Facebook Receives Broad Patent On Location-Based Social Networks And Check-Ins

Posted Oct 10, 2010

Facebook was late to the geo-location social networking space, but they plan to grow and reign supreme in the race. This past week Facebook was given a patent for “Systems and methods for automatically locating web-based social network members.” Facebook can determine the location using a GPS identifier. It will also combine a status update with the member’s current location. Below is the abstract of the patent:

Systems and methods for automatically locating web-based social network members are provided. According to one embodiment, contact content including an associated GPS identifier and status for web-based social network members located at or near the same location automatically appears on a GPS-enabled device. A further exemplary system includes a GPS-enabled device configured to receive a GPS identifier and a status representing a location and a current state for a web-based social network member, a processing module that associates the received GPS-identifier and the received status, and a communications module that sends the associated GPS-identifier and status to a server comprising a web-based social network database. Contact content in a web-based social network database record in the web-based social network database is updated to include the associated GPS identifier and status for the web-based social network member.

[TechCrunch]