WO2015060791A1 - System and method for highly geolocalized multimedia based facility, site, or event related promotion and/or social networking - Google Patents

System and method for highly geolocalized multimedia based facility, site, or event related promotion and/or social networking Download PDF

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WO2015060791A1
WO2015060791A1 PCT/SG2014/000506 SG2014000506W WO2015060791A1 WO 2015060791 A1 WO2015060791 A1 WO 2015060791A1 SG 2014000506 W SG2014000506 W SG 2014000506W WO 2015060791 A1 WO2015060791 A1 WO 2015060791A1
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A remote event management unit configured for communication with mobile devices (e.g., smart phones) can distribute multimedia content (e.g., text and/or images) for viewing by mobile device users within a highly geolocalized area (e.g., 100 - 500 meters) of at least one event, event space, or physical location. The event management system can enroll mobile device users within a highly geolocalized area in an anonymous, substantially anonymous, or pseudo-anonymous manner, such that an enrolled user can post or "blast" multimedia content (e.g., their own text / images, or comments directed to other enrolled users' blasted text / images), to a mobile device user interface corresponding to the highly geolocalized area in which the enrolled user's mobile device is located. Posted multimedia content remains searchable for a first period of time relevant to the duration of an event, and remains accessible for a second period of time following the event, after which posted multimedia content can be deleted.

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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGHLY GEOLOCALIZED
MULTIMEDIA BASED FACILITY, SITE, OR EVENT RELATED PROMOTION
AND/OR SOCIAL NETWORKING
Technical Field
Aspects of the present disclosure are directed to a system and method for highly geolocalized facility, site, or event promotion and/or social networking, in which mobile device users within a highly geolocalized range (e.g., 100 - 500 meters) of an event or physical location can access event or location related content for a limited period of time, and pseudo-anonymously enrolled users in any given highly geolocalized area can post or "blast" text and/or images directed to other user's mobile application user interfaces within their highly geolocalized area. Posted content remains searchable for a first limited time period, and can remain accessible for a second limited time period, and can afterwards be permanently deleted.
Background
The Internet has dramatically enhanced the manners in which individuals can access a very wide variety of information; and electronic social networking by way of social media has dramatically enhanced the manners in which individuals can interact and share information with each other. Unfortunately, no seamless, convenient, automatic way of providing individuals with information that is highly relevant to their particular geolocation at any given time exists. Additionally, no seamless, convenient, automatic way of facilitating electronic social interaction between individuals in a manner that is relevant or highly relevant to their particular geolocation at any given time exists, particularly with respect to facilitating interaction between individuals who may not know and have not previously contacted each other, and who may want to retain at least some measure of control over their identities during and after a given electronic social interaction period. A need exists to solve these problems. -
Summary
In accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure, a computer based content management process for highly geolocalized facility or event promotion and/or social networking by way of an information content repository and a plurality of portable devices which can receive infonnation therefrom includes: storing a set of information content structures in the information content repository, each information content structure having information content, geolocation information, and time and date information corresponding thereto determining for each of the set of information content structures a first time period during which the information content structure exists and past which the information content structure is expired based upon the time and date information corresponding thereto; permanently deleting from the information content repository each information content structure that has expired; receiving an information content repository query from each of the plurality of portable devices; deterrnining a geolocation of each of the plurality of portable devices; detenriining for each of the plurality of portable devices which information content structures have geolocation information falling within a predetermined maximum range (e.g., a programmable or selectable range, such as within 500 meters) relative to the portable device's geolocation; and selectively presenting on each of the plurality of portable devices information content obtained from information content structures having geolocation information falling within the predetermined maximum range of the portable device's geolocation, and avoiding presentation on each of the plurality of portable devices information content contained within information content structures having geolocation information falling outside of the predetermined maximum range of the portable device's location.
The information content corresponding to a subset of information content structures can include executable content comprising a set of program instructions executable on each of the plurality of portable devices, wherein the executable content can include a website, a game, or an animation associated with a particular situation, circumstance, event, or business that exists at a given time in a particular physical location.
The process can include deterrnining for each of the information content structures a second time period during which the information content structure remains queryable or searchable based upon the time and date information corresponding thereto; and avoiding presentation on each of the plurality of portable devices information content contained within information content structures that are not queryable or searchable. The process can also include presenting on each of each of the plurality of portable devices an amount of time remaining until information content presented thereon will no longer be presented.
The information content corresponding to each information content structure includes: (a) facility or event information content comprising promotional content, portions of an electronic brochure, flyer or survey, and/or a program instruction set executable on each of the plurality of portable devices, wherein the facility or event information content is respectively associated with a facility or event having a geolocation corresponding to the geolocation information of the information content structure; and/or (b) attendee information content comprising an image and/or text submitted by a registered user while at or within a limited geospatial range of the facility or event. Each information content structure (a) geospatially associates the information content of the information content structure with the geolocation of the facility or event, and (b) temporally associates the information content of the information content structure with a date and time at which registered users attended the facility or event. The set of information content structures can include a set of facility or event information content structures, wherein the information content of each of the set of facility or event information content structures comprises facility or event information content, respectively. The information content of some of facility or event information content structures can further include attendee content.
The process further includes receiving pseudonymous registration information from a subset of the plurality of portable devices, wherein the pseudonymous registration information received from each of the subset of the plurality of portable devices includes a pseudonym and/ or an image submitted by a portable device user present at the facility or event by which the portable device user becomes a registered user.
The set of information content structures can include a set of attendee information content structures, wherein the information content of each of the set of attendee information content structures includes attendee information content that is associated with the pseudonymous registration information of a particular registered user, and which is geospatially associated with the geolocation of the facility or event and temporally associated with a date and time during which the registered user attended the facility or event. The information content corresponding to at least some of the set of attendee information content structures includes a set of images including a set of images relevant to the facility or event submitted by a first registered user for whom the attendee information content structure was created. Such attendee information content structures can further include one or more comments, like indications, or feedback associated with at least a subset of the set of images, and which is associated with at least one other registered user at the facility or event.
The process can further include receiving by way of a portable device application graphical user interface (GUI) configured for presenting attendee information content of a first attendee information content structure corresponding to a first registered user a contact request to share contact information with a second registered user; and sharing contact information between the first registered user and the second registered user, wherein the shared contact information comprises an e-mail address and/or a social media identifier corresponding to the first registered user and/or the second registered user.
In accordance with a related aspect of the present disclosure, a system for highly geolocalized facility or event promotion and/or social networking includes: an information repository configured for storing information content structures, each information content structure having information content, geolocation information, and time and date information corresponding thereto; a plurality of portable devices, each of the plurality of portable devices comprising a processing unit, a display device, and a memory storing a set of program instructions, including a set of program instructions configured for providing a graphical user interface (GUI); a content management server comprising at least one processing unit and a memory storing program instructions executable by the at least one processing unit and configured for performing at least portions of the preceding content management process.
Various embodiments in accordance with the present disclosure are directed to a system and a process for selectively sharing multimedia content items (e.g., digital images, text, and possibly digital video) among portable / mobile device application users in a highly localized / hyperlocalized geographical area. The system / process supports (a) posting users, who can post multimedia content items to a server or information repository; and (b) receiving users. Any given receiving user can selectively receive or view a previously posted multimedia content item for which a search expiration time has not yet been reached, provided that the receiving user's geolocation (e.g., geospatial coordinates) fall within a predetermined geographical range or distance of a geolocation tag corresponding to the posted multimedia content item. Receiving users who do not also act as posting users need not register with the system, or be connected to the posting user who originally posted the multimedia content item by way of an electronic address book, any contact list (e.g., a social media contact list), or any other electronic / computing system.
A posting user, after completing a short registration process, uses a portable device application to post multimedia content items to a server system / information repository by way of a network connection (e.g., a wireless Internet connection). A server assigns a unique identifier to each posted multimedia item, which is stored in the information repository along with , a unique identifier of its posting user, a geolocation tag corresponding to the posting user's portable device, and a search expiration time (e.g., 6 hours or less from the time and date on which the server received the multimedia content item). As long as the search expiration time has not been reached, a tile or description of the multimedia item together with the corresponding posting user's unique identifier and other metadata becomes searchable to users within a local geographical area corresponding to the geolocation tag for the multimedia item (e.g., within a local geographical area of 100 - 500 meters, or 200 meters, of the geolocation tag), and the multimedia content item can be accessed by a receiving user by selection of the tile or description. A multimedia content item is returned or communicated to a receiving user only when the multimedia item is appropriately associated with the user's geographical area, and the search expiration time for the multimedia item has not yet been reached. Any given multimedia content item is available for sharing only for a short time period (e.g., a predetermined or selectable number of minutes, hours, or days). In a number of embodiments, multimedia content items are returned, ranked, or presented to a receiving user in response to a search request or information repository query in an order that fully or partially reflects the proximity of the receiving user's portable device to the geospatial tags of the multimedia content items.
Embodiments in accordance with various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to facilitating or enabling social discovery, networking, and information sharing between users at a facility or event corresponding to a particular geolocation, and possibly establishing or improving social cohesion among users within or attending the facility or event. Multimedia content items can include content provided by or on behalf of facility or event stakeholders, such as facility or event maps, speaker schedules, event itineraries, or product catalogues. Multimedia content items can also include executable content such as games, brochures, flyers, or surveys (e.g., which are geospatially and temporally appropriate or related to a facility or event under consideration).
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FIGs. 1A and IB are respective illustrations of a blast tile and a blast board tile according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.
FIGs. 2A, 2B, 2C, and 2D are respective illustrations of a blast / blast board search GUI, a blast board GUI, a blast GUI, and blast GUI detail information according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. FIGs. 3A, 3B, and 3C are respective illustrations of a likes GUI, a comments GUI, a blast tagging GUI according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.
FIG. 4A and 4B are respective illustrations of a contact GUI 90 and a contact swap mode GUI according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.
FIGs. 5A and 5B are respective illustrations of a "my boards" GUI 110 and a blast board creation GUI in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.
FIG. 6 A are respective illustrations of a blast creation GUI 130, a blast image manipulation GUI, a blast comment GUI, and a blast tile preview GUI in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.
FIG. 7 is a schematic illustration of a notifications / messages GUI according to an embodiment of the present disclosure,
FIGs. 8A and 8B are illustrations of a first and a second user registration GUI, respectively, according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.
FIG. 9 is an image of a representative blast presentation / display GUI 190 according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.
FIG. 10 is a schematic illustration of a representative flyers / brochures GUI 210 according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.
FIG. 11 is a schematic illustration of a representative social game according to an embodiment of the present disclosure . ■ .
FIG. 12 is a schematic illustration of a system for highly geolocalized multimedia-based facility, site, or event related promotion and/or social networking according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 13 illustrates portions of a system for highly geolocalized multimedia-based facility, site, or event related promotion and/or social networking according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.
