination third-party server-based content sharing platform therefor;

selecting an advertisement item for integration with said user-selected content; integrating said selected advertisement item with said user-selected content to output a sharable integrated content item;

relaying said integrated content item to said destination third-party server-based content sharing platform to be shared thereon on behalf of said user as originating therefrom;

incrementing a compensation value associated with the user based at least in part on a number of user-selected content items selected thereby for sharing post advertisement integration; and

directing compensation to the user as a function of said incrementing compensation value.

26. The method of claim 25, further comprising tracking a visibility factor for the user defined as a function of at least one of a number of user contacts having access to said shared integrated content, a number of recorded active views for said shared integrated content, a historical record of previously recorded views, and a user reputation value attributed by said selected sharing platform, and wherein said incremental compensation value is set at least in part as a function of said visibility factor.

27. The method of claim 25, further comprising receiving as input one or more user-selected advertisement content preferences; wherein said advertisement content is selected as a function of said one or more user-selected advertisement content preferences.

28. The method of claim 27, wherein said one or more advertisement content preferences comprise at least one of: a selectable advertisement type, brand and item.

29. The method of claim 27, wherein said one or more advertisement content preferences comprise a selectable level from a range of escalating advertisement content integration levels, and wherein said compensation value is incremented at a rate defined at least in part by said selected level.

30. A system for sharing digital user content via a content sharing platform, the system comprising:

an input communication interface communicating with respective user client devices to access therefrom user-selected content to be shared via the content sharing platform, and further access therefrom a user-selected integrated advertisement preference selected from a plurality of such preferences;

a server-accessible storage having stored thereon a plurality of advertisement items each having at least one of said preferences associated therewith;

an advertisement integration engine operated by a digital data processor to integrate a selected advertisement item corresponding with said user-selected preference with said user-selected content to output a sharable integrated content item; and

an output communication interface interfacing with the content sharing platform to relay said sharable integrated content item to be shared thereon on behalf of said user as originating therefrom.

31. The system of claim 30, wherein said input communication interface communicates with said respective user client devices to access from a respective user specific user-authorization for posting advertiser-directed postings on behalf of said respective user;

wherein said advertisement integration engine, in response to sais user-authorization, digitally integrates a respective user identifier with an advertiser directed content item to produce a user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item; and wherein said output communication interface relays said user-specific integrated advertiser content item over the sharing platform on behalf of said respective user as originating therefrom to be viewed by contacts of said respective user as being approved thereby.

32. The system of claim 31, wherein said respective user identifier identifies said respective user as being sponsored by an advertising entity identifiable from said advertiser directed content.

33. The system of claim 31, further comprising a server-based accounting function associating a respective incrementing compensation value with each said respective user based at least in part on at least one of a number of advertiser directed content items posted on its behalf and a visibility of said advertiser directed content item once posted.

34. The system of any one of claims 31 to 33, wherein said user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item is posted via said output interface as a function of a posting or user activity of said respective user.

35. The system of claim 34, wherein said user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item is automatically posted during a low posting activity period automatically designated as a function of a tracked posting history for said respective user.

36. The system of claim 34, wherein said user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item is automatically posted immediately before said respective user posts its own content to act as an introduction to said respective user's own content.

37. The system of claim 34, wherein said user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item is automatically posted as a function of a geographical of said respective user to integrally reference said geographical location in said user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item.

38. The system of claim 34, wherein said user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item is automatically posted as a function of a demographic or personal attribute of said respective user.

39. The system of any one of claims 31 to 38, wherein said user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item automatically consists of promotional content redeemable specifically by said contacts of said respective users and accessible only via said sharing platform.

40. The system of claim 30, further comprising a server-based accounting function associating a respective incrementing compensation value with each user based at least in part on a number of content items respectively selected thereby for advertisement integration and sharing via the system, wherein said accounting function directs compensation to each said user as a function of said respective incrementing compensation value.

41. The system of claim 30, wherein said user-selected integrated advertisement preference is selected from at least one of different specifically selectable external content brands and different specifically selectable advertisement items.

42. The system of claim 30, further comprising a graphical user interface to be rendered on said respective user devices and having a content selection function selecting, under user operation, said user-selected content; and an advertisement preference selection function selectably displaying said plurality of preferences and selecting, under user operation, said user-selected integrated advertisement preference therefrom.

