Location-based discovery of network members by personal attributes for alternate channel communication

  • US 9,264,875 B2
  • Filed: 12/15/2014
  • Issued: 02/16/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/10/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A system comprising:

  • a computing device configured to allow communication between a plurality of members of a social network for any of connecting through said social network and exchanging 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 operatively connected to any of a mobile telecommunications provider network and an internet connection to access said computing device;

    the computing device in communication with said first user and said second user through said first mobile communications device and said second mobile communications device, wherein said computing device connects said first mobile communications device and said second mobile communications device to the internet using any of the mobile telecommunications provider network and a Wi-Fi connection;

    the computing device configured to provide access to stored user profile information relating to said first user and said second user, respectively, wherein said stored user profile information comprises any of a picture, name, and location of a respective user;

    the computing device configured to receive an inquiry from said first user about members in said social network who are close by in proximity to a current location of said first user to permit connection through said social network and for exchanging contact information between the users;

    the computing device configured to return said inquiry by providing a user profile information of said members, wherein said user profile information comprises attributes comprising any of a picture, name, and location of a respective member, and wherein said computer device reports to said first user said attributes of all members who are close by in proximity to said current location of said first user;

    the computing device configured to receive information identifying locations of the first user and cross reference with any of a location of said second mobile communications device, and locations of multiple users that are close by in proximity to said current location of said first user;

    the computing device configured to receive a unique device hardware identifier from each mobile communication device from each linked member in said social network to associate and link to a respective member profile to authenticate said respective member as a linked member;

    the computing device configured to determine proximity of the locations of the first and second mobile communication devices and other communication devices of other users to one another and to send to the second mobile communications device an invitation to connect to said first user or accept personal attribute information, or share personal attribute information with, the first user;

    the computing device configured to provide services between users for personal communication, the personal communication comprising services including one or more of SMS, E-mail, chat/instant messaging, multimedia, voice, or video; and

    the computing device configured to provide personal attributes comprising any of a picture, name, and location of members in a vicinity of one another to permit connections and exchange of contact information between said members,wherein the first and second users are members of a same social network, and the computing device is operable to disclose social network attributes including a picture, name, and location of first and second users in the vicinity or within a particular distance from one another for the purpose of connecting members.

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