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Autonomic Method for Managing Instant Messages Using Recipient Defined Criteria Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016686D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jul-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

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TITLE: Managing Instant Messages Using Recipient Criteria Disclosed is a method for differentiating between desirable and undesirable instant messages. An instant message agent filters the delivery of messages using user defined dynamic criteria.

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  Autonomic Method for Managing Instant Messages Using Recipient Defined Criteria

  An instant message recipient can establish availability and gradation between desirable and undesirable messages. An agent residing on the recipient's instant messenger server acts as a filter to determine the deliverability of a received instant message. The agent uses governing criteria dynamically set by the recipient to authorize senders. The governing criteria is established at the initiation of an instant messenger session, and can be set periodically as required by the user to manage availability. The instant messenger agent can be turned on or off through the receiving device interface. For the case where a message was determined not to be deliverable, a instant message indicating non-availability would be returned to the sending messenger client.

A simplified illustration of a general infrastructure is given in Figure 1. A sending device (for example a laptop) associated with an instant messenger server and a receiving device (for example a personal computer) associated with its own instant messenger server are linked together through an Internet connection. The server associated with the receiving device interfaces to backend systems through an instant messenger agent residing on the server. The receiving device interfaces with the instant messenger agent on the server. (This interface depends on the instant messenger application on the receiving device.).

FIGURE 1: General...