Discovery of network members by personal attributes

  • US 8,914,024 B2
  • Filed: 01/09/2009
  • Issued: 12/16/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/10/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system comprising:

  • a server configured to communicate personal information between a first user and a second user, the first user using a respective first mobile communications device and the second user using a respective second mobile communications device each connected to a mobile telecommunications provider network and each also connected to a short range wireless communication protocol through an ad hoc wireless network;

    the server in communication with the mobile telecommunications provider network, and configured to provide access to stored user profile information about the first user and the second user, respectively, including personal attribute information and a mobile communications device address;

    the server configured to receive from the first mobile communications device a received unique ad hoc network identifier for the second mobile communications device received by the first mobile communications device from the second mobile communications device responsive to a search by the first mobile communications device using the short range communication protocol for the presence of the second mobile communications device on the ad hoc network;

    the server configured to receive from the first mobile communications device the unique ad hoc network identifier of the second mobile communications device and to send to the second mobile communications device, using the unique ad hoc network identifier, an invitation to accept personal attribute information from, or share personal attribute information with, the first user, upon receipt of permission from the second user to receive personal attribute information about, or share personal attribute information with, the first user; and

    the server configured to connect the first user and the second user through the mobile telecommunications provider network for personal communication between the first user and the second user, without the first user and the second user first connecting for personal communication through the ad hoc network wherein the server is configured to receive from the first mobile communications device the unique ad hoc network identifier for the second mobile communications device, and locate information about the second user from a social network file of the second user, including a name and image of the second user, and transmit this information to the first mobile communications device.

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