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Instant Message Conversation Forwarding

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020603D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 9K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is software that stores an instant message conversation to be forwarded upon continuation of that conversation with new or prior instant message participants.

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Instant Message Conversation Forwarding

Disclosed is software that stores an instant message conversation to be forwarded upon continuation of that conversation with new or prior instant message participants.

Although instant messages are delivered quickly, a quick response is not guaranteed. For example:

1) John sends Sara an instant message with a question.
2) Sara does not respond.
3) John waits a few minutes and then closes his instant message window to Sara.
4) Two hours later Sara replies to John's instant message with "yes".
5) John forgot what he asked her.

Other times, new instant message participants are invited to join an ongoing instant message conversation. The new participants do not receive a copy of the conversation up to this point. For example:

1) John and Sara are exchanging instant messages.
2) John invites Paul to join the conversation. Paul joins.
3) The next message to come across is "yes" from Sara.
4) Paul can't see the prior messages and won't be able to understand the conversation until he is brought up to speed.

The disclosed software solves the above two problems by forwarding the instant message conversation to the appropriate participants. This feature may be set to off, prompt, or automatic at the global, group, and individual level. Additionally, the user may configure which parts of the conversation are forwarded at the global, group, and individual level. Below are example configuration options:

1) Forward the entire conversation.
2) Forward the last "n" messages regardless of which user authored the message; where "n" is an integer. An option is present to filter particular users messages from a conversation so they are not forwarded.
3) Forward up to the last "n" messages from a particular user. For example, if John sent twenty messages, Sara could configure her client to forward everything from John's last message to John's third oldest message.

Example implementation: automatic

1) John sends Sara an instant message with a question.
2) Sara...