FIG. 14 is an image of a representative arm-worn data, communication device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.
FIG. 15 is a block diagram of a representative mobile device in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.
FIG. 16 is a block diagram of a representative content management unit according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.
FIGs. 17 - 20 are flow diagrams of particular content management processes according an embodiment of the present disclosure.
FIG. 21 is a schematic illustration, of a set of representative organizer content creation / management GUIs according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.
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In the present disclosure, depiction of a given element or consideration or use of a particular element number in a particular FIG. or a reference thereto in corresponding descriptive material can encompass the same, an equivalent, or an analogous element or element number identified in another FIG. or descriptive material associated therewith. The use of "/" in a FIG. or associated text is understood to mean "and/or" unless otherwise indicated. The recitation of a particular numerical value or value range herein is understood to include or be a recitation of an approximate numerical value or value range (e.g., within +/- 20%, +/- 10%, +1-5%, +/- 2%, or +/- 1%).
As used herein, the term "set" corresponds to or is defined as a non-empty finite organization of elements that mathematically exhibits a cardinality of at least 1 (i.e., a set as defined herein can correspond to a unit, singlet, or single element set, or a multiple element set), in accordance with known mathematical definitions (for instance, in a manner corresponding to that described in An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning: Numbers, Sets, and Functions, "Chapter 1 1 : Properties of Finite Sets" (e.g., as indicated on p. 140), by Peter J. Eccles, Cambridge University Press (1998)). In general, an element of a set can include or be a system, an apparatus, a device, a structure, an object, a process, a physical parameter, or a value depending upon the type of set under consideration.
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Embodiments in accordance with the present disclosure are directed to architectures, systems, devices, processes, graphical user interfaces (GUIs), and program instruction sets for highly geolocalized or hyper- geolocalized information content transfer or exchange involving mobile or portable electronic or computing devices, and hence information content transfer or exchange involving mobile or portable electronic or computing device users. For purpose of simplicity and clarity, "information content" is generally referred to hereafter as "content." Mobile or portable electronic or computing devices in accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure can include, but are not limited to, mobile phones (e.g., smart phones), tablet computing devices, wearable computing devices (e.g., Google Glass, and/or wrist- worn information communication devices), or other types of electronic / computing devices (e.g., in-vehicle computers), and are referred to hereafter as "mobile devices" for purpose of simplicity and clarity. Depending upon embodiment details, the transfer of content to and/or receipt of content from electronic or computing devices such as mobile devices can be managed or facilitated by way of communication with (a) one or more remote servers (e.g., involving the Internet), and/or (b) a local electronic or computing device that can wirelessly communicate with other electronic or computing devices (e.g., mobile devices) within a highly geolocalized region under consideration, and typically which can communicate with the remote server(s) by way of the Internet, as further detailed below.
Content in various embodiments includes text and/or images, but can also include audio content and/or video content depending upon embodiment details. In other words, content in various embodiments includes of is multimedia content. In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, one or more types of electronic or computing devices, such as desktop, laptop, or tablet computers, mobile devices, and possibly other devices such as digital cameras, can selectively, or selectably communicate, send, or post or "blast" content to a content repository (e.g., at least one database or database cluster, hereafter simply "database" for purpose of simplicity and clarity); and mobile devices can search and view such "blasted" content based upon (a) the date and time at which blasted content was posted in the database, and (b) mobile device geolocation, as further detailed below. Electronic or computing devices can post content items or files to the database by way of one or more program instruction sets which are stored in a memory and are executable by a processing unit, and which are typically configured as an executable application / application program or a portion thereof that provide a set of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) that facilitates user registration; content creation, selection, and/or organization; and content posting. Similarly or analogously, mobile devices can query and receive/retrieve database content items and perform various other types of content-related operations or functions (e.g., generate "likes" or comments directed to particular content items) by way of one or more program instruction sets which are stored in a memory and are executable by a processing unit, and which are typically configured as an executable application / application program or a portion thereof that provide a set of GUIs that facilitates such operations. In various embodiments, content posting to the database can occur by way of a web browser or a downloadable mobile device application; and database content queries, receipt / retrieval, presentation, and other content related operations or functions can occur by way of a downloadable mobile device application. In some embodiments, content posting, querying, receipt / retrieval, presentation / display, and/or other content related functionality can be integrated with or built into a common application / application program such as a web browser.
Typically, an electronic or computing device (e.g., a mobile device) provides a GUI by which the electronic or computing device user (e.g., correspondingly, a mobile device user) can perform a user registration procedure, such as a pseudo-anonymous enrollment or authorization procedure by which the user provides registration information including a user name or pseudonym and/or a user image. In embodiments that support pseudonymous registration, the user name can be any user selected or user provided name, and the user image can be any user captured, user selected, or user provided image.
"Blasts "
A registered electronic or computing device user can post content to the database by way of a GUI, where such posted content exists in the form of a "blast." More particularly, from a database storage perspective, a set of content items that is or has been posted to the database by a given registered electronic or computing device user (e.g., a mobile device user) at a specific date and time from a specific geolocation, and which has associated therewith (a) a limited time period during which it can be searched / queried relative to its posting / posted geolocation, and (b) a limited time span during which it exists, is referred to herein as a "blast." A blast can include one or more types of content items; for instance, a blast can include one or more digital files corresponding to text; a digital picture or image file; a graphical character (e.g., a cartoon character); an animation; audio; video; or any combination thereof, depending upon embodiment details.
In the database, each blast exists or is stored in a data structure, which can be referred to as a blast structure or blast object, whiph contains a set of content items (e.g., an image and/or text) and which also contains and/or is digitally associated, linked, labeled, or tagged with at least:
(a) a set of IDs, such as the registered user ID corresponding to a user name or pseudonym and/or the user registration image of the registered user who created and posted the blast;
(b) a date and time (e.g., date / time stamp) at which the blast was received or posted; and
(c) the geolocation of the electronic or computing device from which the blast was received on the date and time the content was received.
The geolocation of an electronic or computing device (e.g., a mobile device) is identified or defined by a particular set of geospatial coordinates (e.g., specific Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) coordinates), in a manner readily understood by one having ordinary skill in the relevant art.
A blast stored in the database can also be digitally associated, linked, labeled, or tagged with one or more of: a predetermined, selectable, or programmable time, interval, or period during which the blast remains queryable or searchable, for instance, a predetermined number of minutes or hours, such as 30 minutes, or 2 - 8 hours, or 4 - 6 hours, from the time at which the blast was received, past which the blast is designated as non-queryable / non-searchable;
a predetermined, selectable, or programmable time, interval, or period during which the blast remains "followable" or retrievable / accessible / viewable by other registered users, for instance, a predetermined number of minutes or hours (e.g., 30 minutes, or 2 - 8 hours, or 4 - 6 hours) from the blast posting date / time (e.g., no longer than the duration within which the blast remains queryable / searchable);
a predetermined, selectable, or programmable time, interval, or period during which blast content download requests (e.g., download permission requests) from other registered users (e.g., who have followed a blast) can be received and responded to by the blast creator, for instance, a given number of days (e.g., 7 days) from the blast's posting date / time;
(g) a predetermined, selectable, or programmable time, interval, or period during which contact requests (e.g., involving the communication of e-mail addresses, social media IDs, or telephone numbers) from other registered users (e.g., who have followed a blast) can be received and responded to by the blast creator, for instance, a specified number of days (e.g.,. 1 day, or up to 7 days) after the blast's posting date / time;
(h) a ratings count or history, such as a number of "likes" received from other registered users who have viewed the blast;
(i) comments or remarks (e.g., text) from other registered users directed to the blast;
(j) one or more visual labels or tags specifying registered user IDs (e.g., a visual tag specifying a registered user ID, which is linked to a face in an image that forms portions of blast content); and
(k) a predetermined, selectable, or programmable time, interval, or period past which the blast is designated as expired or deletable, after which the blast, along with any associated download requests, contact requests, ratings count, and/or comments, can be deleted (e.g., permanently deleted).
In various embodiments, one or more portions of a blast can be visually presented on an electronic or computing device display such as a mobile device display screen (e.g., a smart phone touch screen display) by way of a visual or graphical "blast tile" presented by one or more GUIs, such that portions of the blast are made available for user viewing, selection, liking, following, tagging, and/or commenting. FIG. 1A is a schematic illustration of a representative blast tile 10 which is presentable on a mobile device display screen according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. The blast tile 10 includes a visual or graphical display area containing user registration image 12 corresponding to the registered user who created or posted the blast; a user registration name / ID 14 corresponding to the blast creator; a set of blast content items 16, such as an image and/or .text corresponding to the blast; and a blast search expiration time indicator 18 designating an amount of time the blast remains searchable, selectable, or followable by others, after which the blast will no longer be searchable, selectable, or followable (although the blast still exists until its corresponding blast expiration time).
From a user interface perspective, or the perspective of a mobile device user viewing one or more blast tiles 10 on their mobile device display, a blast tile 10 itself can be referred to as a blast, because each blast tile 10 provides a visual representation of at least portions of the contents of a given blast structure stored in the database.
"Blast Boards "
In various embodiments, by way of a GUI, an electronic or computing device user can additionally create a "blast board," to which blasts that are, or which are expected to be, contextually related (e.g., related to or posted at a particular event occurring in a particular geolocational area / at a particular facility on a particular date and time) can be posted by registered users. Additionally or alternatively, a blast board can have executable content associated therewith, such as a small website, a game, or an animation, as further detailed below.
From a database storage perspective, a blast board can be defined as a logical container that is digitally associated or linked with a given registered user (e.g., by way of their registered user ID and registered user image) in the database, into which blasts can be posted by themselves and/or other registered users, where the blast board has specific geolocation information associated therewith, and has a limited life span relative to its digital existence (e.g., in view of a blast board expiration or deletion time).
In the database, each blast board exists or is stored in a data structure that can be referred to as a blast board structure or blast board object, which is digitally associated, linked, labeled, or tagged with some or all of the following:
(a) a set of IDs, such as a registered user ID corresponding to a user name or pseudonym and/or a registered user image corresponding to the registered user who created blast board;
(b) a blast board title;
(c) a blast board description;
(d) a date and time (e.g., date / time stamp) at which the blast board was "created, or at which the blast board is to be made accessible or published at an event;
(e) the geolocation of the electronic or computing device from which the blast board was created, or the geolocation of a facility or event with which the blast board is associated;
(f) each blast posted to the blast board;
(g) any executable content associated with the blast board; and
(h) a predetermined, selectable, or programmable time, interval, or period during which the blast board exists (e.g., 2 - 8 hours, or 4 - 6 hours, after blast board creation or the start time of an event), and during which blasts can be posted to the blast board, after which the blast board expires or is deleted, yet after which blasts posted to the blast board and which have been followed by registered uses continue to exist until their blast expiration times (e.g., 7 days from the date and time at which a blast was posted) have been reached.