43. The system of claim 40, further comprising a graphical user interface to be rendered on said respective user devices and having a content selection function selecting, under user operation, said user-selected content; and an advertisement preference selection function selectably displaying said plurality of preferences along with a respective compensation rate to be respectively associated with selection of each of said preferences and to be applied in accounting for said respective incrementing compensation value, and selecting, under user operation, said user-selected integrated advertisement preference from said plurality of preferences.

44. The system of claim 30, further comprising a client application locally operable on each of said user client devices to render a graphical user interface having a content selection function and an advertisement preference selection function; wherein at least some of said client devices consist of camera-enabled devices and wherein said content selection function is communicatively linked with a camera function thereof to select digital content acquired therewith as said user-selected content.

45. The system of claim 44, wherein said content selection function automatically activates said camera function to acquire new content therewith, and enable said users to automatically upload said new content as said user-selected content to said integration engine for sharing.

46. The system of any one of claims 30 to 45, wherein said integration engine comprises a central network-accessible digital content integrator.

47. A system for sharing digital user content via a server-based content sharing platform, the system comprising:

an input communication interface communicating with respective user client devices to access therefrom user-selected content to be posted to the server-based content sharing platform;

an integration engine operated by a digital data processor to integrate user-related data with said user-selected content to output a sharable integrated content item; and

an output communication interface interfacing with the server-based content sharing platform to relay said sharable integrated content item thereto to be shared thereon on behalf of said user as originating therefrom and integrally identifying the user-related data as part of said user-selected content.

48. The system of claim 47, wherein said user-related data comprises a user identification integrally identifying the user as originator of said user-selected content once shared.

49. The system of claim 48, wherein said integration engine is operated to embed said user identification as a form of digital signature integral to said sharable integrated content item that is inseparable therefrom.

50. The system of claim 48, wherein said user identification comprises a username previously registered by the user with the system.

51. The system of claim 47, wherein said user-related data comprises a current user location or a previously registered user location.

52. The system of claim 47, wherein the system further comprises a server-accessible user database having stored thereon information respective to each system user including said user-related data, wherein said user-related data is accessible by said integration engine from said user database.

53. The system of any one of claims 47 to 52, wherein at least some of said user-related data is visibly integrated to visibly identify the user as originator of said user-selected content.

54. The system of claim 53, wherein said user identification further comprises a current location of the user associated with a GPS position computed by and accessed from said respective user client devices.

55. A non-transitory computer-readable medium having statements and instructions stored thereon for implementation by a processor of a personal communication device in sharing digital user content via a server-based content sharing platform by:

receiving as input via a graphical user interface implemented on the personal communication device, selection of the user content to be shared via the server-based content sharing platform;

receiving as input via said graphical user interface, selection of an integrated advertisement preference selected from a plurality of such preferences; and

communicating said user content selection and said integrated advertisement preference selection to an advertisement integration engine operated by a remote digital data processor to integrate a selected advertisement item corresponding with said preference selection with said user content to output a sharable integrated content item, with instructions to have said sharable integrated content item relayed to the server-based content sharing platform to be shared thereon on behalf of said user as originating therefrom.

56. A non-transitory computer-readable medium having statements and instructions stored thereon for implementation by a processor of a personal communication device in sharing digital user content via a server-based content sharing platform by:

receiving as input via a graphical user interface implemented on the personal communication device, selection of the user content to be shared via the server-based content sharing platform; and

communicating said user content selection and user identification to an external content integration engine operated by a remote digital data processor to integrate user identification with said user content to output a sharable integrated content item, with instructions to have said sharable integrated content item relayed to the server-based content sharing platform to be shared thereon on behalf of said user as originating therefrom and integrally identifying the user as originator of said user content.

57. A server-based method for sharing digital user content via a server-based content sharing platform, the method comprising automatically:

receiving as input user selection of the user content to be shared via the server-based content sharing platform;

receiving as input user selection of an integrated advertisement preference selected from a plurality of such preferences;

integrating a user identifier with the user content to output a sharable integrated content item; and

relaying said integrated content item to said server-based content sharing platform to be shared thereon on behalf of said user as originating therefrom and integrally identifying the user as originator of said user content.

