Instant Messaging-based notification mechanism for appointment reminders, items available for pick-up and similar notifications
Original Publication Date: 2005-Nov-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-11
Instant messaging (IM) has become very important in today's connected world, so much so that many people rarely look at email - which is where many important reminders and messages are normally sent. Presented is a mechanism that will route notifications, reminders, and other status notifications to an IM client.
Instant Messaging-based notification mechanism for appointment reminders , items available for pick-up and similar notifications
A server application will have a connection to the Internet and be designed to run as a user on an IM network. The application can be connected to databases or an email server and can read the information from the data source and send appointment reminders, notifications and other messages to another user on an IM network. The user can also query the application to check on the status of other happenings. For instance, the program can notify someone they have a package ready for pick up at the post office, or that their package has just been picked up by UPS*. Additionally, the invention could be used to notify users, while at work, of items they may have neglected to add to their work calendar from their personal lives, for example, that they have a dentist appointment in 1 hour, even if they forgot to add this to their work calendar. The user can, of course, query the application as to the status packages, current stock prices, appointments, or add or edit new or existing notifications.
* UPS is a registered trademark of United Parcel Service