Context Aware Instant Messaging Status
Original Publication Date: 2006-Jan-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2006-Jan-23
Instant Messaging (IM) allows people quickly get in touch with other people online. Often one can tell from the status indicator displayed on most of IM clients whether the person whom the others wish to contact are online (active), off-line (inactive), or do not want to be disturbed. Even when a person?s IM indicator shows online, she/he may not want to be disturbed during a certain period of time or by a lower priority conversation. A dilemma people often face when initiating an IM conversation is that "is it a good time for me to disturb her/him at this moment". This common problem indicates that people need to know the context, or environment, or conditions of other people in order to carry out effective IM conversations. None of the existing IM systems provide these kinds of information for IM user to plan and carry out effective IM conversations.