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Automatic Cancellation of Message Follow Up Actions In Response to Received Messages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000226405D
Publication Date: 2013-Apr-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

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Abstract

A method for automatic cancellation of message follow up actions in response to received messages is disclosed.

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Automatic Cancellation of Message Follow Up Actions In Response to Received Messages

Disclosed is a method for automatic cancellation of message follow up actions in response to received messages.

Follow-ups are reminders to perform additional communication at some later time. Managing follow-ups, in addition to performing the actual communication, are meant to remind and add yet one more task to a multitasking user's list of tasks. This means that follow-ups do not effectively reduce the number of tasks the user must perform. Instead it replaces one task (remember to follow-up) with another task (remember to cancel the follow-up).

The number of tasks a user must perform may be reduced by associating original messages with replies and automatically performing a variety of follow-up actions without user intervention. The follow-up actions can be specified by the user at the time the user creates the follow-up or the contents of the messages may be used to infer a follow-up action and/or the parameters to a follow-up action. Actions such as cancellation, delaying, or changing an attribute of a persistent display may be taken.

Currently messaging systems add optional headers to their messages which allow for the association of related messages. A sender sending an original message, which has an id with value X, associated with it, may be sent to one or more receivers. The receivers may then optionally generate replies (with their own ids) which reference the origin...