In various embodiments, one or more portions of a blast board can be visually presented on an electronic or computing device display such as a mobile device display screen (e.g., a smart phone touch screen display) by way of one or more types of "blast board tiles" presented by one or more GUIs, such that portions of the blast board are made available for viewing and user selection(s).
FIG. IB is an image showing a representative type of blast board tile 20 which is presentable on a mobile device display screen in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. This blast board tile 20 includes a blast board image 22, a blast board title 24, a blast board description 26, and a blast board expiration time indicator 28 designating an amount of time that the blast board and the blast tiles 10 associated therewith remain searchable or selectable and during which additional blasts can be posted to the blast board 20. As indicated in FIG. IB, this blast board tile 20 has four blast tiles lOa-d associated therewith, indicating that at least four blasts have been posted to this blast board. Such a blast board tile 20 can have additional blast tiles 10 associated therewith, and the blast board tile 20 can be vertically and/or horizontally scrollable in a manner understood by one having ordinary skill in the relevant art, such that all blasts associated with the blast board can be presented on a display device on which the blast board tile 20 is shown.
From a user interface perspective, or the perspective of a mobile device user viewing one or more blast board tiles 20 on their mobile device display, a blast board tile 20 itself can be referred to as a blast board, because a blast board tile 20 can provide a visual representation of at least portions of the contents of a given blast board structure stored in the database.
Since blasts can be posted to a given blast board at different times, each blast tile lOa-d has its own blast, search expiration time associated therewith, as indicated by each individual blast tile's blast time remaining indicator 18a-d. A given blast search expiration time indicator 18 thus provides as a visual countdown that notifies those viewing its blast tile 10 when the blast will o longer be searchable or followable. Once a given blast's search expiration time has been reached, the corresponding blast tile 10 is no longer presented in response to blast and/or blast board queries, and hence its blast tile 10 would no longer be displayed. Thus, the blast disappears from the perspective of those users who have not followed the blast.
In a manner generally analogous to that for blasts, a blast board expiration time indicator 28 provides a visual countdown that notifies those viewing the blast board tile 20 when the blast board will no longer exist. Once a blast board's expiration time has been reached as indicated by the blast board tile's blast board expiration time indicator 28, the blast board itself is deleted and the blast board tile 20 would thus no longer be displayed in response to queries. Blasts associated with an expired blast board are no longer searchable or followable, although those blasts that have been followed by other registered users prior to the blast board's expiration continue to exist and can be accessed for a predetermined period of time (e.g., 7 days) after their respective blast creation times.
Responses to Blasts
As indicated above, a set of GUIs enables registered users to post blasts to the database and create blast boards, and receive / retrieve content and display content that has been posted to the database. In several embodiments, a set of GUIs enables a registered mobile device user who is viewing a currently displayed blast to generate one or more types of user input relating or directed to the currently displayed blast. For instance, by way of user input received by a GUI, a registered user can accomplish at least some of the following:
(a) rate or "like" blast content presented to them by their mobile device;
(b) generate a comment (e.g., text) directed to the currently displayed blast;
(c) visually label Or tag a portion of an image within a blast, such as with their own registered user ID; -
(d) associate or link their own registered user ID with the currently displayed blast in the database, such that this blast can be "followed" by the registered user viewing the blast, that is, received / retrieved and viewed again by this registered user, for a limited period of time (e.g., 1— 10 days, such as 5 days, or 7 days) from the date and time at which the currently displayed blast was posted to the database;
(e) issue a content download request to the creator of the currently displayed blast, which can involve the transfer of a download permission request or message to a message repository and/or the mobile device corresponding to the blast creator, such that the registered user viewing the currently displayed blast can obtain permission to download currently displayed blast content; and
(f) issue a contact request to the creator of the currently displayed blast, which can involve the transfer of a contact request or contact information corresponding to the registered user viewing the currently displayed blast to a message repository and/or the mobile device of the blast creator, where such contact information can include an e-mail address, a social media ID, and/or a telephone number.
(g) upload the contents of the blast to share on other public social media.
(h) report a blast as inappropriate and to recommend that it should cease to be searchable in the immediate vicinity (in which case a moderator system can delete the blast, and/or in some embodiments, delete a problematic user's account in the event that the user has been reported more than a predetermined number times, such as more than 3 inappropriate blast reports).
Additionally, by way of a GUI, in various embodiments a registered user or a non-registered user can purchase and download particular types of content.
Aspects of Blast / Blast Board Searches and Representative Blast I Blast Board Related GUIs
While at a facility or event (and/or in very near proximity thereto), mobile devices can query or search the database for blasts and/or blast boards, and can receive / retrieve and display content items corresponding to blasts and/or blast boards based upon (a) the specific geospatial locations of the mobile devices, and (b) the times at which posted blasts and blast boards had been stored in the database, or blast / blast board search expiration times, relative to the time of any given database query. More particularly, a database content query includes current geolocation information (e.g., GPS coordinates) and a current time corresponding to a mobile device from which the query originated. In response to a database content query, a mobile device can receive / retrieve and display blast and blast board content that exists within the database for which (i) their mobile device geolocation or geospatial coordinate set falls within a predetermined or selectable distance (e.g., 100 - 500 meters) from the geolocation tags corresponding to blasts and blast boards, and (ii) the time at which the database content query was initiated occurs prior to the search expiration times of blasts and blast boards, for instance, as indicated by blast search expiration time tags and blast board expiration time tags in the database. Thus, only those mobile devices within a highly geolocalized or hyper-geolocalized area relative to a geospatial posting location corresponding to the geolocation tags of blasts and/or blast boards in the database can receive / retrieve and display blast and/or blast board content associated with this highly geolocalized area, provided that a search expiration time of any such blasts in the database has not yet been reached, and a blast board expiration time of any such blast boards in the database has not yet been reached.
The database can contain isolated blasts that are not associated with any blast board; and/or blasts that have been posted to and are linked with particular blast boards. An isolated blast can be queryable / searchable relative to the isolated blast's geolocation tag for a time period such as 30 minutes relative to the time at which the blast was posted, until its corresponding blast search expiration date and time has been reached; whereas a blast board can be queryable / searchable relative to the blast board's geolocation tag for another time period such as 2 hours or longer relative to the time at which the blast board was created or the blast board was indicated as accessible or was published at a facility or event, up until the date and time at which the blast board expires (and is deleted). In several embodiments, an amount of time a blast board exists can correspond to a default time such as 2 hours for a free blast board, or a longer time period such as 4 - 8 hours or longer for a purchased or sponsored blast board.
In various embodiments, a set of GUIs enables any given mobile device user (whether registered or not) to receive / retrieve and display blasts and blast boards that have been posted to the database. That is, any mobile device user can query or search the database and receive / retrieve blasts and/or blast boards that provide information about a facility, event, or one or more situations that are occurring or have recently or very recently occurred relative to their immediate surroundings, as defined by their mobile device geospatial coordinates.
FIG. 2A is a schematic illustration of a representative blast / blast board search GUI 30 by which a mobile device user can query or search the database for blasts and/or blast boards that (a) have not reached their respective blast search expiration times and blast board expiration times, and which (b) have geospatial tags that fall within a predetermined, selectable or programmable distance (e.g., 100 - 500 meters) of the geospatial coordinates of a mobile device 300 corresponding to the mobile device user. In an embodiment, the blast / blast board search GUI 30 presents a title, label, or heading 32 that indicates an "explore" mode; a first user selectable search icon or button 34 by which the mobile device user can search for all blasts around them; a second user selectable search icon or button 36 by which the mobile device user can search for the most popular blasts around them (e.g., blasts that have received the most likes from registered users); and possibly one or more user selectable blast board tiles 20 corresponding to blast boards having geolocation tags that fall within the geolocational constraints of the database query (e.g., 100 - 500 meters of the querying mobile device's geospatial coordinates). The first button 34 can be referred to as an "Around You" button 34, and the second button 36 can be referred to as a "Popular" button.
In response to user selection of the "Around You" button 34, the mobile device 300 presents the user with a listing (e.g., a scrollable listing) of user selectable blast tiles 10 on the mobile device display, for each searchable / followable blast having a geolocation tag that falls within a specific distance (e.g., 100 - 500 meters) of the mobile device geolocation. Similarly, in response to user selection of the "Popular" button 36, the mobile device 300 presents the user with a listing (e.g., a scrollable listing) of user selectable blast tiles 10 on the mobile device display, corresponding to a predetermined, selectable, or programmable number of top-rated (e.g., 10, 25, 50, or 100 top rated) searchable / followable blasts having geolocation tags that fall within this specific distance of the mobile device geolocation.
In response to user selection of a given blast board tile 20a-b, the mobile device 20 presents a GUI by which the selected blast board tile 20 and any blast tiles 10 associated therewith are viewable on the mobile device display. For instance, in response to user selection of a first blast board tile 20a shown in FIG. 2A, tire mobile device 300 presents a blast board GUI 40 that displays the selected blast board tile 20a and three blast tiles lOa-c associated therewith in a representative manner indicated in FIG. 2B, which is analogous to that described above in relation to for FIG. IB. In response to user selection of a given blast tile 10a displayed beneath a blast board tile 20a in the boast board GUI 40, the mobile device 20 presents a GUI by which blast content corresponding to the selected blast tile 10a is presented to the user, for instance, in a manner indicated in FIG, 2C.
FIG. 2C is a schematic illustration of a representative blast GUI 50 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure, which displays a blast" GUI heading 52, the registered user name / ID 14a corresponding to the selected blast tile 10a, the registered user image 12a corresponding to the selected blast tile 10a, blast content 16a, such as an image, corresponding to the selected blast tile 10a, and a blast search expiration time indicator 18a corresponding to the selected blast tile 10a. The blast GUI 50 additionally presents blast board return tile or button 21a by which the user can return to the blast board tile 20a with which the selected blast 10a is associated; and a user selectable "like" icon or button 56. In response to user selection of the like button 54, a registration check is performed. If the mobile device user is not registered, selection of the like button 54 results in transfer of control to a registration GUI, as further detailed below.
In response to a registered user selecting the like button 54, the blast GUI 50 presents the registered user with particular types of detail information related to the underlying blast, such as a current likes count or tally 56 and a current comments count or tally 58, as indicated in FIG. 2D. In various embodiments, when a given registered user has liked a blast, the blast creator is notified; and/or when a given registered user comments on a blast, the blast creator is notified. In response to registered user selection of the likes count or tally 56, or by swiping across the likes count / tally 56, the mobile device 300 presents the registered user with additional information corresponding to the blast's likes. Similarly, in response to registered user selection of the comments count / tally 58, or by swiping across the comments count / tally 58, the mobile device 300 presents the registered user with additional information corresponding to the blast's comments.
