A social network may represent social relationships between a user and entities. At this time a user or an entity may be a person, a group of people, a business or any suitable combination thereof. Within the social network, entities may be associated with a user by relationship.
Exploration of the social network may be performed by following one or more chains of relationships between the user and associated entities. The profile data in the social network data describes the entities that are associated with the user.
The exploration configuration data may include one or more “profile parameters” that specify characteristics of entities in the social network of the user.
A machine (US9225676, priority from 2012, by Google – includes also exploration methodologies listed above) may be configured as a social network exploration machine to explore a social network of a user.
The social network exploration machine includes an access module, an exploration module, an identification module, an authorization module, an action module, an updating module, and a social quality module, all configured to communicate with each other.
The exploration machine may be a server computer, a client computer, a personal computer (PC) and etc. The storage unit of machine includes a machine-readable medium on which is stored a software embodying exploration methodologies.