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Hesitant Instant Messenger User Disclosure Number: IPCOM000138734D
Original Publication Date: 2006-Jul-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2006-Jul-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

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Proposed here is a method for letting a participant in a chat decide whether or not other participants will have an indication that he or she is typing (composing) a response.

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Hesitant Instant Messenger User

When using an instant messenger that provides a visual indicator as to whether or not a chat participant is typing a message, a hesitant user faces a problem: if he starts writing a message and eventually decides not to send it to the other participants, everyone can know that he started saying something and decided not to share it. On the other hand, it is not likely he will use an additional word-processing tool to articulate his thoughts before deciding whether or not to share them. "Hesitant user" is used to mean a user who might start writing a message before he has decided to pass it on. Many people tend to first articulate their thoughts in writing and only then, if they are comfortable with the result, to send it to the other participants of the chat. For example, such hesitation may be the result of writing in a non-native tongue or of conversing with high-ranking officials or other people a user may want to impress.

    Proposed here is an extension to the existing method of visually indicating that other participants in a chat are currently typing a message. The concept is very simple: to allow the user to decide whether or not other participants will get an indication of the fact that he is typing. When a person "speaks" freely with someone with whom he does not need to "watch his language", he will allow this indication to appear; when a person is hesitant, he may decide not to allo...