Popular social networking site Facebook has received a wide ranging patent for displaying news feeds from social networks.

Facebook initially filed the patent in August 2006 and got approved by the US Patent Office earlier this week. The patent is for the sites news feed being generated from user interactions within the social network.

A user (the viewing user) of a social network may choose to view a news feed about another user (the subject user) in the social network, according to All Facebook, which first noticed the patent.

A list of the subject user's activities within the social network may be drawn from various databases within the social network. The news feed is automatically generated based on the list of activities.