58. The method of claim 57, wherein said integrated advertisement preference is a specific brand or advertiser.

59. A user compensation system for digital content sharing via a server-based content sharing platform, the system comprising:

an input communication interface communicating with respective user client devices to access therefrom user-selected content to be posted to the server-based content sharing platform;

a server-accessible storage having stored thereon a plurality of advertisement items;

an advertisement integration engine operated by a digital data processor to integrate a selected advertisement item with said user-selected content to output a sharable branded integrated content item;

an output communication interface interfacing with the server-based content sharing platform to relay said sharable branded integrated content item thereto to be shared thereon on behalf of said user as originating therefrom; and

a server-based accounting engine associating a respective incrementing compensation value with each user based at least in part on a number of content items respectively selected thereby for advertisement integration and sharing via the system, wherein said accounting function directs compensation to each said user as a function of said respective incrementing compensation value.

60. The system of claim 59, wherein said user compensation system is integral to the server-based content sharing platform, and wherein said input communication interface is operated by the server-based content sharing platform as a user portal to said content sharing platform accessible to registered users thereof.

61. The system of claim 60, further comprising a tracking engine tracking visibility of each said sharable branded integrated content item by contacts of said registered users having access to said sharable branded integrated content item via said sharing platform.

62. The system of claim 59, wherein said incrementing compensation value is based at least in part on respective compensation rates associated with each of said advertisement items.

63. The system of claim 59, wherein said input communication interface communicates with said respective user client devices to further access therefrom a user-selected integrated advertisement preference selected from a plurality of such preferences, and wherein said selected advertisement item is selected a function of said preference.

64. The system of claim 63, wherein said preference consists of at least one of a specific brand, a specific advertiser and a specific advertising content item.

65. The system of claim 63, wherein said preference is selected as a function of a listed respective compensation rate associated with each of said preferences.

66. The system of claim 63, wherein said preference is selected from a list of said preferences, wherein said list is automatically generated and rendered by the system on said respective client devices based at least in part on user information gathered via respective system user profiles.

67. The system of any one of claims 59 to 66, wherein each said respective incrementing compensation value is based at least in part on a number of sharing platforms on which said integrated branded content item is concurrently shared.

68. The system of any one of claims 59 to 67, wherein:

the system further comprises a server-based tracker;

said advertisement integration engine further integrates a unique scan code with said sharable branded integrated content item such that, upon said unique scan code being scanned by a branded content viewer's device once said branded content has been posted and viewed on the sharing platform, a viewer tracking signal is automatically communicated from said viewer device to said server-based tracker uniquely identifying said viewed branded content to said tracker; and

said server-based accounting engine increases said respective incrementing compensation value as a function of a number of each said viewer tracking signal received by said tracking engine.

69. The system of claim 68, wherein said viewer tacking signal is automatically communicated upon said unique scan code being scanned by said branded content viewer's device once posted, reposted and/or shared and viewed on any of a plurality of sharing platforms.

70. The system of claim 68 or claim 69, wherein said viewer tracking signal further uniquely identifies the viewer as an other user of the system; and wherein said server-based accounting engine increases said respective incrementing compensation value associated with said other user as a function of a number of each said viewer tracking signal received by said tracking engine uniquely identifying said other user.

71. The system of any one of claims 68 to 70, wherein said scan code comprises a QR code.

72. The system of any one of claims 68 to 70, wherein said scan code comprises a bar code or a unique serial number.

73. The system of any one of claims 59 to 67, wherein:

the system further comprises a server-operated crawler operated to crawl accessible posted content on the sharing platform;

said advertisement integration engine further integrates a unique scan code with said sharable branded integrated content item that uniquely identifies said branded content item and that is automatically recognizable by said crawler once posted to the sharing platform; and

said server-based accounting engine increases said respective incrementing compensation value as a function of a number of times said unique scan code is uniquely recognized by said crawler.

74. The system of any one of claims 59 to 73, wherein said input communication interface communicates with said respective user client devices to access from a respective user specific user-authorization for posting advertiser-directed postings on behalf of said respective user;

wherein said advertisement integration engine, in response to sais user-authorization, digitally integrates a respective user identifier with an advertiser directed content item to produce a user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item;

wherein said output communication interface relays said user-specific integrated advertiser content item to the server-based content sharing platform on behalf of said respective user as originating therefrom to be viewed by contacts of said respective user as being approved thereby; and

wherein said accounting engine associates a distinct incrementing compensation value with each said respective user based at least in part on at least one of a number of advertiser directed content items posted on its behalf and a visibility of said advertiser directed content item once posted.

