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A Messaging System with message content relationship support

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031758D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Oct-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Oct-08
Document File: 4 page(s) / 119K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This article proposes a mechanism for helping organizing the content relationship among messages. Under its help, the messaging based application user interface and could be more tidy and friendly by integrating, updating or complementing the message content according the instruction of message content relationships.

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A Messaging System with message content relationship support

Messaging services like email and Short Message Service (SMS) are widely used today. People use the messaging services to exchange information between the buddies and communicate with the back- end services. With the features such as guaranteed delivery and notification enabling, messaging services provide non-absent and effective ways of communication in people's daily life. However, there still exist some inconveniences for people to use messaging services currently. Considering the following scenarios:

1. Buddy chat: Message inbox on the messaging client is used to store all the received messages coming from different resources. The functions upon received messages are very limited today. For example, the inbox simply stores all received messages chronologically, even those messages that are sent from the same source and contain contents related to the same topic. There is no mechanism currently for extracting the group of the related messages, which means, during the process of chatting involving multiple users, the messages that have been generated and exchanged are treated equally. To each involved talking buddy, all the received messages are stored in the same message inbox with no distinction, regardless whether or not they are related to the topic talking. When the messaging user wants to view the history of talking, he could only view the messages one by one in the message inbox. The lack of the content relationship among received messages makes it impossible to provide an easy way for the messaging client to extract the group of the content related messages.
2. Traffic monitoring messaging service: Some messaging service providers provide the traffic monitoring messaging service. Such service periodically sends its subscribers the real time traffic information that may include the picture of the traffic locale and other related information like sending one message per two minutes. Although this kind of services may be very helpful to the subscribers, the subscribers' experience is not so satisfying because the they have to manually deal with such periodically received messages in the current messaging system, otherwise the arrived monitoring messages would quickly fill up the message client storage and block other incoming messages. If the messaging system could identify that the monitoring messages are content-related and replace the old monitoring message with the newly arriving one automatically, the user experience would be improved.
3. Sports living broadcast messaging service: The sports living broadcast messaging service serves the sports fans the real time sports event information via messages. The message may include the real time sports score, pictures of the wonderful shots, comments, etc. In current messaging system, when a sports event like score-changing happens, a new message is generated and sent to the sports fans. The sports fans have to extrac...