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A Method and System for Creating and Maintaining a Network of User Profiles Based On Common Interests

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202391D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-15
Document File: 3 page(s) / 92K

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Abstract

A method and system for creating and maintaining a network of user profiles based on common interests.

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A Method and System for Creating and Maintaining a Network of User Profiles Based On Common Interests

Disclosed is a method and system for building and maintaining a network of user profiles based on common interests. Each user may be associated with multiple profiles, wherein each profile may correspond to a specific category of interests. When a category of interests of a user is similar to a category of interests of another user, a network connection is created between the two users. However, the two users are connected only through the common category of interests. In other words, the network connection between the two users is through a connection between respective profiles of the users. As a result, the two users may not be aware about each other's profiles, which are not common and hence not connected.

The figure illustrates an exemplary network of user profiles created in accordance with the method and system disclosed herein. As shown, each of User A, User B and User C has multiple profiles associated with them. For example, User A has two profiles, namely, 'Arts' and 'Music'. Similarly, User B has the profiles 'Music' and 'Sports'. Likewise, User C has the profiles 'Arts', 'Music' and 'Sports'. By comparing the profiles of all users, one or more common profiles may be determined between a group of users. For example, as illustrated, a comparison of the profiles indicates that User A and User B share a common profile of 'Music'. In other words, both User A and User B have indicated their interest in music. As a result, User A and User B may now be connected through their common profile 'Music' as shown in the figure. This network connection is in the form of a profile to profile connection, i.e. a network connection between the 'Music' profiles of User A and User B. Similarly, a network connection may be created between User A and User C through their 'Arts' profile. Likewise, a network connection may be created between User B and User C through their 'Sports' profile as illustrated.

In an embodiment, the comparison of profiles of users is automatically performed to detect one or more common profiles between a user and other users. For example, the profiles 'Music' and 'Arts' may be detected as common profiles between User A and User C. Subsequently, the user is presented with recommendations for network connections to the other users. In the above example, User A may be presented with 'Arts' and 'Music' Profile' of User C. Thereafter, the user may accept one or more recommendations, thus creating a network of user profiles. For instance, User A may accept the recommendation to form a network connection between 'Arts' profiles of User A and User C. Further, User A may not accept the recommendation for creating a network creation between 'Music' profiles of User A and User C. Consequently, a network connection is created between User A and User C through their 'Arts' profile as illustrated in the figure.

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