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System and Method for Monitoring Instant Messaging

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131921D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 9K

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Abstract

There are currently two flavours of IM - corporate and public IM. For example, I have a MSN account to communicate with all my friends. I also use MSN via the LCS to communicate with colleagues at work. Furthermore, at work, you can only log in at one instance at a time (i.e., at desktop or onto PDA).

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IM Presence Monitoring

System and Method for Monitoring Instant Messaging

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There are currently two flavours of IM - corporate and public IM. For example, I have a MSN account to communicate with all my friends. I also use MSN via the LCS to communicate with colleagues at work. Furthermore, at work, you can only log in at one instance at a time (i.e., at desktop or onto PDA).

Currently you can only log onto one of these accounts. There is no way of seamlessly transitioning between two accounts or two or more instances of the same account (i.e., PDA and desktop).

The gist of this invention is to actively logon to a particular instance of IM based on user presence, change of state or activity.

For example, a user may have 3 instances of IM – (1) corporate IM on desktop, (2) mobile corporate IM on PDA, or (3) public IM.

When a user logs in the system (via Windows authentication), he/she is automatically logged into corporate IM. When there is no activity on the desktop (or actively makes yourself unavailable), then the user is automatically logged into the mobile corporate IM via PDA, so that he/she is "always on". 

When the user logs off his computer at end of the day, he/she is logged off corporate IM on desktop and automatically logged into public IM on his device.

How the system will do this is to store a public / corporate IM profile for a user. The LCS server will also track the active / inactive state.

A more general pattern is an automatic "follow...