75. The system of claim 74, wherein said respective user identifier identifies said respective user as being sponsored by an advertising entity identifiable from said advertiser directed content.

76. The system of claim 74 or claim 75, wherein said user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item is posted via said output interface as a function of at least one of a posting and user activity of said respective user.

77. The system of claim 76, wherein said user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item is automatically posted during a low posting activity period automatically designated as a function of a tracked posting history for said respective user.

78. The system of claim 76, wherein said user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item is automatically posted immediately before said respective user posts its own content to act as an introduction to said respective user's own content.

79. The system of claim 76, wherein said user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item is automatically posted as a function of a geographical location of said respective user to integrally reference said geographical location in said user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item.

80. The system of claim 76, wherein said user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item is automatically posted as a function of a demographic or personal attribute of said respective user.

81. The system of any one of claims 74 to 80, wherein said user-specific integrated advertiser directed content item is automatically consists of promotional content redeemable specifically by said contacts of said respective users and accessible only via said sharing platform.

82. The system of any one of claims 30 to 45, wherein the content sharing platform comprises at least one of a Short Message Service (SMS) platform and a Multimedia

Message Service (MMS) platform.

83. A system for sharing text-based messages via a multimedia content sharing platform, the system comprising:

an input communication interface communicating with respective user client devices to access therefrom text-based messages created to be shared via the content sharing platform;

a server-accessible storage having stored thereon a plurality of background image and/or video items;

an integration engine operated by a digital data processor to integrate each of said text-based messages with a selected one of said background image and/or video items to output a sharable integrated text-based multimedia content item; and

an output communication interface interfacing with the multimedia content sharing platform to relay said sharable integrated text-based multimedia content item to be shared thereon on behalf of said user as originating therefrom.

84. The system of claim 83, wherein each of said plurality of background image and/or video items has associated therewith a designated mood parameter, wherein said integration engine further accesses an intended mood automatically extracted from at least some of the text-based messages and automatically selects said selected one of said background image and/or video items to have said designated mood parameter thereof correspond with said intended mood.

85. The system of claim 84, wherein said intended mood is automatically extracted as a function of an automatically identifiable emoticon or emotion-based shortcut keys included within the text-based messages.

86. The system of claim 85, wherein said intended mood is automatically extracted as a function of automatically identifiable keywords included within the text-based messages.

87. The system of claim 83, wherein a long text-based message over a predetermined length is automatically integrated into a video-based content item wherein said long text-based message is progressively scrolled through said video-based content item.

88. The system of any one of claims 83 to 86, wherein the multimedia content sharing platform comprises a Multimedia Message Service (MMS) platform.

89. The system of any one of claims 83 to 87, wherein the multimedia content sharing platform comprises a text-message-incompatible sharing platform.

90. The system of any one of claims 83 to 89, wherein said background image and/or video items comprise advertising items, the system further comprising an advertising item exposure tracker tracking integration of said advertising items for distinct users.

91. The system of claim 90, wherein said external content exposure tracker incrementally associates for each user a corresponding compensation value based on said tracking; wherein the system further comprises an accounting interface for providing each said user direct compensation based on a total incremented compensation value as soci ated therewith .

92. A method for sharing text-based messages via a multimedia content sharing platform, the method comprising:

receiving as input text-based messages created by respective users to be shared via the content sharing platform;

integrating each of said text-based messages with a selected background image and/or video item to output a sharable integrated text-based multimedia content item; and interfacing with the multimedia content sharing platform to relay said sharable integrated text-based multimedia content item to be shared thereon on behalf of each of said users as originating therefrom.

93. The method of claim 92, further comprising: automatically extracting an intended mood from at least some of the text-based messages; wherein said selecting comprises automatically selecting said background image and/or video item in accordance with a designated mood parameter associated therewith corresponding with said automatically extracted intended mood.

94. The method of claim 93, wherein said intended mood is automatically extracted as a function of an automatically identifiable emoticon or emotion-based shortcut keys included within the text-based messages.