Using Bluetooth Technology for Mobile Social Networking.

Bluefriend is a novel application for mobile devices that takes advantage of Bluetooth functionalities to create mobile social networks. Our application runs on PDA and mobile phones equipped with a Bluetooth adapter. Bluefriend periodically scans the environment in search for other members of the Bluefriend community; when found, ``virtual personal cards'' (VPCs) are exchanged with information about: user preferences, likes/dislikes, etc. to assess the degree of matching among found users. High degrees of matching result in the exchange of personal information and contact details so that connected users are aware of how to reach each other in a future.

Bluefriend combines the efforts to promote human relationships in virtual reality environments, such as Second Life's virtual community, embracing Weiser's vision of an ubiquitous computing world, while targeting real-life scenarios.

Bluefriend was accepted as a poster paper on the 6th Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (Mobiquitous 2009). July 13 - 16, 2009. Radisson Hotel Admiral Toronto HarbourFront, Toronto, Canada.

Example snapshot of the application: successful match