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Control of owner user name in non owned buddy lists

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041250D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Feb-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 22K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Buddy list management for instant messaging programs is obvious for your own lists, but it would be nice to have the ability to manage your entry on someone else's buddy list. There are several different methods to allow this depending on the infrastructure of the instant messaging system.

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Control of owner user name in non owned buddy lists

     Management of buddy lists used in instant messaging systems is an important aspect of the instant messaging experience. As with E-mail systems, sorting, grouping, and labeling the entries in your buddy list allows you to quickly and easily perform many tasks associated with ease of use. There is no control or indication, however, of which other instant messaging users have your user name listed in their buddy list(s).

     There are several methods of enabling the owner of a user name to determine which other users have placed the owner's user name on their buddy lists, and allowing an owner to edit or delete their user name from another user's buddy list. This can inhibit the growth of instant messaging spam.

     One method to enable an owner of a user name to determine which other users have placed the owner's user name on their buddy list is to utilize mirrored buddy lists on the messaging server. When a user logs on to a messenging server, a copy of their current buddy list is sent from the messaging client to the server if the buddy list is not already saved on the messaging server. If a particular user wishes to determine what other users have his or her user name in a buddy list, that user sends a command from their messaging client to the server to query all buddy lists and report by user the buddy lists that contain the owner's user name. Using this report a user name owner can then edit or delete their user nam...