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Status logging of chat buddies

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016056D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jul-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

An approach is outlined for peer to peer logging of contact status using a chat client and an open network (the Internet). This approach will become an embedded function as more and more relationships move to the online space. For example: Business to Business: "I'm buying a house, has my lawyer logged on at any point today as I've been busy in meetings?" Business to Business: "I'm a sales representative, has my customer been online recently?"

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Status logging of chat buddies

An approach is outlined for peer to peer logging of contact status using a chat client and an open network (the Internet).

    This approach will become an embedded function as more and more relationships move to the online space. For example:

    Business to Business: "I'm buying a house, has my lawyer logged on at any point today as I've been busy in meetings?"

    Business to Business: "I'm a sales representative, has my customer been online recently?"

    Business to Employee: "I'm a manager, has my employee logged in at any point today?"

    Personal: "I'm on a dating server, has my potential date been online?" Parental Control System: "I'm a parent, why were my children online at 2am? This information may clearly be held centrally at the chat service provider, but - until now - the client, although presented with status information throughout the connection, is unable to log that information. One fundamental aspect of a chat system is to present users with contact status information, our approach does not expose any information not available to the client, our approach just makes it available retrospectively.

    Today this feature does not exist in Sametime Connect, MSN Messenger or AOL messenger.

The ouput of this program over a period of time is as follows:

This approach could be extended to allow a generalized tracking and profiling system for contact management.

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