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Mail rebalancing incorporating proximity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201095D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 23K

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Disclosed is a method to redirect email to another user, based on proximity, when the intended recipient’s mail file is full and cannot accept additional items. The method analyzes the mail file space and suggests a better recipient to which to temporarily redirect the email.

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Mail rebalancing incorporating proximity

Email file size quota often prevents users from being able to accept emails because of their size. This is often highly frustrating when a message is required and the user has to take the time to perform additional tasks, such as deleting other messages, in order to reduce the file size and enable the receipt of the new email.

For example: UserA has mail file of limit X, and has Z space left. UserA continuously saves files to folders, which are considered important, and has 99.99% usage of the mail file space. UserB sends a message worth Y amount of space. Y is greater than Z, hence, cannot be received by UserA's mail file. This may also be the case where other user tries to send email.

Similar technologies include re-routing of telephone calls and voice mail messages but not email messages. (1) Another can re-route email to a data set or a website based on specified parameters, but not to other users. (2)

This disclosure describes a method to redirect mail to another user based on proximity. The novel approach to this solution is that it uses a method to analyze the mail file space and suggests a better contact to which to temporarily redirect the email.

When the email is rejected by the receiving mail file, the Sender/Receiver is prompted to send to the email to a different user. The second user selection is made based on proximity to the intended recipient, social network criteria, and trust/relationship criteria. This user must have more space on their mail file, be online, and is in agreement with the first user to accept their email. The message is held in temporary storage or (depending on configuration) the intended recipient is informed of th...