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Grouping Instant Messaging Chat Participants

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000184310D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jun-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jun-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is software to group instant messaging chat participants. During remote meetings, common initial questions regard the location of the remote party and whom the remote party is with. The disclosed software will capture and communicate this information to instant messaging users in a particular group chat session.

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Grouping Instant Messaging Chat Participants

Disclosed is software to group instant messaging chat participants. During remote meetings, common initial questions regard the location of the remote party and whom the remote party is with. The disclosed software will capture and communicate this information to instant messaging users in a particular group chat session.

There are several known ways to capture and present an instant messaging users location. For example, an instant messaging client can look up the user's location in an electronic company directory. In another example, the user's network router location can be used to approximate the user's location. In general, this type of location information is often approximate for mobile users. For example, the location information may show the user is in New York City, but not the street name, building number, floor number, and room number.

For instant messaging group chats, it is often desired and helpful to know where the participants are located and whom they are seated with. The disclosed software can be used to manually capture and communicate this information. This saves meeting time leading to improved productivity. The more participants in the group chat, the more time that can usually be saved using the disclosed software.

Example Implementation:

The disclosed software will visually group chat participants in the instant messaging client window. For example:

Sam: Hi folks.

Marketing=Sara: Hello everyone. IBM=John, Paul, Megan: Good Morning!

In the above example, chat participants can clearly see that John, Paul, and Megan are seated together and the message "Good Morning!" came from Megan. In the example, "Megan" is bolded to visually identify Megan as the sender. The sender's name should be visually different for identification. The sender's name can be bolded, circled, in a different font, underlined, or shown in a different color to differentiate it from other names in the group. For audit purposes, John, Paul, and Megan are each using their own computer, logged in with their own instant messenger user ID. The names are shown side-by-side in the chat window for visual grouping purposes only.

For group instant messaging chats, a user is often invited by another user, or there is a predetermined time for all users to enter a group chat in a virtual conference. For example, when a user receives a chat invitation, the user would see dynamic listings of users that have been invited and users that have already joined.

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