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A System and Method to Use Social Network Data and Travel Events Data to Co-ordinate Travel Plans with Friends and Relatives

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000221304D
Publication Date: 2012-Sep-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 22K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for enabling a user of a social networking web site to notify friends and relatives about their travel plans in order to coordinate joint travel plans.

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A System and Method to Use Social Network Data and Travel Events Data to Co-ordinate Travel Plans with Friends and Relatives

Disclosed is a method and system for enabling a user of a social networking web site to notify friends and relatives about their travel plans in order to coordinate joint travel plans, if desired.

Generally, persons who are making travel plans would like to invite relatives or friends to join them, communicate their plans verbally and finalize reservations based on their response. However, the usage of verbal communication is not the most effective as people tend to forget, can be preoccupied, or any other factors such as these.

In accordance with the system and method, a data mode to securely share travel information via social network web sites with a subset of friends and relatives that a user chooses to share this information is proposed. Based on the user's formal or tentative plans, any number of friends or family out of the subset may express interest in

joining in the plans with or without family and thereafter a group travel plan can be decided upon.

In accordance with the method and system, the user initially requests a service which provides information or notifications about travel plans to the subset of the user's friends and relatives. The user specifies that the social network service can share their travel plans with the subset or select few of their friends and relatives. Subsequently, the social network service provider based on their enterprise relationship with travel reservation web sites conducts searches. The search results are typically drawn from travel web sites and listings of travel plans made by a set of the services' users. These search results are provisional and may or may not be shown to the user.

In another embodiment, the service may direct the travel web sites to periodically (say every hour, for instance) send information about travel plans made by select users who are also users of the service. A canonical identity for each user is established. The canonical identities may be established based on a name and address. They may also be established through a unique identity which is generated by the social network web site and provided to the travel web sites through a principal telephone or email address associated with the user.

Subsequently, the end user's immediate social network is searched for either the canonical and travel plans, with the results being tabulated. The user's immediate social network is also searched to see if they have agreed to the service. The results are aggregated according to the user's or service provider's preference. In some embodiments, immediate frien...