Online dating system

These dating systems are social networks which provide users of the dating system the opportunity to develop personal relationships with other users. Various online dating websites have been developed in the art that provide an online meeting place for like-minded individuals or couples to register their personal profiles, search and view the profiles of other members, and initiate contact with other members using various communication means like email, winks, text messages, voice messages, video chats, voice chats, and instant messaging.

In any dating system, or social environment, there are always a small number of users that everyone finds desirable. The huge imbalance in the limited supply of such desirable users versus the huge demand by those who want to meet them is the reason why most online dating websites deliver poor end-user experience to their users. More specifically, because there is always a much larger demand for, and a much smaller supply of desirable users, a desirable user is often overwhelmed by the large number of inquiries from prospective suitors and may not have the time to respond to every inquiry he or she receives.

On the other hand, an average user who attempts to contact such desirable users will likely be disappointed with the low rate of response, or never receiving a response to his or her inquiries at all. In the end, both desirable and average users end up having a less than perfect end-user experience.

There have been many prior art improvements to online dating systems. One prior art taught in U. Another prior art taught in U. Yet another prior art taught in U. However, none of the prior art dating systems described above offer a solution to address the imbalance between the limited supply of desirable users and the high demand by users to date and communicate with these popular desirable users.

In light of the foregoing discussion, there is a need for a technique for balancing the supply of and demand for dating highly desirable users in an online dating system. Further, the technique may enhance end user experience of an online dating system. In one example embodiment of the present invention, users registering for an account on the dating system may specify if the account type is that of a buying user, or a selling user. A selling user is one who is willing to go out on a date with a buying user in exchange for receiving compensation from the buying user, whereas, a buying user is one who is willing to pay compensation to a selling user in exchange for going out on the date with the selling user.

A user initiates an offer to another user of the opposite account type. Upon receiving an offer, the user may reject the offer, accept the offer, or respond with a counter offer. If the user responds with a counter offer, the other user may reject the counter offer; accept the counter offer, or respond again with another counter offer.

When a counter offer is submitted, the process goes back and forth until one user either rejects the counter offer or accepts the counter offer. Once an offer has been accepted, communication between the two users is enabled, allowing the users to exchange contact information and schedule a time and place for the date. Each user may provide feedback about the other user after completion of the date. In another embodiment of the present invention, users registering for an account on the dating system do not need to specify if they are a buying or selling user.

Instead, any user of the system may initiate an offer to another user by specifying if the offer is an offer to buy a date, or an offer to sell a date. By providing a market place where the ability to go out on a date with users of an online dating system may be bought or sold, the present invention introduces an economic model that balances the supply and demand of dating highly desirable users through price.

A buying user who really wants to go out on a date with a selling user may make a high offer that the selling user will accept, thereby improving the end user experience for both online dating users.

Other features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following more detailed description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, which illustrate, by way of example, the principles of the invention.

This invention, however, may be embodied in many different ways, and the description provided herein should not be construed as limiting in any way. Among other things, the following invention may be embodied as methods or devices. As such, the present invention may take the form of an entirely hardware embodiment, an entirely software embodiment, or an embodiment combining software and hardware aspects. The following detailed descriptions should not be taken in a limiting sense.

Furthermore, all publications, patents, and patent documents referred to in this document are incorporated by reference herein in their entirety, as though individually incorporated by reference.

In the event of inconsistent usages between this document and those documents so incorporated by reference, the usage in the incorporated reference s should be considered supplementary to that of this document; for irreconcilable inconsistencies, the usage in this document controls.

The description provided herein is complete and sufficient for those skilled in the arts of systems and web development to implement the methods as described.

One embodiment of this dating system may employ a server running an operating system such as Linux, web-server software such as Apache, and database such as MySQL, with methods implemented through a software development language such as PHP or Java.

However, the invention should not be limited to the types of software operating system, web-server software, database software, software development language, server or client hardware. The webpage 10 includes a login section 12 and an information section A user enters a username and a password in the login section 12 to login to the online dating website. The username can be an email id of the user or a username selected by the user. The information section 14 of the webpage 10 includes details regarding the user types, account types or the website.

In one embodiment of the present invention, the user can register as a selling user 16 or a buying user A selling user 16 is a user who would go on a first date with the buying user 18 if provided with an offer of compensation. The buying user 18 is a user who wants to go out with the selling user 16 and is willing to offer compensation to the selling user 16 for the opportunity of a first date with the selling user In one embodiment of the present invention, the selling user 16 may only communicate with the buying user 18 and vice-versa.

The selling user 16 and the buying user 18 may be a female seeking male, or a male seeking female, or a female seeking female, or a male seeking male. In another embodiment of the present invention, the selling user 16 and the buying user 18 may also be a couple consisting of two or more male users, two or more female users, or a male and female user. In another embodiment of the present invention, users register for an account without specifying if the account type is that for a selling user 16 or a buying user Instead, a user of the system may initiate an offer to any other user by specifying if the offer is an offer to buy a first date, or an offer to sell a first date.

If the user makes an offer to buy a first date, the user is assuming the role of the buying user 18 in this specific transaction, and hence is making an offer to compensate the other user in exchange for going out on a first date. If the user makes an offer to sell a first date, the user is assuming the role of the selling user 16 in this specific transaction, and hence is making an offer to go out on the first date with the other user in exchange for being compensated by the other user.

