AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON SOCIAL NETWORKING - This application from Renren (China) seeks to patent the idea of...initiating social network services between two users based on contact information! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help.
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before Dec 20, 2011 that discusses:
- Initiating a “social networking service” between a first and second user based on the contact information of the second user
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question.. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual.
EXTRA CREDIT - A reference to anything that meets all of the criteria to the question above AND ALSO uses PHYSICAL BUSINESS CARDS to identify the 2nd user contact information (i.e. when you hand someone a business card at a conference), or social networking services such as a FRIEND INVITING MESSAGE or an INVITATION TO AN EVENT .
TITLE: PROCESSING USER CONTACT INFORMATION
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] A method for “processing user contact information” comprising: You provide contact information about another user and a server initiates a “social networking service” between you and that user.
- Publication Number: US 20130159435 A1
- Application Number: 13/607,532
- Assignee: Renren, Inc. (China)
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating Dec 20, 2011
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through Dec 20, 2013
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method for processing user contact information, comprising:
obtaining, at a user equipment of a first user, contact information associated with a second user; and
initiating a social networking service SNS operation between the first user and the second user based on the contact information.
In English this means:
A method for connecting users in a social network:
First user provides contact information about a second user
Initiating a “social networking service” (e.g. a friend request, event invitation, etc.) between the first user and the second user based on the contact information
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to the Dec 20, 2011.
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming using PHYSICAL BUSINESS CARDS to identify the 2nd user contact information (i.e. when you hand someone a business card at a conference)
"Processing User Contact Information” from the Applicant
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