Portable electronic device for instant messaging multiple recipients

  • US 8,407,603 B2
  • Filed: 09/30/2008
  • Issued: 03/26/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/06/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method, comprising:

  • at a portable electronic device with a touch screen display;

    displaying a list of instant messaging conversations including a group conversation, wherein;

    the group conversation includes a first multi-recipient identifier and a group conversation indicia,the group conversation indicia corresponds to a set of outgoing messages from a user of the device to multiple recipients, andthe first multi-recipient identifier and the group conversation indicia are distinct from one another;

    in response to detecting a user selection of the group conversation, displaying the set of outgoing messages from the user of the device to multiple recipients in a chronological order and displaying a detail icon adjacent to a second multi-recipient identifier;

    in response to detecting a user selection of the detail icon, replacing the second multi-recipient identifier with a set of contact icons, each contact icon representing one of the multiple recipients;

    in response to detecting a user selection of one of the set of contact icons, displaying contact information of a corresponding recipient;

    receiving a new outgoing message for the group conversation entered by the user of the device through the touch screen display; and

    in response to detecting a user request to send the new outgoing message to the multiple recipients;

    sending the new outgoing message to the multiple recipients in the group conversation; and

    appending the new outgoing message to the set of outgoing messages displayed on the touch screen display.

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