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Instant Messenger Inbound And Outbound Recent List

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020604D
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 provides an instant messenger inbound and outbound recent list. Recent lists allow the user to quickly recall, and/or initiate an instant message session with, the last "x" number of inbound and outbound instant messenger users; where "x" is an integer There are several different levels of recent lists that may be considered for instant messenger implementation. Examples of levels include global and group.

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Instant Messenger Inbound And Outbound Recent List

Disclosed is software that provides an instant messenger inbound and outbound recent list. Recent lists allow the user to quickly recall, and/or initiate an instant message session with, the last "x" number of inbound and outbound instant messenger users; where "x" is an integer There are several different levels of recent lists that may be considered for instant messenger implementation. Examples of levels include global and group.

Today's instant messenger clients lack the ability to instantly list recent inbound and/or outbound instant messenger contacts. For example:

1) Sara is not in Joe's instant messenger buddy list.
2) Sara initiates an instant messenger session with Joe and they converse.
3) The instant messenger session is terminated.
4) Five minutes later, Joe remembers something he wanted to tell Sara.
5) Sara is not in Joe's instant messenger buddy list, and Joe does not know Sara's instant messenger address.

In yet another example:

1) Sara is in Joe's instant messenger buddy list. Sara works in marketing. Joe has many marketing people in his buddy list.
2) Joe initiates an instant messenger session with Sara and they converse.
3) The instant messenger session is terminated.
4) 45 minutes later, Joe and coworkers are discussing a marketing topic and have a marketing question.
5) Joe remembers instant messaging with someone from marketing earlier who may have the answer, but can't remember who it was.

In the disclosed software, the user can configure his instant messenger client to store the last "x" inbound and outbound contacts; where "x" is an integer. Inbound and outbound store lists may be configured separately. For example, a user may store the last five inbound and last two outbound. These store lists can be individually configured to persist instant messenger client exits and restarts. Inbound instant messenger contacts may or may not b...