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System for group notification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000208812D
Publication Date: 2011-Jul-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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System for group notification

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System for group notification

This article describes a notification system for when group constraints are met.

The following scenario may occur many times:
Scenario 1
John wants to discuss a topic with five people in an IM environment when all, or a significant subset, of the individuals in that group become available. Likewise, John would like to be notified if the most important persons become available (e.g. the x most senior persons in the organisation). John now has to manually check when all of these persons (or a significant subset) become available. Currently, John's IM notification system only alerts him if individuals become available.

It would be beneficial if John could add a defined alert (such as a text alert, email, or sound) when every member of the created (or a significant subset) group becomes available.

Scenario 2

John has an upcoming meeting with five people, but he would like to be notified if they all become available before then. If he gets this notification then he has the possibility of bring the meeting forward. Currently, John's IM notification system only alerts him if individuals become available. It would be beneficial if John could add a defined alert (such as a text alert, email, or sound) when every member of a meeting (or a significant subset) of the meeting attendees becomes available.

The group notification system would prevent the prerequisite social context of prearranging appointments amongst users within an online environment.

There are many advantages to this system:
- Time is saved makes work more efficient
This would have business implications, for example, where a meeting is required with all of a certain amount of people being logged in to a Messaging System. If there is an issue that needs to be discussed by, say, five people, a user, who could be the coordinator of the meeting discussion, could, instead of proposing a strict meeting time, open a chat window after receiving notification that all relevant members are online. This could save a lot of time as an issue could be discussed in an "off-the-cuff" meeting that could be some hours/days before a similar meeting could otherwise be held by strict appointment based on user schedules.

On a Social Networking site, where there is a group, similarly, a system where a notification is sent when all members of a group are online could also be useful. This could allow, for example, six friends in a group, have an previously unplanne...