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System and method for affinity detection and management in multi-person chatting environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000219768D
Publication Date: 2012-Jul-12

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Abstract

In multi-person chatting environment, participants send message to each others in the same chat window, share the same session context. When more than one topic is going on in the same chat window, each participant might only be interested in partial of these topics. Participants have to read all messages one by one, then pick up the messages which they are interested in. When sending message, the message is sent to all other participants in the same chat window. Sender of the message cannot indicate which receiver(s) should be most relevant and interested in this message. A system and method is provided by this invention, by detecting affinity level between participants, it allows participant in the multi-person chatting environment to easily pick up the chat message which is most related to him, and easily ignore unconcerned chat message. This invention enables chatting experience similar to multi-party face2face talk in real life.

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System and method for affinity detection and management in multi-person chatting environment

Part I: What is the problem solved by your invention?

In multi-person chatting environment, participants send message to each others in the same chat window, share the same session context. Sometimes more than one topic is going on in the same chat window, and each participant might only be interested in partial of these topics. Since all messages are shown on the same chat window, in sequence as the timestamp of the messages. It is hard for participant to read and pick up the messages which they are interested in. Participants have to read all messages one byone and then pick up needed information manually. Sometimes this is time wasting and might bring trouble to participant to focuses on the topic(s) he is interested in.

Also when people are sending message, the message is sent to all other participants in the same chat window and be displayed to all of the participants. The message sender cannot indicate which receiver(s) should be most relevant and interested in this message. And it cannot bring attention to the specific receiver to read and react to this message. On the other hand, all other participants need to read the message as well before they know whether this message is relative to him or not. This situation will bring inconvenience to all the chat participants and will decrease chat efficiency. Some times you may find your message has no response from any one -- it is just ignored as nobody has noticed it!

Part II: What are the drawbacks of such known solution, or why is an additional solution required?

Prior Art #1: US 2006/0059235 A1 provides one method to allow multiple threads, or topics, to be managed and displayed within a single instant messaging session. Two message input areas are provided - one for inputting text to the first conversation thread and a second for inputting text that will commence a new (second) thread.

Prior Art #2: US 2010/0017483 A1provides a method to splitting the IM chat session into multiple parts based on the different topics shared between participants.

Both of above inventions provide the ability to maintain multiple topics in the same IM session. However it depends on the participant to determine if new topic is started and need to split the IM session to support multiple topics. Disadvantages of these methods are:

1. At one moment participant might need to monitor multiple topics each in a single area, which makes the case even worse. Considering the situation that multiple messages are sent to multiple topic areas very quickly. The person might need to read and reply on onetopic fast, and then quickly "switch" to another topic. The person could be very busy in short period. This is becausethe senders of messages in different topics might not aware this participant is involved in multiple topics at the same moment. Since these senders do not share the same session context.

2. As one sing...