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1. US20160328680 - Computer-implemented method of facilitating online interactions involving voice recordings using multiple electronic interfaces

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1. A computer-implemented method of facilitating online interactions between voice talent users and client users, where the online interactions include communication of electronic audio files created by the voice talent users to the client users via a computer server system over the Internet, the electronic audio files featuring voice recordings by respective ones of the voice talent users, the method comprising the steps of:
receiving connections over the Internet from voice talent users and client users to the server system;
storing in a database of the server system, for each of the voice talent users, a voice talent user profile uploaded by each of the voice talent users to the server system, the voice talent user profile including keywords inputted by the corresponding voice talent user and at least one sample electronic audio file featuring a sample voice recording of the corresponding voice talent user uploaded to the server system by the corresponding voice talent user, the keywords including a voice-related specialty of the corresponding voice talent user;
storing in a jobs database of the server system a plurality of entries posted by at least some of the client users, at least some of the entries including information about the client user who posted the entry and a corresponding sample of a script, the entries being tagged by keywords;
providing to the voice talent users by the server system over the Internet a first interface used by the voice talent users to create or upload their respective voice talent user profiles including the sample electronic audio files;
providing to the client users by the server system over the Internet a second interface including audio controls for listening to the sample electronic audio files uploaded by the voice talent users;
providing, by the server system via the Internet, a third interface used by the client users to input search parameters to search for those of the voice talent user profiles having at least one associated keyword relevant to the inputted search parameters;
ranking, by the server system, matching ones of the voice talent user profiles based on at least (a) a type of account of the corresponding voice talent users; and (b) a presence or absence of a sample electronic audio file in the matched voice talent user profiles;
downloading, by the server system, a plurality of voice talent search results to the third interface operated by one of the client users, each of the voice talent search results including a webpage control configured to playback the sample electronic audio file associated with the search result;
providing, by the server system over the Internet, a fourth interface used by the client users to post a job to the jobs database;
providing, by the server system via the Internet, a fifth interface used by the voice talent users to input search parameters to search for the plurality of entries posted by the client users having at least one tagged keyword relevant to the inputted search parameters to produce a jobs search results;
receiving, at the server system from the one of the voice talent users, a selection of one of a selected one of the jobs search results, and responsive thereto, downloading to the one of the voice talent users a sixth interface describing the selected one of the jobs search results and including a link on the sixth interface to download a portion of a complete script file prepared by one of the client users;
receiving, at the server system from one of the client users over the Internet, (a) a selection of one of the voice talent users and (b) a portion of a complete script file prepared and uploaded to the server system over the Internet by the one of the client users, the complete script file featuring a complete script, where the selected one of the voice talent users corresponds to one of the voice talent users that operated the fourth interface or to one of the voice talent users in the voice talent search results;
sending the portion of the complete script file from the server system to the selected one of the voice talent users over the Internet;
providing, by the server system, a seventh interface operated by the selected one of the voice talent users to upload over the Internet to the server system a sample electronic audio file of the portion of the complete script file featuring a voice recording of the portion of the complete script by the selected one of the voice talent users;
receiving at the server system the sample electronic audio file of the portion of the complete script file uploaded by the selected one of the voice talent users;
receiving, at the server system, from the one of the client users that prepared the portion of the complete script an instruction to send via the server system the complete script file to the selected one of the voice talent users;
providing a link to download from the server system the complete script file, the link being provided on the seventh interface operated by the selected one of the voice talent users;
providing, by the server system, an eighth interface operated by the selected one of the voice talent users to upload a final audio file featuring a voice recording of the complete script embodied in the completed script file;
receiving, by the server system from the selected one of the voice talent users, the final audio file;
delivering, by the server system, the final audio file to the one of the client users that prepared the complete script;
providing, by the server system, a ninth interface to the one of the client users that prepared the complete script;
responsive to delivering the final audio file, facilitating an electronic transaction between the one of the client users that prepared the complete script and the selected one of the voice talent users, with the server system acting as an agent for the electronic transaction, the ninth interface including an identifier identifying the final audio file, the selected one of the voice talent users that uploaded the final audio file, an indication of an audio file format of the final audio file, and input fields to complete the electronic transaction; and
providing, by the server system, an option to the voice talent users to hide their real identity from being publicly viewable by the client users in the voice talent user profiles unless and until the electronic transaction occurs in response to delivering the final audio file.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein the ranking is further based on a presence of tags received from corresponding ones of the voice talent users.
3. The method of claim 1, further comprising the steps of:
responsive to receiving the sample electronic audio file of the portion of the complete script file from the selected voice talent user, receiving at the server system, via the first interface, a time frame within which or a time deadline by which the final audio file must be received, via the server system, by the client user that prepared the complete script,
wherein the facilitating the electronic transaction includes confirming that the final audio file was received from the selected one of the voice talent users within the time frame or by the time deadline; and
receiving, from the one of the client users that prepared the complete script at the server system, an indication to authorize the electronic transaction.
