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SHARING PHOTOS BASED ON TRAVEL INFORMATION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238036D
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-28
Document File: 5 page(s) / 68K

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Abstract

The system generally facilitates the sharing of photos between people. For example, the system uses travel related information to build photo albums that the system might suggest to share with others. Such travel related information may include various information associated with a person’s travels (e.g., calendar information, itineraries, etc.).

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SHARING PHOTOS BASED ON TRAVEL INFORMATION

ABSTRACT

      The system generally facilitates the sharing of photos between people. For example, the system uses travel related information to build photo albums that the system might suggest to share with others. Such travel related information may include various information associated with a person's travels (e.g., calendar information, itineraries, etc.).

DESCRIPTION

      If a person visits another person in another town, the visitor may want to share his or her photos from their time in town with the host, and the host may want to get a copy of the photos from the visit. This would be particularly the case if the two were spending time together in interesting places.

      FIG. 1 shows a diagram of a scenario where a system facilitates a person (e.g., user
A) in sharing photos with another person (e.g., user B). As shown, user A is visiting user B in user B's town. When user A takes photos, the system suggests creating a photo album of the photos taken by user A. The system may then enable user A to share the photo album containing the photos with user B.

      The system described herein utilizes travel related information to build photo albums that the system might suggest to share with others. As described in more detail below, such travel related information may include various information associated with a person's travels (e.g., calendar information, itineraries, etc.).

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      The process is initiated when a given user (e.g., user A) indicates that he or she is traveling somewhere to visit another user (e.g., user B). User A may indicate this by various actions. For example, such indicative actions may include user A sending an itinerary via e-mail to user B. The email may be, for example, a personal email or a message via a social networking system, etc. Another indicative action may include user A sending a calendar invite. The calendar invite may refer to the trip itself or to some aspect of the trip. Also, user B may add a calendar event such as "User A in town" lasting multiple days.

      From such indicative actions, the system obtains information such as which two users are involved in the visits. The system may also obtain information such as what period of time the two users are planning to be in the same place (e.g., in the town of the host user B).

      Over the period of time of the visit, presume that user A and user B take some photos. The system may also attempt to better determine when the two people, user A and user B, are in the same place by looking at the geotagged location of the photos. For example, the system may determine whether user A and user B are geographically near each other. The system may also determine whether user A and user B are both "checked in"...