Methods and systems for capturing and managing instant messages

  • US 8,577,972 B1
  • Filed: 01/19/2010
  • Issued: 11/05/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/05/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system comprising:

  • at least one processing device;

    a storage device storing instructions, which when executed by the at least one processing device, cause the at least one processing device to implement;

    an input interface configured to receive electronic messages created by or on behalf of one or more message sources for delivery to an intended recipient;

    a screening component configured to identify, from among the received electronic messages, qualifying electronic messages that satisfy a capture rule, and capture, as captured electronic messages, a plurality of the qualifying electronic messages; and

    an output interface configured to inform the intended recipient of the captured electronic messages and to enable the intended recipient;

    to organize the captured electronic messages according to a plurality of predetermined categories and manage the captured electronic messages;

    to access information related to a message source associated with at least one of the captured electronic messages; and

    to indicate that future electronic messages from the message source are not to be captured.

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