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Method to automatically change the status in an IM application based on the current location

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126521D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jul-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jul-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Automatically change the status and associated message displayed in the buddy list based on location changes. Repetitive user actions (e.g., "Every time I come back to my office I have to change my status.") can be eliminated.

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Method to automatically change the status in an IM application based on the current location

Background :

     Instant message applications have become very popular these days. The "buddy list" of these application shows users and their status (on-line, inactive, don't disturb, away, etc....) with an associated message (e.g.,"at work... x3566"). The user can take direct action to change the status/message, but there is currently only one limited way for the user to configure the application to change the status/message automatically: set an inactivity time-out.

Invention:

     This invention provides the way to automatically change that status and the associated message of the instant message applications based on the location of the device.

The instant message application has the following configuration information.
1. Status profiles, which contain an association of status (e.g., away, on-line, inactive, etc.) with a message (e.g., "at work").
2. Location profiles, which would include a GPS location, a radius defining an area stretching out around that location, and the identifier for a status profile.

     The instant message application does the following steps to automatically change that status and the associated message
3. The instant message application polls or registers to receive location information from a provider of such information (e.g., a software interface to GPS hardware).
4. When the application thereby detects that it is within the area defined in one of the...