More particularly, FIG. 3 A is a schematic illustration of a representative likes GUI 60 according to a embodiment of the present disclosure, which is presented by the mobile device 300 in response to user selection of or swiping across the likes count / tally 56. The likes GUI 60 includes a likes title or heading 62, and presents a likes list that includes the registered user ID 12 and registered user image 14 of each registered user that has liked the blast under consideration. In an analogous manner, FIG. 3B is a schematic illustration of a representative comments GUT 70 according to an embodiment of the present disclosure, which is presented by the mobile device 300 in response to user selection of or swiping across the comments count / tally 58. The comments GUI 70 includes a comments title or heading 72, and presents a comments list that includes the registered user ID 12 and registered user image 14 of each registered user that has commented on the blast under consideration, along with at least a portion of each such user's comments 74 directed to the blast. Selection of any given partial comment or an icon corresponding thereto results in the presentation of the complete comment on the mobile device display screen, in a manner readily understood by one having ordinary skill in the relevant art.
In the blast GUI 60 of FIG. 2C, in response to registered user selection of a blast image, the mobile device 300 presents the registered user with a tagging GUI 80 by which the registered user can tag the blast image with their own registered user name / ID. FIG. 3C is a schematic illustration of a representative blast tagging GUI in accordance with an embodiment, of the present disclosure, by which a registered user is presented with a blast image, and by which the registered user can see the registered user name(s) / ID(s) 14k of any other registered users who are tagged in the image, and can tag the image with their own registered user name / ID 14. Such tagging can be facilitated by way of one or more graphical rectangles 82 that automatically align relative to faces or expected faces (e.g., faces which have not already been tagged) in images, in a manner readily understood by one having ordinary skill in the relevant art. The tagging GUI 80 can additionally include a user selectable button or icon 84 that enables the registered user to untag themselves in a blast image.
In the blast GUI 60 of FIG. 2C, in response to registered user selection of a blast creator's registered user image 12 or registered user name / ID 14, the mobile device 300 presents the registered user with a GUI that presents blast creator profile information and blast creator contact options. For instance, FIG. 4A is a schematic illustration of a representative contact GUI 90 by which a registered user can view a blast creator's profile, and can selectively communicate or exchange contact information therewith. The contact GUI 90 can present a profile title or heading 92, the blast creator's registered image 12, registered user name / ED 14, and blast search expiration time 18; a swap contacts button or icon 94; one or more contact swap status notifications 96, 98; and a list of blast tiles lOa-b corresponding to the blasts that this blast creator has been tagged in, and/or all still- searchable blasts that this blast creator has posted.
In response to registered user selection of the swap contacts button 94, the mobile device 300 presents the registered user with a contact swap mode selection GUI 100 as indicated in representative form in FIG. 4B, by which the registered user can specify one or more manners of communicating or exchanging contact information with the blast creator. The contact swap mode selection GUI 100 can include user selectable buttons or icons 102, 104 corresponding to communicating contact information or sending contact requests to the blast creator by way of social media IDs, such as Facebook and/or Linkedin IDs; and/or one or more user selectable buttons or icons 106, 108 corresponding to communicating contact information or sending contact requests to the blast creator involving telephone numbers or e-mails, respectively.
In association with registered user interaction with the contact GUI 90 and/or the contact swap mode selection GUI 100, a contact information check and/or a registration check can be performed to ensure that the registered user seeking to connect with or exchange contact information with the blast creator has provided their own appropriate type(s) of contact information, such as their own social media ID(s), telephone number, and/or e-mail address that can be communicated to the blast creator. If not, the registered user can be (re)directed to one or more contact information request GUIS and/or registration GUIs such that a contact information request or a contact information swap can proceed.
In a number of embodiments, in response to user input (e.g., directed to a lower button or icon on a blast / blast board search GUI 30 such as that shown in FIG. 2A), a registered user can also be directed to a GUI that lists unexpired blast boards created or posted by the registered user, and/or which provides a way for the registered user to create a new blast board. For instance, FIG. 5A is a schematic illustration of a "my boards" GUI 110 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. In an embodiment, the my boards GUI 110 can provide a my boards title or heading; a list of blast board tiles 20a-b corresponding to blast boards created by the registered user; and a create new board button or icon 104. In response to user selection of the create new board button 104, the registered user's mobile device 300 presents a GUI by which a blast board can be created.
FIG. 5B is a schematic illustration of a representative blast board creation GUI 120 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. In an embodiment, the blast board creation GUI 120 provides a user interface by which the registered user can select or specify a blast board image 22; a blast board title 24; and a blast board description 26. The blast board creation GUI 120 additionally provides a done button or icon 122, which in response to user selection thereof causes the image, title, and description, along with a date / time stamp and a geolocation tag (e.g., as indicated by the geospatial coordinates of the mobile device 300) to be stored in a corresponding blast board structure or object within the database, thus creating the blast board.
In various embodiments, in response to user input (e.g., directed to a lower button or icon and on a blast / blast board search GUI 30 such as that shown in FIG. 2A), a registered user can also be directed to a GUI or a set of GUIs that provides for the creation of a new blast. For instance, FIG. 6 A is a schematic illustration of a blast creation GUI 130 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. In an embodiment, the blast creation GUI 130 includes a blast title or heading 132; a select blast board button 134 by which the registered user can select a blast board to which the blast is to be posted, if any; a take picture button 136 that facilitates user capture of a picture that will be used as blast content; and a select picture button 138 that facilitates user selection (e.g., from within the mobile device's memory) of an image or picture that will be used as blast content.
FIG. 6B is a schematic illustration of a blast image manipulation GUI 140 that operates in association with or forms a portion of the blast creation GUI 130 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure, which enables registered user manipulation of an image 142 captured or selected for blast content, for instance, by way of pinch and zoom manipulation and/or one or more buttons or icons such as an image rotation button 144. Once the registered user has completed image capture or selection and any image manipulation, the user can indicate such by way of a done button 146. FIG. 6C is a schematic illustration of a blast comment GUI 160 that operates in association with or forms a portion of the blast creation GUI 130 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure, which enables the registered user to optionally enter one or more comments directed to the image as part of blast, content. Such comments can be entered by way of one or more comment boxes 152, which can facilitate user entry of a user draggable / positionable comment 154, and/or user entry of one or more other types of comments (e.g., a comment at / along the top, bottom, and/or side of the image 142). Completion of user commenting can be indicated by way of user selection of a done button 156 within the blast comment GUI 160.
After any comment(s) have been generated to accompany the blast image 142, the blast image 142 and its comment(s) 154 are converted into a blast tile .10. FIG. 6D is a blast tile preview GUI 160 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure, by which a blast tile 10 corresponding to a blast created by a registered user is presented for user review. The blast tile preview GUI 160 can provide a blast board selection button or icon 134 that facilitates user selection of a blast board to which the blast is to be posted, if desired. Once the user is ready to post a blast, the user can select a done button 166 within the blast tile preview GUI 160, in response to which the user captured or selected image, any user provided comment(s), a date / time stamp, and the geolocation of the mobile device 300 are submitted to the database and stored as a blast in a blast structure or blast object.
In various embodiments, the creator of a blast is issued as notification or message each time another registered user has (a) communicated contact information or issued a contact request to the blast creator; (b) commented on the blast creator's blast; (c) tagged themselves in the blast creator's blast; or (d) followed the blast creator's blast. The blast creator can receive / retrieve such notifications or messages by way of a GUI. For instance, FIG. 7 is a schematic illustration of a notifications / messages GUI 170 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure, by which a registered user who has created one or more blasts receives such types of notifications / messages. Notifications or messages that have yet to be read or acknowledged can be marked with a visual identifier, such as a dot 172. As indicated above, a set of GUIs provides for a user registration procedure. FIG. 8A is a schematic illustration of a representative first user registration GUI 180 by which a user can provide a user image 12 and enter a user name or pseudonym 14, thereby becoming a registered user. If the registered user desires, they can enter additional registration details that enable communication, sharing, or swapping of one or more types of contact information with other registered users. For instance, FIG. 8B is a schematic illustration of a second registration GUI 185 that includes first through fourth buttons 182-188 by which the registered user can enter a phone number, an e-mail address, a Facebook ED, and/or a Linkedin ED.
Blasts Selectively Link Registered Users in User Selectable Manners
As previously indicated, a registered user can follow a blast. In various embodiments, after the registered user has followed the blast, this user can perform additional / other operations, such as accessing complete / full blast contents, accessing other blast followers' profiles, issuing a contact request / swapping contact information with the blast creator, text chatting with other followers and/or the blast creator (where such chat can occur on / overlaid upon the blast itself), and (re)accessing blast content items beyond the blast's search expiration time, until the blast's expiration / deletion time.
FIG. 9 is an image of a representative blast presentation / display GUI 190 that includes a blast tile lOd and a "follow" input box 192 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. In an embodiment, once a registered user selects or taps the "follow" input box 192, blast following related operations / functions become available / accessible / performable.
Each follow request corresponding to a blast is stored, associated, Or linked with the blast by way of a blast structure or object in the database. As a result, once a registered user has followed a blast, the registered user is logically linked with the creator of the blast for a limited period of time, in that until the followed blast expires (i.e., until the blast expiration / deletion date and time), (a) the contents of a followed blast can be accessed by the registered user; (b) contact requests or contact information swaps can be communicated to the blast creator; and (c) content download permission requests can be sent to the blast creator by way of a GUI (not shown), in response to which, once content download permission has been granted, the requesting registered user can download blast content (e.g., a blast image). Once a blast has been followed, each of the foregoing operations can occur regardless of the geolocation of the registered User who has followed the blast, up until the time the blast expires and correspondingly has been deleted. After the blast has expired, any registered users who have followed the blast are no longer linked with the blast creator in the database, as the blast structure or blast object corresponding to, representing, or defining a blast is deleted from the database once the blast expiration date / time is reached.
Additional / Other Representative Functions Provided by GUIs
As indicated above, non-registered electronic or computing device users (e.g., mobile device users) can query / search the database for blasts that remain searchable relative to their search expiration time and blast boards that have not expired, in view of the geospatial coordinates from which a database query is issued. Non-registered users can also receive / retrieve flyers or brochures detailing current or future events associated with or generally associated with their geolocation. For instance, with reference again to FIG. 2 A, the blast / blast board search GUI 30 can also include various other user selectable buttons or icons, includihg as a flyers/ brochures tab, button, or icon 200. In response to user selection of the flyers / brochures tab 200, the mobile device 300 presents the user with an additional GUI which presents electronic flyers and/or brochures corresponding to current and/or future events corresponding or generally associated with the querying mobile device's geolocation, or of expected potential interest based upon the querying mobile device geolocation (e.g., corresponding to the mobile device user's attendance at a given facility or event).
