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A method is disclosed that provides a convenient user interface for controlling and originating one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-one, and many-to-many communication sessions in communications networks.
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YOR820030596 Derek S Jennings/Watson/IBM John T Robinson
User Interface for Controlling and Originating One -to-One, One-to-Many, Many-to-One, and Many-to-Many Communication Sessions
Disclosed is a user interface allowing convenient one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-one, and many-to-many communications via wireless communications networks (e.g. cellular telephony), computer network based communications (e.g. instant messaging applications on the internet or other computer networks), and so on.
Each individual in a communications network has an individual ID (e.g. phone number in telephony, unique user name in an instant messaging application, etc.). Additionally, collections of individual IDs may be assigned a group ID. Each group has an owning individual ID, which controls access rights for the group (e.g. rights to add or remove individual IDs, rights to originate communications using the group ID, rights to assign or remove these rights to or from other group members, and so on).
A user initiating a communications session may do so in one of two modes: individual mode or group mode. Individual mode is the default. In order to initiate a communications session in group mode, the user must select a group for which he or she is a member, and for which he or she has group communications origination rights. A communications session is initiated by selecting a target, which may be an ind...