Apple Researching Ways to Make New Friends with iPhones

Posted on June 16, 2011 by

A patent application published today by Apple shows that the company is exploring new ways to help iPhone users find new friends, business partners or a date. Using your iPhone, you will be able to find others in your in your immediate vicinity who share similar interests. The following scenario is in Apple’s patent filing:

Social networks are a well known phenomenon, and various electronic systems to support social networking are known. Growing a social network can mean that a person needs to discover like-minded or compatible people who have similar interests or experiences to him or her. Identifying like-minded people, however, often requires a substantial amount of and time and effort because identifying new persons with common interests for friendships is difficult. For example, when two strangers meet, it may take a long and awkward conversation to discover their common interests or experiences.

Common interests and experiences of two or more users located close to each other can be identified from content, including automatically created usage data of the mobile devices. Usage data of a mobile device can be created based on activities performed on the mobile device (e.g., songs downloaded), a trajectory of the mobile device (e.g., places traveled), or other public data available from the mobile device (e.g., pictures shared).

Source: MacRumors

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