System and method for the automated notification of compatibility between real-time network participants

  • US 10,164,918 B2
  • Filed: 08/21/2016
  • Issued: 12/25/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/29/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An improved method over traditional real-time internet-based communication networks for improving the ability for a participant to identify unknown yet compatible network participants to communicate in real-time where the network is configured to provide network services for at least 300,000 network participants and where at least a portion of the participants determined to be compatible use the network in real-time at random times, the improved method comprising:

  • collecting human participant-specific data for at least one participant of a real-time internet-based communication network having at least 300,000 network participants, wherein said step of collecting human participant-specific data includes presenting to a human participant an on-line survey comprising a plurality of questions, and detecting and recording the human participant responses to the questions;

    storing, in memory, the human participant specific data collected, wherein said step of storing the collected human participant-specific data includes creating at least one data table within a database that includes data for a plurality of human participants, and within said table storing at least one record containing information indicative of the human participant responses to the questions;

    processing the stored human participant specific data, using compatibility criteria, to determine interpersonal compatibility between at least two network participants, wherein said step of processing the stored human participant-specific data includes retrieving at least one compatibility criteria for the network participants, wherein the compatibility criteria includes at least one characteristic and a threshold, and applying the compatibility criteria to a plurality of network participant records containing information indicative of the human participant responses in the data table within the database so as to determine the compatibility of the human participants;

    sorting said human participant specific data from a plurality of network participants by interpersonal compatibility wherein sorting further includes identifying participants who are logged into the network, providing the ability to identify compatible participants currently using the network; and

    directing data for display in a window region of a graphical user-interface of a display device associated with a first compatible participant, including providing improved usability to participants by automatically directing for display only a portion of the human participant specific data of the first compatible participant to at least a second compatible participant in association with the network, wherein the displayed human participant specific data includes an indication that said first participant is currently using said network.

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