CircledSpace - Social Networking based on Groups of Friends
Google + Circles Crushed My Family's Dream
I had thought of the concept of social networking website based on the concept that a user can create and manage groups of friends. Groups may be created based on groups like family, online friends or groups based on interests of the user such as swimming, writing, basketball and so on. I thought of this idea in 2008. I thought at that time this would not be MySpace or Facebook killer. I wanted to enable users to communicate to other users with the same interests and I would provide privacy tools that a friend in a certain group may not have access to messages, notifications, friends, photos, videos of different groups. Let’s say, a message meant to be sent to the group Family will not be received by the friends of group Online Friends. Also, friends in the group Online Friends will not be able to view the user’s family pictures and videos unless explicitly granted by the user. My vision was to create a social networking site for people who do not like Facebook’s and Myspace’s single pile of friends and lack of privacy tools. The concept of groups to me is not new as I had the idea of grouping invitees when I bought the domain name ClickToRSVP.com in 2004. While thinking of a matching domain name for the group social networking site, I kept looking for funding . In order for me to hide this idea and not to get stolen, I instead disclosed my idea of a local search website but told the prospective investors that part of the funding will be used for patent expenses of a new generation of social networking website and telling them they will also co-own it without disclosing the actual concept. Unfortunately, I was not able to secure any funding. The breakthrough could have happened when a friend was about to pour-in some minimal funding but backed-out later on. I knew, this idea will be my means to get college funds for my kids. I need to patent this idea but I had no means to make it happen.
Then, on Tuesday, June 28th 2011, a major technology news broke out... Google launched its social networking product which is Google+ wherein its main component is the Google Circles. When I read the news I was shocked... I felt a sudden weakening of my body, my eyes became teary, and I just had murmured , my family just lost a dream. Google + Circles is 100% the same as my concept of my circledspace.com. Since that day until now I am still having difficulty sleeping. I had that idea for years. I thought my family could have hit a home run but a very big and powerful company took it from us because I was not successfully able to patent it.