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Method and System for Notifying a User about Status of a Draft Email after a Period of Time

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000218465D
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 19K

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Abstract

A method and system for notifying a user about status of a draft email after a period of time is disclosed.

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Method and System for Notifying a User about Status of a Draft Email after a Period of Time

Disclosed is a method and system for notifying a user about status of a draft email after a period of time. The method makes the user aware of drafts of an email existing in the draft stage for a specified period of time by alerting the user that the email was drafted but not completed and sent. The method determines an alert time for an e-mail in draft mode. The alert time can be specified by the user or determined from content of the drafted email. The alert time can be derived based on the recipient of the email. For example, if the email is addressed to a manager, then the alert time may be shorter than emails drafted for friends. The alert time may change based on amount of content in the draft. If the e-mail draft is few words, then the alert time may not be as short as that of a longer e-mail with an attachment. Further, the alert time may change based on keywords predefined by the drafter beforehand. For example, the user may specify that if the words 'ASAP' or 'results' are part of the text of an e-mail, then the alert time should be automatically shorter. The alert time may be shorter if the email is a reply to an e-mail received by the user.

When the alert time of an e-mail approaches, an e-mail application end user is alerted that the e-mail is in the draft mode. The user may then choose to re-commence drafting or sending the email, or to defer the drafting of...