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Method to Reflect the SMS/MMS/IM Pacing of a User's Progress while Composing a Message or Response

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243429D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-21
Document File: 4 page(s) / 62K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to reflect the Short Messaging System/Multimedia Messaging Service/Instant Messaging (SMS/MMS/IM) pacing of a user's progress while composing a message or response. The system provides real-time pacing information that gives the receiver an indication that there is or is not going to be a response sometime soon.

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Method to Reflect the SMS/MMS/IM Pacing of a User's Progress while Composing a Message or Response

When a user of an instant-message (IM) (or related) communication tool is communicating via a two-way application, the user is often shown when the recipient is responding (e.g., "User is typing" message, ellipsis, an icon is displayed, etc.). Sometimes, a sender waits for the response. However, if the recipient is just viewing the application and not typing, or is distracted and very slowly typing, then the very quick response for which the sender is actively waiting actually is not received for a relatively long time. Conversely, if the recipient is really responding to the sender, but is typing a longer or more thoughtful response, it may seem like the other person has abandoned that effort and is not going to respond at all.

The problem is that when the intended receiver of a message sees the existing "typing" indicator from the eventual sender, that person often feels compelled to wait for the message to arrive. In an age in which chatting, messaging, and the like play key roles in both social and business interactions, a method is needed to indicate whether the receiver should spend time waiting for a message or go do something else (e.g., context switch). This can allow the receiver to more effectively, and with potentially less anxiety, work (and live).

To facilitate this indicator, a method is needed to allow the message sender to know the pacing of the person responding.

Disclosed is a method to reflect the Short Messaging System/Multimedia Messaging Service/Instant Messaging (SMS/MMS/IM) pacing of a user's progress while composing a message or response.

The components and process for implementing this solution in a preferred embodiment follow.

1. User A begins composing a message to User B, as per current processes 2. System sends message to its recipient, User B 3. User B begins typing a response, as per current processes 4. As long as User B continues to type, the system provides regulated feedback to User A, with variance to reflect the pace of User B's typing, in the form of (but not limited to):

A. Sounds i. single tone at intervals to reflect the pacing (e.g., closer together for faster, continuous typing or farther apart for slower, less consistent typing)

ii.varied pitch (e.g., higher pitch for faster, continuous typing or lower pitch for slower, less consistent typing)

iii. custom sounds for fast, medium, or slow paces iv. nature sounds (e.g., wind and surf) and such sounds may be optionally echoed to both parties (i.e. sender and recipient) to give an indication of progress (or lack of progress) made in message

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composition. In this sense, sounds of various kinds can alert both parties about problems or interruptions in communications. To prevent a user from becoming annoyed by too many sounds, the sounds may only be triggered in more extreme situations of lack of progress in typing or interruption...