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Partner Dependent Busy Indicators For Instant Messaging Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031668D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Oct-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Oct-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The concept of being active or not today in instant-messaging applications is global. The user is either active, away, or in 'do not disturb' mode. The active/away feature is usually automatically implemented based on the user's usage of the computer input devices but the 'do not disturb' (DND) mode is set only by the user. Most instant-messaging implementation also allow the grouping of messaging partners as in a "buddy" list. But the user's availability or DND-ness is still a global setting. Basically the idea is to be able to set DND/availability status based on users or groups of users as defined by the collaboration software. The availability status would include what topics you are available to discuss on a configurable schedule. Implementation is possible in instant-messaging or other collaborative software packages like Lotus workplaces.

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Partner Dependent Busy Indicators For Instant Messaging Applications

Multiple availability indicators are enabled for individual partners (co-collaborators, buddies, etc) or groups as defined by an instant messaging application.

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