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User- and Group-Specific Message Lists for Instant Messaging on a Wireless Handheld Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130532D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The limited screen space and text entry methods for wireless handheld devices make instant messaging (IM) more difficult than on a laptop or desktop. One well-known technique to assist the user in communicating via instant messaging (IM) on handheld devices is the provision of an easily-accessed list of predefined and commonly used text messages. While this is a useful and convenient feature, only a single list of text messages are available for use across a wide variety of social interactions, such as those that occur in neutral, friendly, or professional contexts. Different social contexts almost invariably involve not only a different set of messages, but also a different expression of similar messages. For example, the five most frequent messages sent in a chat with a best friend from college are probably entirely different than the five most frequent messages sent to a team lead or first-line manager - even an initial "hello" may be expressed in many ways. Currently, implementations of this predefined message function do not support a wide variety of context-appropriate messages, thereby limiting its usefulness. Further, the instant messaging (IM) user is required to either use the messages that come by default with the IM application, or create entirely new ones.

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User- and Group-Specific Message Lists for Instant Messaging on a Wireless Handheld Device

In the preferred embodiment, the user defines the behavior and content of the predefined message list through a preferences-style interface. There are several actions the user can perform through this interface:

Specify which mode to use: manual, automatic, or some combination of both (if combined, a visual

differentiation, such as bolding the automatic messages, may be applied)

Set frequency threshold criteria for automatically adding sent messages to the list

Specify if automatically created message lists should be assigned to users and/or groups

Manually create messages and assign them to different users and/or groups (and how conflicts

between user and group assignments should be resolved) Remove messages so they no longer appear in the list during a chat


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In the context of a Mobile Client on a Pocket PC device, Figure 1 below demonstrates how a "Quicklist," which is the product-specific name for the predefined message list, may be improved with this invention. Figure 1A shows a rather generic set of messages, which is what most users must avail themselves to if they want to use this function across the population of people they will chat with. However, Figures 1B and 1C illustrate that, with this invention, the Quicklist may be specific, and dynamic, according to who the user is currently chatting with - Figure 1B shows a much more informal set of message...