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A method to Auto-Ignore received instant messages Disclosure Number: IPCOM000179966D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Mar-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Mar-03
Document File: 3 page(s) / 36K

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Instant messaging has become one of the most common means to communicate and collaborate within the corporate environment. Users are able to send messages to colleagues that are online to get information quickly. The problem is that many times, irrelevant instant messages can potentially interrupt a recipients current working activities. When an instant message is received, users can be notified either visually or through the use of sounds. Many times this notification distracts the recipient since they may have to acknowledge the received message. This algorithm provides a means to prevent instant message notifications of irrelevant or less important messages received by the user.

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A method to Auto-Ignore received instant messages

This algorithm provides a means to allow users to define specific key words or sentences in an ignore list/policy to prevent notification of received instant messages. The user would define a list of common terms or messages that they deem irrelevant or unimportant. Upon receiving an incoming message, the chat client would perform a context search with the ignore list/policy and the received message. If there exists at least one textual match between the ignore list/policy and the message, then notification of a new message will not be triggered. The user would still be able to view the message, but would have to manually open/reactivate the chat client window to view the new message.

Figure 1 provides a flow diagram of how the process is executed:


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The algorithm can be extended further to allow for more enhanced context searching. For instance rather then only report context matches based on exact keyword hits, the algorithm could implement logic rules to determine if a received IM potentially contains words, or sentences that may have the same or similar semantics as words/phrases within the ignore list. An example of this is as follows:

Ignore list contains the phrase "Basketball"

A new IM contains references to a recent sports game, and mentions "3-point shot", but does not cont...