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Email Alias with Multiple Addresses

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008626D
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-27
Document File: 7 page(s) / 122K

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SCOTT ALAN KENDALL: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

The present invention simplifies email correspondence by making it possible to store multiple addresses under one email alias so that a user can choose to send a note to one or more of the addressees email servers. In particular, the present invention allows incoming email notes to be shown as coming from an alias as long as the address matches one of the addresses for that alias. It also provides the ability to send to one of several known email addresses for a single person without having to recall multiple aliases or addresses. Also, it is able to send a note to all addresses to either contact a person in an expedient manner or to reestablish contact.

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Email Alias with Multiple Addresses

                    The present invention simplifies email correspondence by making it possible to store multiple addresses under one email alias so that a user can choose to send a note to one or more of the addressee’s email servers.  In particular, the present invention allows incoming email notes to be shown as coming from an alias as long as the address matches one of the addresses for that alias.  It also provides the ability to send to one of several known email addresses for a single person without having to recall multiple aliases or addresses.  Also, it is able to send a note to all addresses to either contact a person in an expedient manner or to reestablish contact.

                    Many people have multiple email accounts.  When receiving a note from such a person, it may be difficult to tell from whom the note was received because it may be difficult to recognize the various cryptic email addresses the person has.  Sending a note to one of these people may be difficult as well because a particular account may be used less than others for periods of time.  Often people change Internet providers, and so one of their addresses might change while others do not.  For example, a person may rarely check her home account but always checks her work account.  This may be true until her employer says that no more personal emails can be sent at work.  At this point, she may use her home account exclusively.  The second innovation allows the sender to choose the address to which a note is sent.  Knowing that she is no longer using her work account for personal notes, the user can use the same mail alias, but choose to send it to her home account.  To further complicate things, she may later change her service provider so that her home account becomes inactive.  The second innovation allows a person to send an email note to all addresses for that person.  This innovation is particularly useful if contact is being reestablished after a long period since the sender may not know of changes in email status.  It may also be useful if the sender needs to contact a person quickly.  By sending to all accounts, the first account opened will have the note.

                    Aliases are useful because remembering an email address is more difficult than remembering someone’s name.  Names are familiar while email addresses tend to violate spellin...