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Internet-Profile Based Date Matching Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004460D
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-20
Document File: 4 page(s) / 112K

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Abstract

The present invention is a date matching network, based upon the matching of individuals that visit the same or similar web sites.

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Internet-Profile Based Date Matching Network.

Date matching services have existed for decades. There continues to be a need for a way for individuals to meet people who have common interests. The Internet is a readily accessible resource for most people that utilize existing dating services.

How to providing a date matching service based upon a client's Internet use?

The Internet is accessed on a regular basis by almost everyone that has access to a computer. The Internet is an arena where one can find information in their interests. Therefore, one's Internet use is an excellent representation of a person's interests. What is needed is to provide a date matching service based upon a client's Internet use.

The present invention is a date matching network, based upon the matching of individuals that visit the same or similar web sites.

Figure 1 illustrates a date matching network 100. User A 110, user B 120, user C 130 and user 140 are clients in the matching network, which is based at a server 150. All of the participating computers communicate via the Internet 160. Similarly, each computer 110-140 contains cookies 155 that offer a form of tracking of the user's Internet use.

Figure 2 illustrates a method of date matching using date matching network 100 including the steps of:

Step 210: User registers/ downloads service software

The client goes to the dating matching service's web site and begins to register online. After the client has completed all the necessary fields, then the client downloads a version of the client date- matching services software onto their PC.

Step 220: Software accesses/ uploads user's cookies

Upon opening the client date-matching network software, the software locates the user's Internet cookies on the hard drive and uploads them to the service's server.

Step 230: Server stores/ compiles user's cookies

The server then performs an algorithm that stores the client's cookie profile in a database and organizes the cookies into various categories, for example:( music: rock: Bon Jovi).

Step 240: Server compares user's cookie profile with database of profiles

The server scans the existing database of other user cookie profiles for a client that has Internet Cookies from either the same web sites or web sites in the same category. The server creates a weighted list of clients whose cookie profiles match with the current client.

Step 250: Server returns the email of candidates

The server returns to the client a list of the matching clients and their emails.

Step 260: User logs off

When the client's search is completed the user logs off from the service

Step 270: User logs on

The user can log on to the service at a later time. After re-logging on, the software will again locate and upload the client's cookies to update the client's cookie profile in the existi...