Connecting consumers with service providers

  • US 7,835,928 B2
  • Filed: 08/26/2009
  • Issued: 11/16/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/08/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A computer-implemented method comprises:

  • receiving a request from a consumer of services to consult with a service provider having a service provider profile that satisfies at least some attributes in a set of attributes that define a suitable service provider;

    identifying, by one or more computers, one or more available service providers satisfying at least some of the attributes in the set of attributes;

    generating, by one or more computers, a graphical user interface, with the graphical user interface when displayed on a display device, rendering;

    a visual representation corresponding to at least one of the one or more identified service providers; and

    a link through which the consumer selects one or more of the identified service providers to cause a communication channel to be established between the consumer of services and the selected service provider; and

    receiving data indicating the consumer'"'"'s selection of an available service provider.

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