FIG. 10 is a schematic illustration of a representative flyers / brochures GUI 210 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure, which includes a location label or designation 212, and which presents representative flyers / brochures 220a-c to on the mobile device's display. In response to user selection of a given flyer / brochure 220a-c, the flyer / brochure can be opened and presented / viewed in greater detail, where such detail includes full details (e.g., date, time, and venue) relating to an in-progress or upcoming event.
General Nature of Database Content
Content posted to the database can include blasts, blast boards, flyers / brochures / promotional materials, surveys, and or other information. Content can originate or be generated from a wide or very wide variety of sources, devices, and/or individuals, depending upon the nature of any given geospatial or geolocalized area under consideration, the type(s) of situations or circumstances that exist within the geolocalized area at any given time, the type(s) of content that can be related to or captured within the geolocalized area, and/or the number of individuals in and/or around the geolocalized area. In general, content corresponds to or is expected to correspond to each of (a) a situation or circumstance in which and/or an event,' facility, or venue at which individuals gather or visit, are likely/expected to gather or visit, or are invited to gather or visit; (b) a limited geospatial area within which the situation or circumstance occurs; and (c) a given time or time period during which the situation or circumstance occurs. As representative nonlimiting examples, a situation or circumstance at which content can be generated and posted to the database can relate or correspond to an occurrence or event at a particular physical location, site, facility, or venue, such as a trade show or exhibition held at a convention center; a promotional event at a nightclub; or visitations to a physical area, space, or facility such as a shopping mall, a museum, botanical garden, or an amusement park, on a particular date and during a particular time period or interval.
In general, content will or is expected to be relevant to, relate to, or reflect one or more aspects of a situation, circumstance, event, facility, and/or venue within the geospatial area from which the content was posted, relative to the time period within which the content was generated, captured, posted, and/or remains searchable. Content posted to the database commonly falls within particular predetermined categories, including:
(a) content posted by facility managers, event organizers, hosts, or promoters, creative agencies / entities or personnel associated therewith, employees or contractors associated with facility managers or event organizers, and/or other facility / event stakeholders, (e.g., who have a business or financial interest relating to or in a facility / event); and
(b) content posted by facility / event attendees (e.g., members of the public), who do not have (or do not primarily have) a business or financial interest relating to or in the facility / event.
For purpose of simplicity and clarity, content posted to the database by facility managers / event organizers, hosts, or promoters / creative agencies / others having a business interest in a facility / event is referred to hereafter as "organizer content"; and content posted to the database by general attendees at a facility / event, or facility / event attendees who are not facility managers / event organizers, promoters, or hosts / creative agencies / others with a business or financial interest in the facility / event, is referred to as "attendee content." Organizer content and attendee content can be stored in separate databases. ~
Thus, facility managers / event organizers, hosts, or promoters / creative agencies / others having a business or financial interest in a facility or event can post organizer content corresponding to a facility and/or event to the database, where such content can be geospatially tagged and temporally tagged. Facility or event attendees can access such organizer content for a limited period of time based upon their geospatial location. Organizer content posted to the database can correspond to or include facility / event descriptions, brochures, or flyers; promotions / special offers / discounts (e.g., time sensitive or time limited sale prices); and/or other types of information. In multiple embodiments, organizer content can also include one or more types of executable program instruction sets or applications, hereafter referred to as "executable content," which is distinguishable or distinct from content that is not directly executable (e.g., text, images, audio, and/or video content, which is presentable or displayable, but is not in itself directly executable). Executable content can include small websites, games, animations, and/or other types of executable material, which can be general in nature, or which can be associated with, tailored to, or customized for a particular situation, circumstance, event, or business that exists at a given time in a particular physical location. Executable content can be stored in or submitted to an executable content database, which is distinguishable or distinct from a non-executable content database.
While various types of organizer content is free, one or more types of organizer content can be purchased. For instance, certain facility / event related executable content, such as facility / event specific graphical characters or animations, can be identified as purchasable content, which can be purchased and downloaded to an attendee's mobile device as further detailed below.
Facility or event attendees can post attendee content to the database. In general, attendee content includes blasts and blast boards, which are directed to attendee experiences at the facility or event and/or one or more situations or circumstances that occurred at the facility or event. Attendee content can include images captured or pictures taken at the facility / event at particular times, and/or attendee comments relating to the image 7 picture or facility / event. As indicated above, facility or event attendees can (a) access attendee content, and if they are enrolled, comment on such content, for a limited period of time based upon their geospatial location relative to a content searchability period (e.g., a blast search expiration date / time, and/or a blast board expiration date / time); (b) follow attendee content (e.g., follow one or more blasts) for a limited period of time relative to a content following period (e.g., a given number of days from the date and time a blast was posted); (c) issue content download requests corresponding to followed content, for a limited period of time relative to a content download request period (e.g., a given number of days from the date and time a blast was posted); and (d) issue contact requests directed to the enrolled user who posted particular attendee content that has been followed, for a limited period of time relative to a contact request period (e.g., a given number of days from the date and time a blast was posted).
Additionally, facility / event attendees can generate comments (e.g., textual comments) corresponding to attendee content. Any given attendee content item (e.g., a picture) can be commented upon multiple times, and attendee comments can further be commented upon, such that sequences or chains of comments are associated with the attendee content in the database.
As indicated above, in various embodiments, facility / event attendees need not undergo or complete an enrollment procedure by way of their mobile devices prior to searching, receiving / retrieving, and displaying organizer content, attendee content, or comments associated with attendee content with their mobile devices. Thus, any mobile device user within a highly geolocalized area corresponding to an event / facility can query the database to access organizer content and/or attendee content that is relevant or related to their current geo spatial location, in view of content geospatial tags and content search expiration time tags. That is, while at an event or facility (or very near the event / facility, e.g., within 100 - 500 meters of the facility / event), for a limited period of time (i.e., prior to content search expiration periods or times), facility / event attendees can search and access organizer content and attendee content, for instance, to identify situations or circumstances that may be of interest or worthy of consideration while at the facility / event, and/or to download flyers / brochures that describe current and/or future events that may be of interest, regardless of whether they are enrolled.
Embodiments in accordance with the present disclosure can facilitate various types of social interaction between the users of mobile devices within any given geolocalized area. More particularly, content in the database that (a) includes geolocation tags corresponding to or which fall within a given highly geolocalized area, and (b) which has not expired can be shared (e.g., queried and distributed) among mobile devices, and hence among mobile device users. Also, enrolled users who post image content can generate visual labels or tags on the images, for instance, by way of facial labeling / tagging (e.g., with a name or pseudonym). Furthermore, various embodiments in accordance with the present disclosure enable pseudo-anonymous mobile device users to selectively or selectably communicate with each other, such as by way of transferring or sharing user contact information (e.g., e-mail addresses, social networking IDs (e.g:, Linkedin or Facebook IDs), or telephone numbers), depending upon user preference, for a limited period of time. Moreover, one or more types of executable content, such as games, can be social games that involve multiple facility / event attendees. For instance, FIG. 11 is a schematic illustration of a representative social game 250 provided an embodiment in accordance with the present disclosure, which can be referred to as "blast or dare," and which can be accessed or downloaded as one form of organizer content at a facility / event. In such a game 250, a given game player among multiple game participants sharing a single mobile device 300 can either (a) select a dare button 252 in response to which the mobile device 300 presents a set of blast instructions 254 to create and post a given type of blast at a facility / event (e.g., where the blast involves themselves and/or other game players); or (b) select a "dare" button 256 in which case the mobile device 300 presents a "dare" question or a set of "dare" instructions (which can involve the creation and posting of a blast) to the game player currently using the mobile device 300, in a manner similar or analogous to a conventional "truth or dare" garne. Various other types of mobile device accessible/ downloadable social games can be provided as part of organizer content at a facility / event (e.g., either as free organizer content, or purchaseable organizer content), for instance, multi-player social dice games, quiz games, etc...
In addition to facilitating particular types of social interaction among attendees at a facility / event based upon the date and time of the event as well as mobile device geolocation at the facility / event, embodiments in accordance with the present disclosure can facilitate social interaction among facility / event attendees that have followed blast content, since followed content corresponding to a blast remains accessible for a given period of time (e.g., 7 days) after it has been posted, beyond the time during which the blast was queryable / searchable (e.g., 2 hours) at the facility / event at which the blast was created. As a result, mobile device users who have followed a given blast can issue contact requests / exchange or swap contact information with the blast creator for a given period of time (e.g., up to 7 days) after the blast was created, regardless of their geolocation.
As indicated above, enrollment can be a requirement for posting content to the database, or creating blasts. Enrollment can also be a requirement for responding to posted content, following content posted by others, issuing content download requests to others, and issuing contact requests to others. However, because enrollment is a pseudo-anonymous procedure in various embodiments of the present disclosure, requiring only the submission of a user ID and a corresponding user image (although in some embodiments, additional information can optionally be submitted), users (e.g. mobile device users) are not required to actually personally identify themselves to other users, unless they choose to (e.g., by way of inputting registered user contact information and issuing one or more contact requests or contact swaps with blast creators). Embodiments in accordance with the present disclosure enhance, protect, or maximize mobile device user privacy, while simultaneously facilitating or enabling social networking among enrolled mobile device users.
Architectural Overview
FIG. 12 is a schematic illustration of a system architecture or system 1000 for highly geolocalized multimedia-based facility, site, or event related promotion and/or social networking in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. In an embodiment, the system architecture 1000 includes at least one remote content management system 1400 that can communicate by way of a network infrastructure 1010 with various types of systems and/or devices that exist within one or more facility / event spaces 1020a-£, where such systems / devices include mobile devices 300 and stakeholder systems and devices 1100, 1300, as further elaborated upon below. The system architecture 1000 can additionally include one or ttiore purchase transaction systems 1800, as also detailed below.
The network infrastructure 1010 includes one or more types of information or data communication networks such as the Internet, including at least one wireless network by which data communication with systems and devices within or relative to the geospatial boundaries of a given facility / event space 1020 can occur. Communication between mobile devices 300 and the remote content management system 1400 or a purchase transaction system 1800 involves wireless network communication; and communication between stakeholder systems 1100 and the remote content management system 1400 or a purchase transaction system 1800 can involve wire-based and/or wireless communication, depending upon embodiment details. In FIG. 12, wireless communication is indicated by dashed lines.