4. The method of claim 1, wherein the electronic transaction includes a plurality of electronic transactions, each of the plurality of electronic transactions being authorized in response to completion by a specified date by the selected one of the voice talent users of at least one milestone established between the selected one of the voice talent users and the one of the client users that prepared the complete script, wherein the completion of the at least one milestone includes uploading, by the selected one of the voice talent users, an audio file of a voice recording by the selected one of the voice talent users of part of the complete script by the specified date.
5. The method of claim 1, wherein the server system hosts all of the interfaces as the webpages over the Internet, the method comprising the steps of:
transmitting the third interface over the Internet to a web browser running on a client computer operated by one of the client users, wherein when the webpage control is selected, a sample audio recording associated with the search result is played on the client computer;
transmitting the seventh interface over the Internet to a web browser running on a voice talent computer operated by the one of the voice talent users, the seventh interface including at least one webpage having optionally at least one tab wherein the at least one webpage includes a browse control that allows the one of the voice talent users to upload the sample electronic audio file of the portion of the complete script file, a webpage control that plays the uploaded sample electronic audio file, and the link to download the complete script file, the seventh interface including a job identifier associated with the complete script file;
transmitting the eighth interface over the Internet to the web browser running on the voice talent computer operated by one of the one of the voice talent users, the eighth interface including a browse control that allows the one of the voice talent users to upload the final audio file to the server system, and an upload control that when selected uploads the final audio file from the voice talent computer to the server system, the eighth interface including the job identifier; and
transmitting the ninth interface over the Internet to the web browser running on the client computer operated by one of the client users, the identifier identifying the final audio file being associated with the job identifier.
6. The method of claim 1, wherein the server system includes at least one computer server coupled to the database.
7. The method of claim 1, wherein the final audio file includes a pre-recorded message by the one of the voice talent users voicing or narrating a script of the completed script file.
8. A computer-implemented method of centrally hosting on a central server system a plurality of electronic interfaces that are provided over the Internet among a plurality of client users and voice talent users to connect client users with human voice talent who provide voice-based services, the method comprising the steps of:
providing, from the central server system over the Internet to one of the client users, a first of the electronic interfaces including a first control to upload to a database system of the central server system a first electronic file that includes a portion of a complete script;
downloading, from the central server system over the Internet to one of the voice talent users, a second of the electronic interfaces including a link to download the first electronic file;
providing, by the central server system, a third of the electronic interfaces including a control to upload to the database system over the Internet to the central server system a sample electronic audio file featuring a voice recording by a human voice talent of the portion of the complete script;
providing, by the central server system, to the one of the client users a fourth of the electronic interfaces including a playback control configured to play the sample electronic audio file;
receiving, over the Internet at the central server system, a second electronic file that includes the complete script uploaded by the one of the client users and stored in the database system;
providing a link to the one of the voice talent users to download from the database system the second electronic file only in response to an instruction received at the central server system from the one of the client users over the Internet;
responsive to the one of the voice talent users accessing the link to download the second electronic file, providing a fifth of the electronic interfaces to the one of the voice talent users to upload a final audio file featuring a voice recording of the complete script by the human voice talent to the database system; and
sending, over the Internet, the final audio file from the database system to the one of the client users.
9. The method of claim 8, further comprising:
storing in the database system, for each of the voice talent users, a voice talent user profile uploaded by each of the voice talent users to the server system, the voice talent user profile including keywords inputted by the corresponding voice talent user and at least one sample electronic audio file featuring a sample voice recording of the corresponding voice talent user uploaded to the server system by the corresponding voice talent user, the keywords including a voice-related specialty of the corresponding voice talent user;
storing in a jobs database of the central server system a plurality of entries posted by at least some of the client users, at least some of the entries including information about the client user who posted the entry and a corresponding sample of a script, the entries being tagged by keywords;
providing to the voice talent users by the central server system over the Internet a sixth interface used by the voice talent users to create or upload their respective voice talent user profiles including the sample electronic audio files;
providing to the client users by the central server system over the Internet a seventh interface including audio controls for listening to the sample electronic audio files uploaded by the voice talent users;
providing, by the central server system via the Internet, a search interface used by the client users to input search parameters to search for those of the voice talent user profiles having at least one associated keyword relevant to the inputted search parameters;
ranking, by the central server system, matching ones of the voice talent user profiles based on at least (a) a type of account of the corresponding voice talent users; and (b) a presence or absence of a sample electronic audio file in the matched voice talent user profiles.
10. The method of claim 9, further comprising:
providing, by the central server system, an option to each of the voice talent users to hide their real identity from being publicly viewable by the client users in the voice talent user profiles until after the final audio file is delivered.