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A New Method for Contacts Grouping in Instant Messaging Tools

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000176759D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Nov-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Nov-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

New Method for Contacts Grouping in Instant Messaging Tools Instance message tool plays more and more important role for communication in our life, such as MSN,SameTime,Yahoo Messenger,Gtalk Problems: Finding a people in contact list is a headache When people build their relationships with other people gradually, their contact list in Instance Message tool becomes more and more longer, so finding a people in there is a big trouble problem. Main idea Take one 'representative' contact as the Group Indicator - To provide the photo of specific contact as the symbol for the group, and only display these photos in contact list( Photo panel section), denoted as the Representative Contacts (RC) - Other contacts within the same group are hidden behind the icons of these Representative Contacts (RC). - On clicking on the RC' icons, the contacts within the same group will spread out and surround him/her, looks like sea star (this is only one of the ways to demonstrate this concept, in fact we would like to implement different animations)

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A New Method for Contacts Grouping in Instant Messaging Tools A New Method for Contacts Grouping in Instant Messaging Tools

Background

Instance message tool plays more and more important role for communication in our life, such as MSN,SameTime,Yahoo

Messenger,Gtalk

-Problems: Finding a people in contact list is a headache

When people build their relationships with other people gradually, their contact list in Instance Message tool becomes more and

more longer, so finding a people in there is a big trouble problem.

-Current way

Generally,

and so on, indeed, this way

tries to classify people into different group so that we can find it quickly, but it is still not easy to remember who are in

we group our friends by a group name, such as Classmates, Colleagues, SOA Testing team-

which group through only a group name. But it is also hard to find a name in more and more longer contact list .

Prior Art

I did not find any existing methods that work the same way as the one proposed here

Main Idea

Take one 'representative' contact as the Group Indicator

-To provide the photo of specific contact as thesymbol for the group, and only display these photos in contact list( Photo panel

section), denoted as the Representative Contacts (RC)

-Other contacts within the same group are hiddenbehind the icons of these Representative Contacts (RC).

-On clicking on the RC' icons, the contacts within the same group will spread out and surround him/her, looks like sea star

(this is only one of the ways to demo...