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Method and System for a Person Based Marker Display in an Instant Messaging System Disclosure Number: IPCOM000192687D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Jan-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Jan-28
Document File: 7 page(s) / 153K

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Disclosed is a method and system for displaying markers based on other chat participants with whom a user initiates a chat session in Instant Messaging system.

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Method and System for a Person Based Marker Display in an Instant Messaging System

The electronic workplace of today is filled with many conveniences that allow employees to collaborate with each other. Some workplace environments provide employees ready access to each other through real time communications known as Instant Messaging(IM). IM provides a substitute for short telephone conversations in which minimal to moderate amounts of information are to be exchanged.

Typically, with IM applications, a first user signs-on or connects to an IM server. If the first user wishes to communicate with a second signed-on user, he or she may initiate an IM session by selecting the name of the second user from a list of all the users currently signed-on to the system. The first user types a text message in a Graphical User Interface (GUI) conversation dialog window and presses send. This message appears quickly on the second user's computer in a GUI graphical dialog window on the second user's computer. The second user can then reply by typing in a response in the same window. The participants of the conversation can, thus, carry on a conversation by typing and receiving messages. After the conversation is finished, both the first and the second may close the GUI dialog window, ending the IM session.

In addition to one-on-one conversations, IM also provides users with a feature to mark a particular chat segment of the conversation for future reference and can share that mark with other users when needed. Currently, a Chat Marking System (CMS) generates a mark automatically for each and every statement of the chat. For example, for User A's chat window, CMS will generate a mark as U05 for the fifth sentence of User A. Users can share these marks with other users by sending them as a link. When the second user clicks on this link, the logic in CMS searches the repository . Here, the stored markers are present by the marker title, in this case U05, and fetches the chat segment associated with that mark and or link. The user can name each mark for easy identification, and can also group similar marks. Also, within a group, the user can create subgroups to categorize the chat markers.

The primary feature of this invention, is the ability to display chat markers based on other chat participants with whom the user is in an active chat session. This invention facilitates the user by providing easy access to related markers rather than performing a manual search.

Whenever user1 initiates a chat session, an agent runs in the background that uses the other chat participant's information, searching for all the markers that user1 has stored while chatting with this user previously. The agent fetches all of the markers and displays those in the marker section of user1's chat window. Additionally, the agent also c...