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Quick Emoticon Replies to Email Messages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245459D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an email function that offers the user the option to quickly send responses using an emoticon instead of an actual email message.

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Quick Emoticon Replies to Email Messages

A common pattern in communications over email is that the people who reply to an email simply need to communicate a reaction or agreement/disagreement to the content of the original email. These emails tend to pollute the inbox without providing much useful information beyond communicating said reaction. A system or method is needed to save the user from having to write an entire email when only a short response is required.

The novel solution is an email function that offers the user the option to quickly send responses using an emoticon instead of an actual email message. The user can save time while remaining polite by using this function. This function simplifies the process for responding to an invitation, arranging a meeting, and even knowing how many people will be attending a party. Everyone in the conversation quickly understands the point without needing to read multiple short messages, avoiding email cluttering.

This new feature can be added to any email client such as webmail, mobile, or a native desktop application for any operating system (OS). When receiving an email in an email client with this feature, the user can reply with an emoticon by selecting it from a list or adding a customized one. This action generates an "invisible" email, which the system sends to every participant of the conversation. Once received, the recipient's email client displays the new emoticon attached to the referred email.

To implement the emoticon feature and function in a preferred embodiment :

1. User opens email from feature-enabled email client 2. User is presented with the option to attach...