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1. WO2001077793 - ECHANGE D'INFORMATIONS PAR L'INTERMEDIAIRE D'UN RESEAU DE PERSONNES DE CONFIANCE

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1. A method comprising:
obtaining trusted referrals from people;
linking at least some of the people based on the trusted referrals to create a trusted network on a computer; and
using information on the trusted network.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein obtaining comprises receiving the referrals in response to requests.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein linking comprises storing relationships between at least some of the people that define at least a portion of the trusted network.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein:
each person on the trusted network comprises a node of the trusted network; and
the method further comprises storing information in association with nodes of the trusted network.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the information relates to a person corresponding to a node of the trusted network.

6. The method of claim 5, wherein the information comprises an assessment relating to competency of the person corresponding to the node.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein using the
information comprises sending an electronic mail (e-mail) message to one or more of the people on the trusted network.

8. The method of claim 7, wherein the e-mail message is delivered to the one or more people based on settings for the one or more people and based on links in the trusted network.

9. The method of claim 8, wherein the settings
comprise listening preferences that define which e-mail messages a person on the trusted network wants to receive.

10. The method of claim 7, wherein:
the trusted referrals relate to products and/or
services for sale; and
the e-mail message includes advertising that is
targeted to the one or more people and that relates to the products and/or services for sale.

11. The message of claim 1, wherein the information comprises a referral relating to a person, place or thing.

12. The method of claim 1, wherein using the
information comprises a buyer and a seller on the trusted network exchanging information relating to products and/or services for sale over the trusted network.

13. The method of claim 1, wherein the information comprises customer referrals for goods and/or services.

14. The method of claim 1, further comprising
obtaining data about a person on the trusted network of people;
wherein using the information comprises matching the person to a position based on the data about the person.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein the data comprises background information for the person and a desired
position.

16. The method of claim 15, wherein the background information comprises a personal profile that includes one or more of educational history, employment history, and skills of the person.

17. The method of claim 1, wherein the trusted
referrals comprise trust in judgment and/or trust in
professional competency/skills .

18. The method of claim 1, wherein:
at least one of the trusted referrals includes
information relating to a degree of trust; and
using the information comprises obtaining information relating to one or more of the people via the trusted network based on the degree of trust .

' 19. The method of claim 18, further comprising
obtaining a rating of trust for a person on the trusted network based on the degree of trust;
wherein obtaining the information comprises obtaining the information relating to the person only if the rating of trust for the person is greater than a predetermined rating.

20. The method of claim 19, wherein the rating is obtained based on information about the person that has been provided by people on the trusted network.

21. The method of claim 19, wherein the rating is obtained based on information about the person that has been provided by people on the trusted network and other people that are not on the trusted network.

22. The method of claim 18, wherein the degree of trust comprises an assessment of the professional competency of a person who is the subject of the at least one trusted referral .

23. A method comprising:
obtaining a referral via a computer-generated network of people who are linked to one another based on trust; and using the referral in a selection process.

24. The method of claim 23, wherein the selection process comprises screening based on the referral .

25. The method of claim 23, wherein screening
comprises screening potential candidates for a position.

26. The method of claim 23, wherein screening
comprises screening potential products for purchase/use.

27. The method of claim 23, wherein screening
comprises screening potential positions .

28. The method of claim 23, wherein screening
comprises screening potential investments.

29. The method of claim 23, wherein screening
comprises screening potential services for purchase.

30. A method comprising:
receiving information regarding types of messages that can be received via a trusted network of people;
receiving a message via the trusted network of people; screening the message based on the information; and delivering the message if the message comports with the information.

31. The method of claim 30, wherein the information regarding types of messages that can be received comprises listening preferences which are provided via a computer-generated graphical user interface.

32. The method of claim 31, wherein the types of messages are defined based on one or more of the following: a specific level on the trusted network, specific people on the trusted network, and/or specific streams on the trusted network.

33. The method of claim 31, wherein the types of messages are defined by a subject matter of the message.

34. A computer program stored on a computer-readable medium, the computer program comprising executable
instructions that cause a computer to:
obtain trusted referrals from people;
link at least some of the people based on the trusted referrals to create a trusted network on a computer; and
use information on the trusted network.

35. The computer program of claim 34, wherein
obtaining comprises/receiving the referrals in response to requests .

36. The computer program of claim 34, wherein linking comprises storing relationships between at least some of the people that define at least a portion of the trusted network.

37. The computer program of claim 34, wherein:
each person on the trusted network comprises a node of the trusted network; and
the computer program further comprises instructions to store information in association with nodes of the trusted network.

38. The computer program of claim 37, wherein the information relates to a person corresponding to a node of the trusted network.

39. The computer program of claim 38, wherein the information comprises an assessment relating to competency of the person corresponding to the node.

40. The computer program of claim 34, wherein using the information comprises sending an electronic mail (e-mail) message to one or more of the people on the trusted network.

41. The computer program of claim 40, wherein the e-mail message is delivered to the one or more people based on settings for the one or more people and based on links in the trusted network.

42. The computer program of claim 41, wherein the settings comprise listening preferences that define which e-mail messages a person on the trusted network wants to receive.

43. The computer program of claim 40, wherein:
the trusted referrals relate to products and/or
services for sale; and
the e-mail message includes advertising that is
targeted to the one or more people and that relates to the products and/or services 'for sale.

44. The message of claim 34, wherein the information comprises a referral-'relating to a person, place or thing.

45. The computer program of claim 34, wherein using the information comprises a buyer and a seller on the trusted network exchanging information relating to products and/or services for sale over the trusted network.

