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A Method and System for Sharing Pre-Existing Group Chat History with New Participants

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240987D
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for sharing pre-existing group chat history with new participants. The method and system allows new participants who join a group chat already in progress to view the pre-existing chat history.

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A Method and System for Sharing Pre -Existing Group Chat History with New Participants

A new participant may join an already existing group chat, however, the pre-existing history of the group chat may not be displayed to the new participant. Mostly, the new participant relies on the participants already present in the group chat to copy and paste the pre-existing chat history. By copying and pasting the pre-existing history of the chat by the other participant, the new participant may be able to review the history of the chat prior to joining the group chat. Most particularly in larger group where critical and/or time sensitive information needs to be communicated, sharing the group chats can be distracting for all other participants. Further, the participants need to scroll through the repasted information so that everyone present on the group chat fully understands the current status of the conversation.

Disclosed is a method and system for sharing pre-existing group chat history with new participants. The method and system allows new participants to view the pre-existing chat history of a group chat that already exists. The new participant can view the pre-existing chat without help of other participants where the other participants copy and paste the pre-existing chat history. The pre-existing chat history within the group chat can be from the beginning of the chat, from a certain point in time of the chat, or from the time a particular participant joined the group chat.

When a user joins a pre-existing group chat, the user may be prompted to select among many options. An option can be allowing users to view the full group chat history from the beginning of the group chat. The beginning of the group chat may include at least three participants joining the group chat. Another option can be allowing users to view group chat from the point in time that the inviter of the group chat joined the group chat. Yet another option can be allowing users to view the group chat from a particular point at which a particular participant nevertheless not the inviter joined the group chat. Initiators of the group chat may also possess the ability to control the new participants (e.g. new joiner) options at the start of the group chat. The options may include allowing all new participants to access the chat from the beginning or from the point in time that the inviter joined the group chat. The inviter...