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SHARED CONTACT INFORMATION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126839D
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 22K

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Abstract

System and Method of sharing contact information Typically, groups of two or more people have sets of common contact information in their address books. It is currently tedious to keep and share this information with others who are interested. Currently, when a contact is created that two people want in their address book, either: both of the people individually enter the information into their address books, or one of the people enters the information into their own address book, goes into the mail application, and then sends the contact to the other person who can then open the message and import the contact. One both people have the contact information on their devices, another situation arises. If the contact information changes, in order for both people to update the information, either: both people have to individually make the modification, or one person has to make the changes and then send the contact to the other person who opens the message and replaces the old contact with the new one. The solution to the above problem is to implement a shared address book scheme. A user can add an email address (a “contact recipient”) to a contact in their address book either when it is created, or at a later time. Modifications are sent to all of the specified recipients when/if contact information changes. The entire contact is sent upon its first being created. When the contact recipient receives the mail, he or she can choose to accept or decline the changes. If they accept, the changes are then applied to their address book, and the sender’s name is added as a contact recipient to their address book entry. From this point on, whenever changes are made by either one of the contact recipients, the modifications are propagated to the other contact recipient. As a result, the content of the address book is easily kept up to date. An additional advantage to this idea is that all of one’s friends could be entered as contact recipients on one’s address book entry. Then, using the device, the user can simply update their own contact information if it changes. These alterations will then automatically get sent to everyone else.

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SHARED CONTACT INFORMATION

System and Method of sharing contact information

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Typically, groups of two or more people have sets of common contact information in their address books.  It is currently tedious to keep and share this information with others who are interested. 

Currently, when a contact is created that two people want in their address book, either: both of the people individually enter the information into their address books, or one of the people enters the information into their own address book, goes into the mail application, and then sends the contact to the other person who can then open the message and import the contact.

One both people have the contact information on their devices, another situation arises.  If the contact information changes, in order for both people to update the information, either: both people have to individually make the modification, or one person has to make the changes and then send the contact to the other person who opens the message and replaces the old contact with the new one. 

The solution to the above problem is to implement a shared address book scheme.  A user can add an email address (a “contact recipient”) to a contact in their address book either when it is created, or at a later time.  Modifications are sent to all of the specified recipients when/if contact information changes.  The entire contact is sent upon its first being created.

When the contact recipient receives the mail, he...