46. The computer program of claim 34, wherein the information comprises customer referrals for goods and/or services.

47. The computer program of claim 34, further
comprising instructions to obtain data about a person on the trusted network of people;
wherein using the information comprises matching the person to a position based on the data about the person.

48. The computer program of claim 47, wherein the data comprises background information for the person and a desired position.

49. The computer program of claim 48 , wherein the background information comprises a personal profile that includes one or more of educational history, employment history, and skills of the person.

50. The computer program of glai 34 , wherein the trusted referrals comprise trust in judgment and/or trust in professional competency/ skills .

51. The computer program of claim 34, wherein:
at least one of the trusted referrals includes
information relating to a degree of trust; and
using the information comprises obtaining information relating to one or more of the people via the trusted network based on the degree of trust .

52. The computer program of claim 51, further
comprising instructions to obtain a rating of trust for a person on the trusted network based on the degree of trust ; wherein obtaining the information comprises obtaining the information relating to the person only if the rating of trust for the person is greater than a predetermined rating.

53. The computer program of claim 52, wherein the rating is obtained based on information about the person that has been provided by people on the trusted network.

54. The computer program of claim 52 , wherein the rating is obtained based on information about the person that has been provided by people on the trusted network and other people that are not on the trusted network.

55. The computer program of claim 51, wherein the degree of trust comprises an assessment of the professional competency of a person who is the subject of the at least one trusted referral .

56. A computer program stored on a computer-readable medium, the computer program comprising executable
instructions that cause a computer to:
receive information regarding types of messages that can be received via a trusted network of people;
receive a message via the trusted network of people;
screen the message based on the information; and
deliver the message if the message comports with the information.

57. The computer program of claim 56, wherein the information regarding types of messages that can be received comprises listening preferences which are provided via a computer-generated graphical user interface.

58. The computer program of claim 57, wherein the types of messages are defined based on one or more of the following: a specific level on the trusted network, specific people on the trusted network, and/or specific streams on the trusted network.

59. The computer program of claim 57, wherein the types of messages are defined by a subject matter of the message.

60. An apparatus comprising
a memory which stores executable instructions; and
a processor which executes the instructions to:
obtain trusted referrals from people;
link at least some of the people based on the
trusted referrals to create a trusted network in
memory; and
use information on the trusted network.

61. The apparatus of claim 60, wherein obtaining comprises receiving the referrals in response to requests .

62. The apparatus of claim 60, wherein linking
comprises storing relationships between at least some of the people that define at least a portion of the trusted
network.

63. The apparatus of claim 60, wherein:
each person on the trusted network comprises a node of the trusted network; and
the apparatus further executes instructions to store information in association with nodes of the trusted
network.

64. The apparatus of claim 63, wherein the information relates to a person corresponding to a node of the trusted network.

65. The apparatus of claim 64, wherein the information comprises an assessment relating to competency of the person corresponding to the node.

66. The apparatus of claim 60, wherein using the information comprises sending an electronic mail (e-mail) message to one or more of the people on the trusted network.

67. The apparatus of claim 66 , wherein the e-mail message is delivered to the one or,more people based on settings for the one or more people and based on links in the trusted network.

68. The apparatus of claim 67, wherein the settings comprise listening preferences that define which e-mail messages a person on the trusted network wants to receive.

69. The apparatus of claim 66, wherein:
the trusted referrals relate to products and/or
services for sale; and
the e-mail message includes advertising that is
targeted to the one or more people and that relates to the products and/or services for sale.

70. The message of claim 60, wherein the information comprises a referral relating to a person, place or thing.

71. The apparatus of claim 60, wherein using the information comprises a buyer and a seller on the trusted network exchanging information relating to products and/or services for sale over the trusted network.

72. The apparatus of claim 60, wherein the information comprises customer referrals for goods and/or services.

73. The apparatus of claim 60, further comprising instructions to obtain data about a person on the trusted network of people;
wherein using the information comprises matching the person to a position based on the data about the person.

74. The apparatus of claim 73, wherein the data comprises background information for the person and a desired position.

75. The apparatus of claim 74, wherein the background information comprises a personal profile that includes one or more of educational history, employment history, and skills of the person.

76. The apparatus of claim 60, wherein the trusted referrals comprise trust in judgment and/or trust in professional competency/skills .

77. The apparatus of claim 60 , wherein:
at least one of the trusted referrals includes
information relating to a degree of trust; and using the information comprises obtaining information relating to one or more of the people via the trusted network based on the degree of trust.

78. The apparatus of claim 77, further comprising instructions to obtain a rating of trust for a person on the trusted network based on the degree of trust;
wherein obtaining the information comprises obtaining the information relating to the person only if the rating of trust for the person is greater than a predetermined rating.

79. The apparatus of claim 78, wherein the rating is obtained based on information about the person that has been provided by people on the trusted network.

80. The apparatus of claim 78, wherein the rating is obtained based on information about the person that has been provided by people on the trusted network and other people that are not on the trusted network.

81. The apparatus of claim 77, wherein the degree of trust comprises an assessment of the professional competency of a person who is the subject of the at least one trusted referral .

82 . An apparatus comprising :
a memory which stores executable instructions; and
a processor which executes the instructions to:
receive information regarding types of messages that can be received via a trusted network of people;
receive a message via the trusted network of
people;
screen the message based on the information; and
deliver the message if the message comports with the information.

83. The apparatus of claim 82, wherein the information regarding types of messages that can be received comprises listening preferences which are provided via a computer-generated graphical user" interface.

84. The apparatus of claim 83, wherein the types of messages are defined" based on one or more of the following: a specific level on the trusted network, specific people on the trusted network, and/or specific streams on the trusted network .

85. The apparatus of claim 84, wherein the types of messages are defined by a subject matter of the message.