Apple has recently filed a patent application that describes a method for obtaining and adding metadata to files automatically using the Internet and various social networks. This interesting approach demonstrates Apple’s interest in creating connections with social networks.

C-Net brought this interesting news to our attention in their article, “Apple patent application explores using social networks for automatic metadata.” By inventing a way for users to automatically update their files using data obtained online, Apple seeks to solve an issue that some may or may not even know exists. Metadata on files already includes common entries such as date of creation, location-based data, user-defined tags and keywords, and other device-specific information. Apple’s solution will sift through various other applications to find shared data characteristics.

Melody K. Smith

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