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designcise says

the entire google+ thing seems like a rip-off of my university thesis. i make this claim on credible grounds because the “inventions department” of my university told me (in 2008/2009) they’re going to try and make profit out of my research when i asked the university for copyright to my project (which sounds funny if you come to think of it), and said if they aren’t able to, then they’ll think about giving the rights to me. and a year later facebook had a blog post very similar to what i wrote in my thesis and now google+ is an exact thing that i modeled and wrote about. not much i can do about it i know, but i’m thinking of making my research public, not sure if it would do any good in any way though.

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TylerQuinn says

So you think a multi billion dollar company came across your paper and decided to make Google+ based off it?

Without seeing the paper it already sounds like a stretch… where is this paper you speak of?

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designcise says

yep.. why not? every company is looking for innovation all the time.. anyway, that paper you ask of, is with me :p and my university of course.. and that’s why i was wondering if it was a good idea to make it public..

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jwmcpeak says

/shrug

There is no such thing as a unique idea. Somewhere, someone has the same idea. It comes down to who implements and executes it the best.

FWIW , I see Google+ as a natural progression from Buzz, which was a natural progression from the idea of Twitter.

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designcise says

well the thing is .. it can’t be too identical in every detail, including the interface .. can it? could be a sheer coincidence, or it could very well be a pick-up from there .. i guess i’ll never know lol

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Siddharth Envato team says

Interfaces don’t really come under IP and the guy who wrote the original paper, who works for Facebook now, worked for Google.

Can you tell us what your thesis was actually about?

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designcise says

yep .. here’s the abstract of my report:

This document focuses on contact list management and privacy issues that exist in current social networking websites. It contains information about various design strategies and implementation ideas used in order to deal with the problems identified with current social networking websites. The ideas described in this document are original. They were conceived after analyzing few of the current popular social networking websites and reading about the criticism they have received in recent times. This project has been developed from ground up on the idea of using groups to maintain different relationships a person has (such as ‘friends’, ‘colleagues’, ‘family’ etc.). Using this approach makes it easier for a user to manage his contact list as it grows and allows easy sharing of personal information by setting permissions on content. For example, the sharing of a family photo album amongst a group of ‘family’ members only or sending/receiving messages to/from a group of ‘friends’ only. This ensures that a user controls what he wants to share and with whom he wants to share it with. Therefore, this approach provides good manageability of contact lists and good control over privacy concerns such as viewing and sharing of personal information.

but it certainly goes beyond this, exploring the issues with the proposed design and implementation and possible solutions etc. it’s a 43 page document.

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TutelageSystems says

Facebook has groups too, just no one uses them.

I could tell you numerous stories about idea’s I have had (even started) where another company has came out with something afterwards.

The real thing to do would be to contact your teacher / university to see if they shared it with anyone and if so, who?

That is your starting grounds. You can’t blame someone for doing something a certain way that you thought was yours when they may have not even had any contact with your paper.

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omarabid says
they’re going to try and make profit out of my research when i asked the university for copyright to my project (which sounds funny if you come to think of it), and said if they aren’t able to, then they’ll think about giving the rights to me

So it’s not yours… you just made it. If I coded a Web App for someone, then it’s not mine.

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designcise says

@TutelageSystems .. i already contacted my university and after i told them what it was about, they stopped replying .. and it’s not just about an idea but the fact that companies do buy off or look into university researches .. you can ask yours about this too ..

@omarabid .. i made it in england .. and went through the english ip laws which clearly state things in my favor ..

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