Hot news neighborhood banter in a geo-spatial social network

  • US 9,098,545 B2
  • Filed: 07/10/2007
  • Issued: 08/04/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/10/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for providing users of information with timely information about a news story related to the geographic locations of the users, the method comprising the steps of:

  • receiving a submission of a news story from the Internet via a computer network interface device, the news story comprising a geographic location of the news story, a description of the details of the news story and information related to the marketing of goods associated with the news story;

    searching a contact database, the contact database stored on a computer and comprising electronic contact information and geographic location information for a plurality of users, to select users whose geographic locations indicate a proximity to the geographic location of the news story;

    providing, via the computer network interface device, the selected users with the geographic location of the news story, the description of the details of the news story, and the information related to the marketing of goods associated with the news story;

    enabling an interested user to form an immediate communication in the form of an online interview with at least one of a neighboring user surrounding the specific geographic location of the news story;

    generating a contact information of users, wherein the contact information comprises at least one of an email address, an instant message identification and a telephonic contact number; and

    permitting other users to access the contact information of the user when the user makes a submission in order to permit immediate communication between at least the other user and the submitter user.

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