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System and method to force a blanket IM status on a group of individuals based on social network status

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000180230D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Mar-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Mar-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method where you can give a chair of a meeting the rights to force a blanket status across all the IM clients in the meeting based on the fact that they are collaborating within the same social network.

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System and method to force a blanket IM status on a group of individuals based on social network status

A meeting moderator is seen as someone who drives the flow of a meeting, solicits people to do tasks, and records action items. Sometimes a moderator doesn't have full control over a meeting and this can be caused by, for example:

1. The room is very full and each person is preoccupied with other tasks
2. The people on a conference call are engaged with other individuals

What if a moderator were given control to force a status on a group of individuals based on the fact that the moderator is collaborating with them at that point in time?

A system and method is described where a user can force a blanket status on a group of individuals providing they are in the same social circle such as a meeting, web conference or telephone conference.

In conventional art the "Away", "Do not disturb", "In a meeting" and "Active" semantic is enforced from the receivers client by setting an associated status. Once this status is set it allows users trying to contact you to see what you are doing and if you are available for contact. This feature exists in most IM applications today. Situations arise when it is deemed absolutely necessary for one to force a blanket status on a group of individuals in order for certain actions to take place, examples are as follows :

A meeting moderator is trying to get a point across in a important meeting and all

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he/she can hear is users in the meeting typing away on their laptops as more and more "pings" come in from their IM clients, this is very frustrating for the moderator who is under the impression at that point that no one is listening. This can create frus...