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Link people by matching common interests based on the places visited

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000223698D
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-23
Document File: 4 page(s) / 28K

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Disclosed is an automated method for discovering people with similar interests based on the places they visit. The system utilizes Global Positioning System technology along with profile databases on social networking websites.

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Link people by matching common interests based on the places visited

Often, people frequent the same places or take part in the same activities as others, yet still remain strangers with those people. A method is needed to bring together people who share the same interests or wish to accomplish a common goal. Some examples interests people could share are:

 Regularly going to the same gym

 Going to the same stadium each week to see a game

 Going to a particular club on the weekends

 Attending the same university and living in proximity to one another

 Discovering if anyone of one's friends or friends-of-friends has the same interests

A new automated way is required because it is very hard to achieve these goals with the existing solutions. Many times, a person's interests are not explicitly recorded into a database or social network profile. In order to find people with the same interests, a user must manually find on social network profiles or web sites with specific attendance what they are looking for. Current methods do not use an automated way to match people's interests based only on where they go and do not consider the recurrence of such events. Existing solutions might just suggest friends of friends that a user 'may know' based on their profile data only. Other problems with existing solutions include:

 They depend on the user's input or action (require user's interaction or to provide data)

 They are not automated

 Do not take into consideration the places the user visits

 Rely on profile data only

This invention proposes an automated method for discovering people with similar interests based on the places they visit. This method discovers other members of a social network with habits and interests common to a user, and then suggests the user add them to their social network.

By using a Global Positioning System (GPS)/mobile device to track the places visited based on auto check-in (i.e., GPS is stopped for a certain amount of time in known place), it compares the user's history with other people's saved data. The method matches the places visited between friends, friends-of-friends, or everybody. In addition, the comparisons may consider identical or similar places to match a common interest.

The novel contributions of the invention are:

 The system matches interests based on visited places

 The system uses GPS to auto check-in at places where the user stays (longer than a threshold)

 The system does not require manual actions (e.g., providing input of current location)


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With the user's permission, the GPS/mobile phone device keeps a history of the places they auto check-into (i.e., stay stopped for a defined amount of time). For every place the user auto-checks-out, the device marks that place in the history, as well as the frequency visited. This is saved in the device's memory and the GPS position identifies what is the place you visited.

This new method compares th...