25/11/2013 07:02 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 05:59 GMT

Google Patents Social Media 'Auto Responder' That Can Post Replies For You

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Google has patented a way to learn how you "react" on social media - and then do the job for you.

A new process patented by the search giant claims to be able to write "personalised reactions" based on your social history - without your explicit help.

The tech is said to collect your interactions, analyse them and provide a list of suggested replies so that you can quickly post a reply, without having to actually think of it yourself.

The idea is to semi-automate the laborious process of looking at things and thinking about how to react to them. Genius.

"The popularity and use of social networks and other types of electronic communication has grown dramatically in recent years," said Google software engineer Ashish Bhatia in the application.

"It is often difficult for users to keep up with and reply to all the messages they are receiving."

Potential (useful) implementations could be a quick way to blast through your emails at work, post mass replies to comments on social media or - yes - automating appropriately enthusiastic reactions to baby pictures.

The patent application itself describes the idea as:

A system and method for automatic generating suggestions for personalized reactions or messages. A suggestion generation module includes a plurality of collector modules, a credentials module, a suggestion analyzer module, a user interface module and a decision tree. The plurality of collector modules are coupled to respective systems to collect information accessible by the user and important to the user from other systems such as e-mail systems, SMS/MMS systems, micro blogging systems, social networks or other systems.


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