Location dependant profile for Instant Messaging Applications
Original Publication Date: 2004-Apr-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-19
Instant messaging applications like for example SameTime Connect allow users to provide online status messages, which other users can see when they traverse an user on the active user list with their mouse. Many use this feature to let other user know under which phone number they are currently reachable. When a user switches his physical location he also has to switch this status message manually, something which is easily forgotten and gives other users the wrong information. Especially large companies (but similar dialing nodes of ISPs) provide DHCP services for their travelling users, that is user A - based in location A and normally has an IP address from a range A assigned - will get an IP address from range B when visiting location B and connecting to the network. This location dependent information can be used by the instant messaging application to check whether for this location already a profile, i.e. an online status message, exists and to display it , or if is not exists to prompt the user for location specific data or to select a default message.