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Method and System for Managing an Instant Messaging Application Session based on a Status Mode

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236683D
Publication Date: 2014-May-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for managing an instant messaging application session based on a status mode. The method and system controls communication between a user and one or more contacts of the user according to the status mode and preferences of the user.

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Method and System for Managing an Instant Messaging Application Session based on a Status Mode

Disclosed is a method and system for managing an instant messaging application session based on a status mode. The method and system controls communication between a user and one or more contacts of the user according to the status mode and preferences of the user.

In one implementation, the method and system firstly enables a user to create one or more privacy groups. In response to the creation of a privacy group by the user, the method and system prompts the user to define a priority level for the one or more privacy groups. The priority level can be one or more of maximum and limited. The method and system also enables the user to assign one or more descriptive tags for the one or more privacy groups.

The method and system then allows the user to manually import one or more contacts into the one or more privacy groups. The method and system can also identify a person as a new contact for the user when the user contacts the person for the first time. The method and system can accordingly enable the user to associate the new contact with one or more of a new privacy group and one or more existing privacy groups. In one implementation, the method and system enables the user to include the new contact in one or more existing privacy groups by presenting a selection box containing a list of the one or more existing privacy groups to the user. In response to a selection, the method and system prompts the user to associate one or more tags with the new contact. The one or more tags can be one or more of a free-form text and tags chosen from a system provided listing.

The method and system also allows a dynamic modification of the one or more privacy groups by analyzing associations between one or more potential contacts of the user with the one or more tags assigned to the one or more privacy groups. The one or more potential contacts of the user are obtained by searching one or more input sources. The one or more input sources can include one or more internal or external data sources. The internal data sources can include, but need not be limited to, a contact list and a chat history in the IM application or an email system. The external data sources can include one or more company directories, web portals, or...