Mobile devices 300 that can access a wireless network providing Internet access can communicate with the remote content management system 1400 or a purchase transaction system 1800 directly. However, in indicated in FIG. 12, in various embodiments, at least some mobile devices 300 can wirelessly communicate with each other, such as by way of near-field communication (e.g., Bluetooth or similar) networks. In a number of embodiments, such wireless communication between mobile devices 300 can enable a given mobile device 300 (or essentially any type of near-field communication enabled system or device that can access the Internet) to serve as an access point, hub, or intermediary by which other mobile devices 300 within a facility / event space 1020 can communicate with the remote content management system 1400 or possibly a purchase transaction system 1800, in situations in which particular mobile devices 300 cannot communicate directly therewith. FIG. 13 illustrates portions of a system architecture or system 1000 for highly geolocalized multimedia-based facility, site, or event related promotion and/or social networking in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure, for purpose of further clarity in this regard.
Further to the foregoing, a number of embodiments provide for communication of content to or between mobile devices 300 by way of a peer proximity network (PPN), which involves information transmission from a peer node (e.g., a given mobile device 300) to another peer node (e.g., another mobile device 300), where information (e.g., geolocation information, text, multimedia content, and/or web content) is shared between peer nodes by way of a mesh transmission network. In a PPN, a set of super nodes can be defined (e.g., selectively or programmably defined), where a given super node can be a peer node that contains or can access additional information (e.g., content or geolocation data) that is not normally accessible to an ordinary peer node. Such additional information can be stored within a data storage unit of the super node, or accessible by way of one or more data storage units / databases that the super node can access or with which the super node can communicate. In such a PPN, any or essentially any peer node can become or attempt to become a super node by acquiring permission to do so in the mesh transmission network. In some embodiments, a system or device located on-site at a given facility / event, and which is associated with a facility or event stakeholder such as a facility / event manager, organizer, host, promoter, creative agency / entity, employee or contractor, can serve as a super node, in addition or as an alternative to one or more mobile devices 300 (e.g., corresponding to a particular registered user) serving as super nodes.
Within the PPN, each super node acts as a central focus for data transmission. Peer nodes are able to recognize a super node, and are configured for receiving information therefrom by way of the mesh transmission network. Information provided by any given super node is Unique, and tagged to the super node from which the information originates. Peer nodes can communicate uniquely tagged information associated with a given super node to other peer nodes. Information transmitted among peer nodes can include a count of the number of peer nodes that have transmitted the information from a given source super node.
To aid efficient and effective information communication, the PPN can provide an algorithm by which peer nodes can specify super node proximity and super node * priority for purpose of communicating or transmitting super node information. The algorithm takes into account factors including, but not limited to, the number of peer nodes transmitting information corresponding to any given super node; average counts of peer nodes and/or amounts of information transmitted; and the type(s) of information transmitted.
Facility / Event Spaces
Each facility / event space 1020 corresponds to a physical location or area to which individuals and/or groups of individuals can travel, or a physical location or area at or in which individuals and/or groups, of individuals can visit, are likely / expected to visit, and/or are invited to visit, such as for attending or initiating at least one event, occurrence, or occasion at the facility / event space 1020. In the description that follows, an event, occurrence, or occasion at a facility / event space 1020 is simply referred to as an "event."
Each facility / event space 1020 has associated therewith or is a physical location that spans a particular geospatial area that can be defined by one or more sets or a range of geospatial coordinates. A facility / event space 1020 can include or be essentially any type of an indoor area or an outdoor area, such as a conference center, a trade show venue, a hotel, a stadium or arena, a theater, a club (e.g., a nightclub), a shopping center, a pedestrian mall, a museum, an amusement park, an office building or complex, and/or another type of physical space, area, or structure. Facility / event spaces 1020 can be located in and/or distributed across essentially any country in which communication (e.g., involving reliable wireless Internet communication) between systems and/or devices and the remote content management system 1400 can occur.
Facility / event stakeholders having a business or financial interest in a facility / event space 1020 or a business or financial interest in an event that is planned, occurs, or is held at the facility / event space 1020 can communicate with the remote content management system 1400 and a purchase transaction system 1800 by way of particular types of stakeholder systems and/or devices 1100, 1300. Stakeholders can include facility / event managers, organizers, hosts, promoters, creative agencies / entities, employees or contractors associated with any of the foregoing, or other parties or individuals. Stakeholder systems and devices 1100, 1300 corresponding to stakeholders associated with any given facility / event space 1020 can generate and/or communicate, post, or upload organizer content to the remote content management system 1400, such that facility / event attendees at any given facility / event space 1020 can access such organizer content by way of their mobile devices 300 while the attendees are at or within a very limited geospatial range of the facility / event space, for a limited period of time. Stakeholder Systems / Devices
More particularly, stakeholder systems or devices 1100, 1300, 1350 can include event-based / on-site stakeholder systems 1100E and event-based / on-site stakeholder devices 1300E, 1350E, respectively, which are present at a facility / event space 1020 during an event at a facility / event space 1020; and remote stakeholder systems 1100R and remote stakeholder devices BOOR, 1350R, respectively, which are not present at a facility / event space 1020 during the event. Event-based and remote stakeholder systems 1100E,R can include desktop, laptop, and tablet computers by which organizer content can be generated or created, manipulated (e.g., edited), deleted, and/or communicated to the remote content management system 1400 or a purchase transaction system 1800. Event-based stakeholder systems 1100E can also include desktop, laptop, and tablet computers by which organizer content can be managed, and attendee content can be moderated and selectively deleted, during an event. Stakeholder devices 1300E,R include mobile or -portable devices, such as digital cameras or image capture devices, by which organizer content can be captured. In some embodiments, stakeholder devices 1350E,R include devices (e.g., arm-worn data communication devices) that facilitate or enable the communication of organizer content (e.g., captured images) to stakeholder systems 300E,R. For instance, FIG. 14 is an image of a representative arm-worn data communication device 1350 that is configured for receiving images captured by a digital camera 1300 (e.g., a digital video camera), and communicating (e.g., by way of wireless communication) such captured images to a stakeholder system 1100. Such a digital camera 1300 and arm-worn data communication device 1350 can be utilized, for instance, by a professional photographer who is present at a facility / event space 1020. The arm- worn data communication device 1350 can include a processing unit, a memory, a display screen, and one or more types of controls that facilitate captured image review and image communication to the stakeholder system 1100. -
Stakeholder systems 1100E,R provide a set of stakeholder GUIs by which stakeholders can access or log into and out of the remote content management system 1400 for purpose of defining events / venues, generating / communicating content thereto, and/or selectively deleting content therefrom (for instance, for moderating attendee content during an event). In association with the communication of organizer content to the remote content management system 1400, a stakeholder system 1100E,R and/or the remote content management system 1400 can associate, link, label, or tag organizer content with (a) a facility / event space ID and/or a corresponding set of geospatial coordinates, such that the organizer content can be geospatially referenced or identified by the remote content management system 1400; and (b) an event date / time stamp and/or an expiration date, such that the organizer content can also be temporally referenced and at least one type of expiration period or time can be determined or defined for the organizer content.
Mobile Devices Configured for Geolocalized Content Communication
A mobile device 300 in accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure includes an electronic or computing device (e.g., a smart phone) having a processing unit, a display device, and one or more sets of program instructions (e.g., software, such as in the form of a mobile application and/or a web browser) that provide a set of geolocalized content communication GUIs that facilitate or enable a user of the mobile device 300 to perform the following operations involving communication with the remote content management system 1400 :
(a) querying the remote content management system 1400 for organizer content and/or attendee content corresponding to (i) a highly geolocalized area based upon their current geolocation or geospatial coordinates (e.g., where the highly geolocalized area falls within 100 - 500 meters of their geolocation), and (ii) the date and time of their query;
(b) receiving / retrieving and presenting / displaying organizer content and/or attendee content from the remote content management system 1400, which exhibits geospatial tags that fall within a predetermined distance or range from the attendee mobile device 300 and for which a search expiration time relative to a database content query time has not yet been reached; and possibly:
(c) purchasing and downloading purchasable or fee-based content by way of communication with a purchase transaction system 1800; and in various embodiments:
(d) selectively performing an enrollment procedure, for instance, a pseudo-anonymous enrollment procedure involving the submission of a user ID (e.g., a name or pseudonym) and/or a user provided image, by which the mobile device user can enroll with the remote content management system 1400; and following the enrollment procedure, one or more of:
(e) posting content generated or submitted by the enrolled mobile device user to the remote content management system 1400, where such content is geospatially tagged with the current geospatial coordinates of the mobile device 300 and temporally tagged with the date and time of content communication, posting, or submission to the remote content management system 1400;
(f) visually labeling or tagging portions of attendee image content (e.g., a face within an image) with a textual identifier such as a name or pseudonym, after which the remote content management system 1400 stores the visually labeled I tagged image in the database 1600 such that it is receivable / retrievable by others as attendee content;
(g) selectively rating or "liking" content, in response to which the remote content management system 1400 can associate the "liked" content enrolled user's user ID and/or user image with a "like" reference in the database 1600, such that other mobile device users can view or review a content rating history;
(h) selectively submitting comments directed to attendee content posted by other mobile device users to the remote content management system 1400, in response to which the remote content management system 1400 appropriately associates, links, or tags this attendee content with the comments in the database 1600 such that the comments can be viewed by other attendees in association with receiving / retrieving attendee content;
(i) submitting "follow" requests directed to selected attendee content to the remote content management system 1400, in response to which the remote content management system 1400 associates or links the mobile device user's ID with the content currently displayed on their mobile device 300 in the database 1600 such that the mobile device user can access or receive / retrieve and view this "followed" attendee content for a limited period of time (e.g., 7 days) from the time at which such attendee content was originally posted;
(j) selectively communicating content download requests from the mobile device user to other enrolled users, such that the mobile device user can obtain permission to download attendee content posted by another mobile device user;
(k) selectively communicating contact requests and/or contact acceptances directed to the transfer / exchange of contact information (e.g., e-mail addresses, social media IDs, and/or telephone numbers, depending upon selectable mobile device user preferences) with other enrolled users, where contact requests and contact acceptances can also be geospatially tagged and temporally tagged, such that they remain valid for a limited period of time, for instance, 24 hours, or a given number of days (e.g., 3 days, or 7 days) after attendee content with which the contact request is associated was posted; and (1) selectively deleting (e.g., permanently deleting) the mobile device user's user information (e.g., their user ID and user image) in response to an account deletion request.
