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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.

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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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