AN OVERBROAD PATENT FOR ONLINE DATING - This application from Zoosk seeks to patent the idea of finding other people who are nearby and compatible with you online! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents HERE
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before Dec, 2011 that discusses:
- Finding location information about users on a dating site; and
- Finding compatible users to a target user, based on any characteristic defined by the target user (for example, age, gender, height, interests, etc.); and
- Providing information about these compatible users to the target user based on the location information of the compatible users;
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question.
EXTRA CREDIT - A reference to anything that meets all of the criteria to the question above AND ALSO uses common friends (e.g. on Facebook), speed of travel between users or length of time users have been on the site to determine compatibility between users.
TITLE: Identifying Nearby, Compatible Users
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] A method of online dating which uses location information and compatibility, comprising: receiving location information from a bunch of users, getting a compatibility preference for one of the users, and finding other users near that user who are compatible with that user.
- Publication Number: US 20130145288 A1
- Application Number: 13/706,182
- Assignee: Zoosk, Inc
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating December 5, 2011
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through Dec 6, 2013
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method of displaying location information of at least one first user to a second user, comprising: 1. Receiving location information from a plurality of third users comprising the at least one first user, and from the second user;
Receiving from the second user information indicating at least one preference for a plurality of characteristics of other users;
Receiving from each of the plurality of third users information comprising a plurality of characteristics of that user;
Selecting the at least one first user from the plurality of third users responsive to the current locations of the plurality of third users and the second user, the preference of the second user and the characteristics of the plurality of the third users; and
Displaying to the second user information responsive to the location information of the at least one first user selected.
In English this means:
A method of showing location information about users to another user, comprising:
Collecting LOCATION INFORMATION from a bunch of users, for example, their zip codes.
One user expresses a “preference for a characteristic” about those users, for example, “I only want to meet guys who are taller than 5’11””
Other users provide (or have provided) information about that characteristic, for example, “I’m a guy and I am six feet tall”
Identifying a subset of the users who meet the characteristic, for example, “all male users who are taller than 5’11”
Displaying to the first user location information about the subset of users who are compatible with them, for example, “See here on this map are guys who are taller than 5’11” and who are LOCATED near you.”
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to the December 5, 2011.
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming a method using all of the steps above and uses common friends (e.g. on Facebook), speed of travel between users or length of time users have been on the site to determine compatibility between users.
"Identifying and notifying users of nearby potential matches - Flowchart"
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