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Automatically locating users in proximity to a user of a social networking system

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Automatically locating users in proximity to a user of a social networking system


Systems and methods for automatically locating web-based social network members are provided. According to one embodiment, contact content including an associated GPS identifier and status for web-based social network members located at or near the same location automatically appears on a GPS-enabled device. A further exemplary system includes a GPS-enabled device configured to receive a GPS identifier and a status representing a location and a current state for a web-based social network member, a processing module that associates the received GPS-identifier and the received status, and a communications module that sends the associated GPS-identifier and status to a server comprising a web-based social network database. Contact content in a web-based social network database record in the web-based social network database is updated to include the associated GPS identifier and status for the web-based social network member.
Related Terms: Communications Network Database Server Networking Social Network Social Networking Led Device

Inventors: Jed Stremel, TS Ramakrishnan, Mark Slee
USPTO Applicaton #: #20130012233 - Class: 4554562 (USPTO) - 01/10/13 - Class 455 
Telecommunications > Radiotelephone System >Zoned Or Cellular Telephone System >Location Monitoring >Based On Request Signal

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130012233, Automatically locating users in proximity to a user of a social networking system.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

The present application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/875,977 filed on Sep. 3, 2010 titled “Systems And Methods For Automatically Locating Web-Based Social Network Members,” which is a continuation of U.S. Pat. No. 7,809,805 filed on Feb. 28, 2007 titled “Systems And Methods For Automatically Locating Web-Based Social Network Members,” both of which are incorporated by reference herein in their entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/639,655 filed on Dec. 14, 2006 for “Systems and Methods for Social Mapping,” which in turn claims the benefit and priority of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/750,844 filed on Dec. 14, 2005 for “Systems and Methods for Social Mapping,” which are incorporated by reference herein in their entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/646,206 filed on Dec. 26, 2006 for “Systems and Methods for Social Timeline,” which in turn claims the benefit and priority of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/753,810 filed on Dec. 23, 2005 for “Systems and Methods for Social Timeline,” which are incorporated by reference herein in their entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/493,291 filed on Jul. 25, 2006 for “Systems and Methods for Dynamically Generating a Privacy Summary,” which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/499,093 filed on Aug. 2, 2006 for “Systems and Methods for Dynamically Generating Segmented Community Flyers,” which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/502,757 filed on Aug. 11, 2006 for “Systems and Methods for Generating Dynamic Relationship-Based Content Personalized for Members of a Web-Based Social Network,” which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/503,093 filed on Aug. 11, 2006 for “Systems and Methods for Measuring User Affinity in a Social Network Environment,” which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/503,037 filed on Aug. 11, 2006 for “Systems and Methods for Providing Dynamically Selected Media Content to a User of an Electronic Device in a Social Network Environment,” which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/503,242 filed on Aug. 11, 2006 for “System and Method for Dynamically Providing a News Feed About a User of a Social Network,” which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/580,210 filed on Oct. 11, 2006, for “System and Method for Tagging Digital Media,” which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/856,416 filed on Nov. 3, 2006 for “Systems and Methods for a Web-Based Social Networking Environment Integrated Within One or More Computing and/or Networking Applications,” which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/899,121 filed on Feb. 2, 2007 entitled “System and Method for Automatically Giving Gifts and Displaying Assets in a Social Network Environment,” which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/701,698 filed on Feb. 2, 2007 entitled “System and Method for Digital File Distribution,” which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/701,566 filed on Feb. 2, 2007 entitled “System and Method for Automatic Population of a Contact File with Contact Content and Expression Content,” which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/701,595 filed on Feb. 2, 2007 entitled “System and Method for Determining a Trust Level in a Social Network Environment,” which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application is also related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/701,744 filed on Feb. 2, 2007 entitled “System and Method for Curtailing Objectionable Behavior in a Web-Based Social Network,” which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates generally to web-based social networks, and more particularly to systems and methods for automatically locating web-based social network members.

2. Description of Related Art

Deciding whether to contact a particular friend, classmate, or coworker often hinges on where the person is located and what that person is doing. Such a decision typically has to be made in a limited amount of time with a limited amount of information. Further, when a person arrives at a particular location, such as a park or shopping mall, they often want to know if someone else they know is also at the same location. There is thus a need for systems and methods for automatically locating web-based social network members.

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

Systems and methods are provided for automatically locating web-based social network members. An exemplary method includes receiving a GPS identifier into a device, receiving a status into the device, associating the GPS identifier and the status, storing a copy of the associated GPS identifier and status in a contact file on the device, and sending the associated GPS identifier and status to a server comprising a web-based social network database. Another exemplary method includes receiving across a network on a server comprising a web-based social network database, an associated GPS identifier and status for a web-based social network member, updating contact content in a web-based social network database record in the web-based social network database with the associated GPS identifier and status for the web-based social network member, and providing the contact content to a communications module for sending across the network to a device having a contact file configured to automatically store the contact content.

An exemplary system according to one embodiment comprises a device with a GPS module configured to receive a GPS identifier, a status entry screen on the device configured to receive a status, a processing module on the device configured to associate the GPS identifier and the status, a contact file on the device configured to store a copy of the associated GPS identifier and status, and a communication module on the device configured to send the associated GPS identifier and status to a server comprising a web-based social network database.

Another exemplary system includes a server comprising a web-based social network database, the server configured to receive across a network an associated GPS identifier and status for a web-based social network member, the web-based social network database including a web-based social network database record for the web-based social network member, the web-based social network database record configured to update contact content with the associated GPS identifier, and the server further configured to provide the contact content to a communications module for sending across the network to a device having a contact file configured to automatically store the contact content.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20130012233 A1
Publish Date
01/10/2013
Document #
13619295
File Date
09/14/2012
USPTO Class
4554562
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
04W40/20
Drawings
6


Communications
Network Database
Server
Networking
Social Network
Social Networking
Led Device


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