FIG. 15 is a block diagram of a representative mobile device 300 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. In an embodiment, the mobile device 300 includes a processing unit 310, a display device 320, one or more input devices 330 (at least one of which can be integrated with the display device 320), a positioning / geolocation system 340 (e.g., a GPS system), a data storage unit 350, a network communication unit 360, possibly an RF transceiver 370, and a memory 400 wherein an operating system 410 and a set of content management modules 420 reside. Each of the foregoing elements of the mobile device 300 is coupled to a common set of communication signal / data communication pathways 302 (e.g., a set of buses), in a manner understood by one having ordinary skill in the relevant art. The set of content management modules 420 can include or be one or more program instruction sets that facilitate or perform particular mobile device operations or functions described or indicated herein, in a manner understood by one having ordinary skill in the relevant art. Such program instruction sets can be implemented, for instance, by way of a mobile device (e.g., smart phone) application and/or a web browser.
Remote Content Management System
A remote content management system 1400 includes at least one content management server or server cluster 1410 (hereafter "server" for purpose of simplicity) configured for processing requests received from stakeholder systems 1100E,R and facility / event space attendee mobile devices 300; and at least one content database or database cluster 1600 (as above, "database") in which organizer content and attendee content can reside. The content management server 1400 manages the receipt and storage of organizer and attendee content in the database 1410; the selective communication of organizer and attendee content to stakeholder systems 1100 and mobile devices 300 based upon geolocation, mobile device user enrollment status, and/or one or more types of content accessibility periods or times; the selective association of user IDs with particular attendee content such that the attendee content can be "followed" and accessed after an event for a given period of time; the communication of content download requests and download acceptances between enrolled users; the communication of contact information between enrolled users; and the selective deletion of organizer and attendee content from the database 800 based upon content expiration periods or times.
With respect to organizer content, in various embodiments, in various embodiments, the content management server 1410 ensures that organizer content stored in the database 1600 includes a geospatial tag corresponding to the location of a facility / event space 1020 with which the organizer content is associated; a date / time stamp corresponding to an organizer content receipt date / time; a date / time stamp corresponding to an event date / time at the facility / event space 1020; and an expiration date / time such that the organizer content can be geospatially referenced relative to the facility / event space 1020, temporally referenced relative to an event date / time at the facility / event space 1020, and temporally referenced relative to an expiration or deletion date / time.
With respect to attendee content, in various embodiments, the content management server 1410 ensures that attendee content includes a geospatial tag corresponding to the geospatial coordinates of a mobile device 300 that submitted or posted the attendee content, and a date / time stamp corresponding to an attendee content receipt date / time. Depending upon embodiment details, the content management server 1410 can also generate or determine based upon an attendee content receipt date / time one or more types of attendee content access periods or expiration tags corresponding to the attendee content, such as (a) an attendee content searchability time during which the attendee content remains queryable / searchable, or equivalently, an attendee content search expiration date / time past which the attendee content is no longer queryable / searchable, based upon a querying mobile device's geolocation; (b) an attendee content following period during which the attendee content can be "followed" or received / retrieved by an enrolled user that has previously indicated they want to "follow" the attendee content (e.g., based upon or regardless of the enrolled user's geolocation); (c) an attendee content download request period during which an enrolled user can request permission to download the attendee content (e.g., based upon or regardless of the enrolled user's geolocation); (d) an attendee content download period during which an enrolled user who has been granted permission to download the attendee content can downloaded such content (e.g., based upon or regardless of the enrolled user's geolocation); (e) a contact request period during which an enrolled user can request the communication of one or more types of contact inforfnation to the enrolled user who originally posted the attendee content (e.g., based upon or regardless of the enrolled user's geolocation); and (f) an attendee content expiration date / time past which the attendee content can be deleted (e.g., permanently deleted).
Within a very limited geospatial range corresponding to each facility / event space 1020, mobile devices 300 corresponding to enrolled or non-enrolled users can communicate with the remote content management system 1400 can issue queries to a content management server 1410 to search the database 1600 for content that is relevant to the geolocation of the facility / event space 1020, in view of the date / time of the query. A database content query issued by a given mobile device 300 includes a set of current geospatial coordinates corresponding to the mobile device 300, a date / time stamp, and a content return request. The remote content management system 1400 is configured for receiving and responding to queries from multiple (for instance, many or very many, e.g., hundreds, thousands, or multiple / many thousands) of mobile devices 300 at any given time.
In response to a database content query received from a mobile device 300, the remote content management system 1400 identifies content within the database 1600 for which (a) the geospatial tags are within a predetennined or selectable distance of the geospatial coordinates of the querying mobile device 300, as specified in the database content query; and (b) the content searchability period remains valid, or equivalently, the content search expiration period has not been reached, relative to the date / time stamp of the database content query. Upon identifying content that satisfies such geospatial and temporal constraints, the remote content management system 1400 transfers portions of such content (e.g., portions of blasts) to the querying mobile device 300. The querying mobile device 300 presents or displays received content (e.g.j on blast tiles) by way of a set of GUIs, as previously described.
FIG. 16 is a block diagram of a representative content management unit 1400 according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. In an embodiment, the content management unit 1400 includes a first number of network server systems 1410 corresponding to a network request response system 1500 and a second number of network server systems 1410 corresponding to a background worker unit 1550. The network request response system 1500 is coupled to the Internet 1010 by way of a network interface unit 1402 and a network load balancing unit 1502. Each of the network request response system 1500 and the background worker unit 1550 is coupled to a database cluster system 1600, which includes a number of database server systems 1610.
Each network response system 1500 includes or can access an event management unit 1700, an account management unit 1710, and an automated payment unit 1720, wherein each such unit 1700- 1720 includes a number of program instruction sets that facilitate or perform particular remote content management unit operations or functions performed or indicated herein, in a manner understood by one having ordinary skill in the relevant art.
Aspects of Representative Content Management Processes
FIG. 17 is a flow diagram of a content management process 2000 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. In embodiment, the content management process 2000 includes a first process portion 2010 involving initializing a content management mobile device module or application on a mobile device 300, followed by a second process portion 2020 wherein the content management module determines a current date and time as well as a current geolocation of the mobile device 300 (e.g., corresponding to the mobile device's current or most-recent GPS coordinates). A third process portion 2030 involves providing or presenting a content management GUI (e.g., a GUI as described above with reference to FIGs. 2A - 11) on the mobile device display 320. A fourth process portion 2040 involves issuing a database content query to the database 1600, and a fifth process portion 2050 involves receiving searchable, non-expired database content having a geolocation that corresponds to a predetermined / selectable distance from the mobile device's current / most recent geolocation as specified in the database content query. A sixth process portion 2060 involves presenting information (e.g., particular content / content related items, such as potions of a blast tile / blast board tile) corresponding to received / retrieved content that satisfies the date / time and geolocation constraints specified in the database content query on the mobile device display 320. A seventh process portion 2070 involves determining whether a database content query should be updated / refreshed or a new database content query is required. If so, the process 2000 can return to the second process portion 2020, Otherwise, the process 2000 can determine whether other user input (e.g., directed to liking content, tagging content, commenting on content, purchasing content following content, issuing a content download request, issuing a contact request / swapping contact information, creating a blast, or creating a blast board) has been received in association with an eighth process portion 2080, and a ninth process portion 2090 can involve processing such user input.
FIG. 18 is a flow diagram of another content management process 2100 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure, which can be facilitated or performed by one or more mobile device content management modules 420. In an embodiment, this content management process 2100 includes a first process portion 2110 involving receiving user input from a mobile user by way of their mobile device 300, where such user input is directed to liking presented content (e.g., a blast image). A second process portion 2120 involves performing a registration check to determine whether the mobile user who desires to like the presented content is registered. If not, a third process portion 2130 involves providing a registration GUI, and a fourth process portion 2140 involves receiving and storing in the database a user captured / provided / selected registration image and a user provided / selected user ID / name / pseudonym. A fifth process portion 2150 involves receiving an storing additional user contact information if provided, such as one or more user social media IDs, a user e-mail address, and/or a user phone number.
After the fifth process portion 2150, or following the second process portion 2120 in the event that the mobile device user was already registered, the content is marked or tagged as liked in association with a sixth process portion 2170.
A seventh process portion 2170 involves determining whether additional user input has been received corresponding to the presented / selected content and/or the content creator. If so, an eighth process portion 2180 can process the user input in accordance with the categorical type of user input received, for instance, in one or more manners indicated in FIG. 17 (e.g., to perform mobile user image tagging; content commenting; content purchasing; content following; listing followed content; issuing a contact request; issuing a download request; and/or downloading content). If user input directed to the selected content or the content creator is not received, other user input can be processed in association with a ninth process portion 2190.
FIG. 19 is a flow diagram of another content management process 2200 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure, which can be facilitated or performed by the remote content management unit 1400. In an embodiment, this process 2200 includes a first process portion 2210 involving receiving a database content query. A second process portion 2220 involves identifying unexpired organizer content having a geolocation within q meters of the geolocation tag specified in the database content query, and a third process portion 2230 involves communicating or returning a list and/or data items corresponding to the unexpired organizer content having a geolocation within q meters of the geolocation tag specified in the database content query to the device (e.g., mobile device 300) that issued the database content query. A fourth process portion 2240 involves identifying searchable (and hence unexpired) attendee content having a geolocation within m meters of the geolocation tag specified in the database content query, and a fifth process portion 2240' involves communicating or remrning a list and/or data items corresponding to the searchable attendee having a geolocation within m meters of the geolocation tag specified in the database content query to the device that issued the database content query. Depending upon embodiment details, q and m can be different or identical.
FIG. 20 is a flow diagram of a further content management process 2300 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure, which can be facilitated or performed by the remote content management unit 1400 for purpose of performing automatic database maintenance operations involving content marking with respect to searchability and/or content deletion in view of expiration dates / times. In an embodiment, this process 2300 includes a first process portion 2302 involving selecting a first / next organizer content structure within the database 1600, and a second process portion 2304 involving checking an expiration date / time tag corresponding thereto relative to the current date / time. A third process portion 2306 involves determining whether the selected organizer content structure is expired, and if so, a fourth process portion 2308 involves deleting the selected organizer content structure, such that the presentation of organizer content corresponding thereto to mobile devices 300 in response to database content queries cannot occur. A fifth process portion 2310 can determine whether another organizer content structure in the database 1600 requires consideration, and if so, the process 2300 can return to the first process portion 2302.
A sixth process portion 2320 involves selecting a first / next attendee content structure in the database 1600, and a seventh process portion 2322 involves checking an expiration date / time corresponding to the selected attendee content structure relative to the current date / time. An eighth process portion 2324 involves determining whether the selected attendee content structure is expired, and if so, a ninth process portion 2326 involves deleting the selected attendee content structure, such that the presentation of attendee content corresponding thereto to mobile devices 300 in response to database content queries cannot occur. A tenth process portion 2328 involves checking a search expiration date / time corresponding to the selected attendee content structure relative to the current date / time; and an eleventh process portion 2330 involves determining whether the search expiration date / time has been reached. If so, a twelfth process portion 2332 involves marking or flagging the selected attendee content structure as unsearchable / non-searchable, such that the presentation of attendee content corresponding to the selected attendee content structure in response to database content queries is avoided, even though the attendee content structure remains unexpired. Finally, a thirteenth process portion 2334 involves determining whether another attendee content structure within the database 1600 requires consideration.
