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SYSTEM FOR SCHEDULING RESPONSE TO AN INCOMING INSTANT MESSAGE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243813D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

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Abstract

This article proposes a mechanism for IM user to schedule/postpone the response to the messages/pings he receives. Simultaneously, it notifies the chat initiator of this proposed or scheduled time. The mechanism also suggests the next mutually available times, based on their calendars.

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SYSTEM FOR SCHEDULING RESPONSE TO AN INCOMING INSTANT MESSAGE

BACKGROUND


An instant messaging user may be too busy to respond to incoming messages. Instant messaging software have a Do-Not-Disturb provision whereby a user does not receive any chat messages, except for privileged contacts he may have allowed. But they may still want to know who tried or wants to contact them and for what purpose. Similarly he may set a Busy status, but can still be pinged by known or unknown contacts and would have to either ignore or type a response to ping back later.

PROBLEM


An instant messaging user may be busy chatting with other users, participating in an online meeting, or working on other tasks when he gets a ping from another instant messaging user.

There is no method to remind him i.e. the recipient to respond at a later available time. There is no mechanism to notify the chat initiator when the recipient will respond.

The solution describes a method by which the busy recipient can schedule or set reminders to respond to an incoming message. The mechanism also notifies the chat initiator of the time the recipient has scheduled to respond.

To select the next available response time, there can be following ways:
1. A user configurable snooze duration with input in minutes,hours, days etc.

2. The system will check next common available time(s) by looking up in the calendars of the chat initiator and the respondent.

3. User can select a specific time/date to respond

There co...