No assignee for this patent application, patent application serial number 776283, has been made.
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Social networking over the Internet is a developing field that is growing and improving because of higher data communication rates, better wireless access to networks, wider distribution of smart phones. As the sophistication of social networking technologies is developing, there are still some aspects of the technology that remain rooted in the birth of internet social networking. Among other things, in general, social networking communications are channeled so that social network users communicate via lists of friends, through chat rooms, by following people or subjects."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Embodiments of the present invention provide for location based social networking. Embodiments of the present invention provide for communicating and accessing data using real, physical location data.
"In an embodiment of then present invention, data is received from a user of the location based social networking service. Location data is also received from the user, wherein the location data identifies a real, physical location. The location data may comprise a location of the user or a location selected by the user. The received data is tagged to a location associated with the location data. For example, the associated location may be the physical location of a landmark, building, business proximal to the location and/or a virtual location of an interaction location associated with the location data. In an embodiment of the present invention, the received data is made available to end-users from the tagged location, wherein an end-user viewing/searching a virtual representation of a location/view including the tagged location will see/find the data tagged to the tagged location on the virtual representation.
"In an embodiment of the present invention, an end user may respond to the data and the responsive data will be tagged to the original data. In embodiments of the present invention users may communicate and exchange data using location as a data storage and search parameter.
"In embodiments of the present invention, by making the receipt and communication of the data occur in real time, a virtual representation of a real location is provided that changes with the location and may be viewed searched so as to determine conditions at the real location.
"In some embodiments filters may be used to restrict access to the data. The filters may provide for limiting access top people at the tagged location, people in an organization and/or the like. In some embodiments, the data is only available from the tagged location for a defined period of time.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"The present disclosure is described in conjunction with the appended figures:
"FIG. 1A is a flow-type illustration of a method for location based social networking, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention
"FIG. 1B is a flow-type illustration of a method for location based social networking, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;
"FIG. 2 is a schematic-type illustration of a system for location based social networking, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;
"FIG. 3A is an illustration of a virtual horizon of a location based social network, in accordance with an embodiment t of the present invention; and
"FIGS. 3B & 3C are illustrations of virtual map-type representations for a location based social network, in accordance with an embodiment t of the present invention.
"In the appended figures, similar components and/or features may have the same reference label. Further, various components of the same type may be distinguished by following the reference label by a dash and a second label that distinguishes among the similar components. If only the first reference label is used in the specification, the description is applicable to any one of the similar components having the same first reference label irrespective of the second reference label."
For more information, see this patent application: Gahlings,
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