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Location dependant profile for Instant Messaging Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028006D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Apr-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 94K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Instant messaging applications like for example SameTime Connect allow users to provide online status messages, which other users can see when they traverse an user on the active user list with their mouse. Many use this feature to let other user know under which phone number they are currently reachable. When a user switches his physical location he also has to switch this status message manually, something which is easily forgotten and gives other users the wrong information. Especially large companies (but similar dialing nodes of ISPs) provide DHCP services for their travelling users, that is user A - based in location A and normally has an IP address from a range A assigned - will get an IP address from range B when visiting location B and connecting to the network. This location dependent information can be used by the instant messaging application to check whether for this location already a profile, i.e. an online status message, exists and to display it , or if is not exists to prompt the user for location specific data or to select a default message.

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Location dependant profile for Instant Messaging Applications

1 Introduction and Problem

Our current business environment requires people to travel abroad but also to work flexible from different locations within the country - including from home.

However, not being in the office often meant not being able to be reached by

    As a consequence, old foxes came up with the idea to use their instant messaging tool to reveal their current location: Instant messaging applications like for example SameTime Connect allow users to provide online status messages, which other users can see when they traverse a user on the active user list with their mouse. In the past some used this feature to let other users know under which phone number they are currently reachable (see Figure 1).

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I am currently in ABC *123-2345, (NotesBuddy) 49-5678-11-2345

123-2345

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Figure 1: Example of a location message (SameTime Connect)

    However, when an user then switches his physical location he in parallel has to manually update his status message - something which is easily forgotten and gives other users the wrong impression.

2 Proposed solution

    Instant Messaging Applications are in reality used for far more than just chatting. A lot of people use it for instance to check whether others are logged on to their machine and can be contacted, whether they are away from their desk, or even entirely logged off.

    In order to further enhance the information provided by this tool and in order to solve above mentioned problem, the following solution can be proposed :

    Especially large companies (similar dial-in nodes of ISPs assumed) provide DHCP services for their travelling users, that is user A - based in location A and normally has an IP address from a range A assigned - will get an IP address from range B when visiting location B and connecting to the network.

    This location dependent information can be used by the instant messaging application:
- to check whether for this location already a profile, i.e. an online status message, exists and to display it , or

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- if it does not exist o to prompt the user for location specific data or o to select a default message.

    In order to make this happen, the Instant Messaging Application should make a series of fields permanently available in which the user can store his location dependent information (see Figure 2).

     I'm in my Home Office (Germany). Call me at ++49-5677-66789 I'm in ABC (Germany). Call me at ++49-5678-11-2345 (*123-2345 I'm in Paris (France). Call me at ++33-1 42 66 / 5321 (83-5321) Figure 2: Location information

    A logical interpretation of the node and a slight enhancement of the window in which the message partners are being displayed, would allow introducing an additional feature: To s...