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Instant messaging meeting chat history function

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131775D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Nov-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 98K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Instant messaging meetings are initiated when an individual sends a particular chat message to a group of more than one recipients. As each of the invited individuals joins, he/she receives chat messages sent from any of the other participants from that moment on. A limitation of this approach is that information exchanged prior to joining the meeting is not available, and therefore someone that joins late does not have the full context of the chat. This can lead to misunderstandings, or, at best, to time wasted by having to bring new joiners up to date with what has already been discussed. This invention eliminates the restriction by providing the full transcript of the chat as a participant joins. The particpant can then read quickly the prior exchange and have the full context to be able to participate meaningfully.

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Instant messaging meeting chat history function

As each new participant joins, the event is captured by the chat client of the initiator of the meeting. The client captures the transcript of the chat (the initiator of the meeting has the full history) and sends it as a private message to the new joiner. The following diagrams show the flow of events in the most simplified case.

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