Centrifugal communication and collaboration method

  • US 8,015,495 B2
  • Filed: 02/28/2003
  • Issued: 09/06/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/13/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method of facilitating asynchronous group collaboration via a network, comprising:

  • storing, on at least one computing node accessible by at least first and second group participants via at least one network, information associated with an access channel, said stored information including at least first and second information portions;

    sending notices over said at least one network to at least said first group participant and said second group participant, said notices each including at least one selectively activatable element;

    receiving, from said first group participant, a message selectively activating said selectively activatable element to thereby enable access by said first group participant to said first stored information via said access channel, said computing node suppressing access by said first group participant to said stored second information portion;

    receiving, from said second group participant, a message selectively activating said selectively activatable element to thereby enable access by said second group participant to said second stored information via said access channel, said computing node suppressing access by said second group participant to said stored first information portion;

    whereby said access channel thereby facilitates asynchronous collaboration between said first and second group participants by supplying, to each of said first and second group participants, information relevant to said participant while suppressing access to at least some information that is not relevant to said participant.

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