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IBM - US9374334 - Programmatic message partner list management
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Abstract:

Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to instant messaging and real-time communications systems and provide a method, system and computer program product for automated partner list management in a real-time communications system. In one embodiment, a real-time communications data processing system can include a real-time communications server, a history log configured to record user interaction records for different users of the real-time communications server, a set of partner lists for the different users, and partner list management logic coupled to each of the real-time communications server and history log. The partner list management logic can include program code enabled to remove individual ones of the different users from a single one of the partner lists which individual ones of the different users meet at least one configurable criteria.

Claim 1:

A computer program product comprising a computer usable storage medium having computer usable program code for managing partner lists in a real-time communications system, said computer program product including:
computer usable program code for configuring criteria for selecting a subset of users in the real-time communications system;
computer usable program code for selecting a subset of users in the real-time communications system according to said configured criteria;
computer usable program code for matching users in said subset with users in a partner list for one of said users of the real-time communications system; and,
computer usable program code for selectably removing matched ones of said users from said partner list;
wherein said configuring criteria for selecting a subset of users in the real-time communications system, comprises selecting a threshold lapsed period of time.