FIG. 21 is a schematic illustration of a set of representative organizer content creation / management GUIs 2400 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. In an embodiment, an administration GUI 2410 enables a stakeholder to administer, schedule, define, or manage content corresponding to upcoming venues / events and/or flyers / promotional content. A venues list GUI .2420, in association with a venue editing GUI 2422 and a venue geolocation GUI 2424 enable the stakeholder to define venue names, dates / times, durations, and geospatial areas / coordinates (e.g., by way of a conventional GPS-based mapping application program). A venue content GUI 2430, in association with a venue blast board editing GUI 2432, enable the stakeholder to list and define / edit venue blast boards, and also define verified venue accounts by which venue content (e.g., attendee content at a given venue) can be moderated.
A flyers listing GUI 2440, in association with a flyers creation / editing GUI 2442, enables the stakeholder to generate, edit, and manage flyer / promotional content.
Finally, a payment GUI 2450 processes payments submitted by the stakeholder to an owner / operator / administrator of the remote content management system 1400 for providing the functions / operations / services that the remote content management server 1400 makes available to the stakeholder in association with their scheduled event.
Aspects of particular embodiments of the present disclosure address at least one aspect, problem, limitation, and/or disadvantage associated with exiting systems, apparatuses, circuits, and/or techniques for introducing new products into a target geographical area and/or supply chain management. While features, aspects, and/or advantages associated with certain embodiments have been described in the disclosure, other embodiments, may also exhibit such features, aspects, and/or advantages, and not all embodiments need necessarily exhibit such features, aspects, and/or advantages to fall within the scope of the disclosure. It will be appreciated by a person of ordinary, skill in the art that several of the above-disclosed systems, apparatuses, components,- rocesses, or alternatives thereof, may be desirably combined into other different systems, apparatuses, components, processes, and/or applications. In addition, various modifications, alterations, and/or improvements may be made to various embodiments that are disclosed by a person of ordinary skill in the art within the scope of the present disclosure.

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1. A computer based method for highly geolocalized facility or event promotion and or social networking by way of an information content repository and a plurality of portable devices which can receive mformation therefrom, the method comprising: storing a set of information content structures in the information content repository, each information content structure having information content, geolocation information, and time and date information corresponding thereto; detenrnning for each of the set of information content structures a first time period during which the information content structure exists and past which the information content structure is expired based upon the time and date information corresponding thereto; permanently deleting from the information content repository each information content structure that has expired; receiving an information content repository query from each of the plurality of portable devices; determining a geolocation of each of the plurality of portable devices; detemiining for each of the plurality of portable devices which information content structures have geolocation information falling within a predetermined maximum range relative to the portable device's geolocation; and selectively presenting on each of the plurality of portable devices information content obtained from information content structures having geolocation information falling within the predetermined maximum range of the portable device's geolocation, and avoiding presentation on each of the plurality of portable devices information content contained within information content structures having geolocation information falling outside of the predetermined maximum range of the portable device's location.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein the information content corresponding to a subset of information content structures includes executable content comprising a set of program instructions executable on each of the plurality of portable devices.
3. The method of claim 2, wherein the executable content comprises a website, a game, or an animation associated with a particular situation, circumstance, event, or business that exists at a given time in a particular physical location.
4. The method of claim 1, further comprising: determining for each of the information content structures a second time period during which the information content structure remains queryable or searchable based upon the time and date information corresponding thereto; and avoiding presentation on each of the plurality of portable devices information content contained within information content structures that are not queryable or searchable.
5. The method of claim 1, further comprising presenting on each of each of the plurality of portable devices an amount of time remaining until information content presented thereon will no longer be presented.
6. The method of claim 1, wherein the information content corresponding to each information content structure comprises:
(a) facility or event information content comprising promotional content, portions of an electronic brochure, flyer, or survey, and/or a program instruction set executable on each of the plurality of portable devices, wherein the facility or event information content is respectively associated with a facility or event having a geolocation corresponding to the geolocation information of the information content structure; and/or
(b) attendee information content comprising an image and/or text submitted by a registered user while at or within a limited geospatial range of the facility or event.
7. The method of claim 6, wherein each information content structure (a) geospatially associates the information content of the information content structure with the geolocation of the facility or event, and (b) temporally associates the information content of the information content structure with a date and time at which registered users attended the facility or event.
8. The method of claim 6, wherein the set of information content structures includes a set of facility or event information content structures, and wherein the information content of each of the set of facility or event information content structures comprises facility or event information content, respectively.
9. The method of claim 8, wherein the information content of each of the set of facility or event information content structures further comprises attendee content.
10. The method of claim 6, further comprising receiving pseudonymous registration information from a subset of the plurality of portable devices, the pseudonymous registration information received from each of the subset of the plurality of portable devices including a pseudonym and/or an image submitted by a portable device user present at the facility or event by which the portable device user becomes a registered user.
11. The method of claim 10, wherein the set of information content structures includes a set of attendee information content structures, and wherein the information content of each of the set of attendee information content structures comprises attendee information content.
12. The method of claim 11, wherein the information content corresponding to each of the attendee information content structures is associated with the pseudonymous registration information of a particular registered user, and is geospatially associated with the geolocation of the facility or event and temporally associated with a date and time during which the registered user attended the facility or event.
13. The method of claim 12, wherein the information content corresponding to each of the set of attendee information content structures includes a set of images including a set of images relevant to the facility or event submitted by a first registered user for whom the attendee information content structure was created.
14. The method of claim 13, wherein each of the attendee information content structures further has one or more comments and/or like indications associated with at least a subset of the set of images, wherein each comment and like indication is associated with at least one other registered user at the facility or event.
15. The method of claim 11, further comprising: receiving by way of a portable device application graphical user interface (GUI) configured for presenting attendee information content of a first attendee information content structure corresponding to a first registered user a contact request to share contact information with a second registered user; and sharing contact information between the first registered user and the second registered user, wherein the shared contact information comprises an e-mail address and/or a social media identifier corresponding to the first registered user and/or the second registered user.
16. The method of claim 1, wherein the predetermined maximum range is programmable or selectable.
17. The method of claim 1, wherein for each of the plurality of portable devices, the predetermined maximum range is within 500 meters of the portable device's geolocation.
18. A system for highly geolocalized facility or event promotion and/or social networking, comprising: an information repository configured for storing information content structures, each information content structure having information content, geolocation information, and time and date information corresponding thereto; a plurality of portable devices, each of the plurality of portable devices comprising a processing unit, a display device, and a memory storing a set of program instructions, including a set of program instructions configured for providing a graphical user interface (GUI); a content management server comprising at least one processing unit and a memory storing program instructions executable by the at least one processing unit and configured for performing content management operations comprising: determining for each of the set of information content structures a first time period during which the information content structure is expired based upon the time and date information corresponding thereto; permamently deleting from the information content repository each information content structure that has expired receiving an information content query from each of the plurality of portable devices; determining a geolocation of each of the plurality of portable devices determining for each of the information content structures which information content structures have geolocation information falling within a predetermined maximum range relative to the portable device's geolocation; and selectively communicating to each of the plurality of portable devices information content obtained from information content structures having geolocation information falling within the predetermined maximum range of the portable device's geolocation, and avoiding communication to each of the plurality of portable devices information content contained within information content structures having geolocation information falling outside of the predetermined maximum range of the portable device's location.
19. The system of claim 18, wherein the information content corresponding to a subset of information content structures includes executable content comprising a set of program instructions executable on each of the plurality of portable devices.
20. The method of claim 19, wherein the executable content comprises a website, a game, or an animation associated with a particular situation, circumstance, event, or business that exists at a given time in a particular physical location.
21. The system of claim 18, wherein the content management operations further comprise: determining for each of the information content structures a second time period during which the information content structure remains queryable or searchable based upon the time and date information corresponding thereto; and avoiding presentation on each of the plurality of portable devices information content contained within information content structures that are not queryable or searchable.
22. The system of claim 18, wherein the content management operations further comprise communicating to each of each of the plurality of portable devices an amount of time remaining until information content presented thereon will no longer be presented.
23. The system of claim 18, wherein the information content corresponding to each information content structure comprises:
(a) facility or event information content comprising promotional content, portions of an electronic brochure, flyer, or survey, and/or a program instruction set executable on each of the plurality of portable devices, wherein the facility or event information content is respectively associated with a facility or event having a geolocation corresponding to the geolocation information of the information content structure; and/or
(b) attendee information content comprising an image and/or text submitted by a registered user while at or within a limited geospatial range of the facility or event, and wherein each information content structure (a) geospatially associates the information content of the information content structure with the geolocation of the facility or event, and (b) temporally associates the information content of the information content structure with a date and time at which registered users attended the facility or event.
24. The system of claim 23, wherein the set of information content structures includes a set of facility or event information content structures, and wherein the information content of each of the set of facility or event information content structures comprises facility or event information content, respectively.
25. The system of claim 24, wherein the information content of each of the set of facility or event information content structures further comprises attendee content.
26. The system of claim 23, wherein the content management operations further comprise: processing pseudonymous registration information from a subset of the plurality of portable devices, the pseudonymous registration information received from each of the subset of the plurality of portable devices including a pseudonym and/or an image submitted by a portable device user present at the facility or event by which the portable device user becomes a registered user.
27. The system of claim 26, wherein the set of information content structures includes a set of attendee information content structures for which the information content corresponding thereto comprises attendee information content that is associated with the pseudonymous registration information of a particular registered user, and which is geospatially associated with the geolocation of the facility or event and temporally associated with a date and time during which the registered user attended the facility or event.
28. The system of claim 27, wherein the information content corresponding to each of the set of attendee information content structures includes a set of images including a set of images relevant to the facility or event submitted by a first registered user for whom the attendee information content structure was created, and wherein each of the attendee information content structures further has one or more comments and/or like indications associated with at least a subset of the set of images, wherein each comment and like indication is associated with at least one other registered user at the facility or event.
29. The system of claim 27, wherein the content management operations further comprise: receiving from a portable device configured for presenting attendee information content of a first attendee information content structure corresponding to a first registered user a contact request to share contact information with a second registered user; and sharing contact information between the first registered user and the second registered user, wherein the shared contact information comprises an e-mail address and/or a social media identifier corresponding to the first registered user and/or the second registered user.
30. The system of claim 18, wherein the predetermined maximum range is programmable or selectable.
31. The system of claim 18, wherein for each of the plurality of portable devices, the predetermined maximum range is within 500 meters of the portable device's geolocation.
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