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Role Oriented Connections for Instant Messaging Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015966D
Original Publication Date: 2002-May-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

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Instant Messaging is a technology that allows users on a given Instant Messaging network to select another user (from some list) and initiate a conversation with them. The conversation is typically embodied as an exchange of lines of text between client programs on the users' machines. It is possible to conduct an n-way conversation by inviting more than one person into the 'chat'. Consider the steps a user takes to instigate an Instant Messaging conversation in the current scheme: 1) Determine the name of a participant in the conversation 2) Look up their instant messaging address (in a directory or a 'buddy' list, etc)