Upon registering into the online dating website, at least one account may be created by the buying user 18 and the selling user The at least one account may be used by the buying user 18 and the selling user 16 to create a profile The profile 24 includes personal information such as age, location, horoscope, marital status, education, occupation, personal description and ideal first date and a plurality of photographs The profile page 22 may include provision for contacting other users, communicating with other users and organizing the created profiles.

The selling user 16 and the buying user 18 may contact each other utilizing communication means 28 such as sending an email message 34, instant messaging or chat 36, or other methods of communication including, but not restricted to the following: The selling user 16 and the buying user 18 may negotiate an offer to go out on a date by sending an invitation to make an offer 30, or making an offer In an embodiment of the present invention, users are not allowed to communicate with each other directly using any communication means 28 until an offer has been made and accepted between them.

The profile 24 may be organized by clicking buttons such as add to favorites 38, and add notes The user can block other users from sending any invitation, new offers or emails utilizing the block button The user can report other users to the administrator of the website for any abuses by using the report The method adopted in the online dating system facilitates online dating between a selling user 16 and a buying user 18 utilizing the online dating website.

After creating an account in the online dating website, a registered user may initiate negotiation with another registered user to schedule a date. At step , the negotiation may be initiated. The negotiation can be initiated by a selling user 16 or a buying user At step , the selling user 16 may initiate the negotiation by requesting the buying user 18 to make an offer to go on a date with the selling user Thereafter, the buying user 18 may decline the invitation at step Alternatively, at step , the buying user 18 can make an offer to the selling user Thereafter, the selling user 16 can either reject the offer at step , respond with a counter offer at step or accept the offer at step If the selling user 16 rejects the offer at step , then the negotiation may be terminated.

Alternatively, if the selling user 16 accepts the offer at step , then at step communication between selling user 16 and buying user 18 may be enabled, so selling user 16 and buying user 18 can use any communication means 28 to schedule a date, time and place for dating.

Either selling user 16 and buying user 18 may provide a feedback about the other user after their date or after an offer has been made and accepted between them. On the other hand, if at step , the selling user 16 makes a counter offer to the buying user 18, then the buying user 18 can reject the offer at step , respond with a counter offer at step or accept the offer at step If the buying user 18 rejects the offer at step , then the negotiation is terminated.

Alternatively, if the buying user 18 accepts the offer at step , then at step communication between selling user 16 and buying user 18 may be enabled, so that selling user 16 and buying user 18 can use any communication means 28 to schedule a date, time and place for dating.

On the other hand, if the buying user 18 responds with a counter offer, then steps to may be repeated till an offer is accepted or rejected by any one of the selling user 16 and the buying user It shall be noted that a user who receives compensation is referred to as a selling user and a user who offers compensation is referred to as buying user for enabling easy understanding of the embodiments. Such users may also be referred to as first user and second user interchangeably.

In an embodiment, the number of times a selling user 16 or a buying user 18 can make a counter offer can be preconfigured by the online dating system. Additionally or alternatively, the time duration for responding to an offer can be configured by the online dating system or the users. In an embodiment, a selling user 16 or a buying user 18 may make a fixed price offer, whereby the price names by the user initiating the offer is fixed. Fixed price offers cannot be negotiated, and therefore the user receiving the offer can only accept or reject the offer.

In case of a fixed priced offer, no counter offer is permitted. In an embodiment, at step , the selling user 16 can initiate a negotiation by specifying the compensation desired to schedule a date with the buying user In another embodiment, at step , the buying user 18 can initiate a negotiation by requesting a selling user 16 to specify the compensation desired to schedule a date with the buying user. In another embodiment of the present invention, a user A who is initiating the offer may add additional terms to the offer by including with the offer a description of exactly what is expected, such as, where user A wants to go, what user A wants to do, what user B who is receiving the offer is expected to do on their date and any other specific conditions or expectations.

In doing so, user A will provide information about the terms of the offer which will allow user B to make a decision whether to accept the offer, reject the offer or counter the offer. In an embodiment, even the terms of the offer can be negotiated using the online dating system. In another embodiment, at step , or , the user rejecting an offer may provide a reason. The reason may be entered by the user, or the user may choose from a list of preconfigured reasons. The reason for rejection is then displayed to the other user.

The buying user 18 can view the details of any offer made or received in the offer management page As described in the flow chart of FIG. If the selling user 16 responds with the counter offer, the process goes back and forth until the buying user 18 either rejects the offer or accepts the offer. The offer management page for a selling user 16 would look and function in a similar manner as the offer management page 74 for the buying user The processes described above and illustrated in the drawings is shown as a sequence of steps, this was done solely for the sake of illustration.

The supply and demand of online daters, along with attraction, influence the price a buying user 18 may offer to a selling user 16, and at what price a selling user 16 may accept an offer from a buying user The present invention makes it possible for the buying user 18 to offer a higher price for the selling user 16 that the buying user 18 finds to be more attractive and feels to be in higher demand, while offering a lower price to go out with a different selling user 16 whom the buying user 18 finds to be less attractive and feels to be in lower demand.

The present invention allows the selling user 16 to accept a different price from different buying users 18, depending on how attracted the selling user 16 is to each buying user The price P of a product or service is determined by a balance between production at each price supply S and the desires of those with purchasing power at each price demand D as indicated in the demand and supply curve


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