Real time communications system

CAFC
  • US 8,694,657 B1
  • Filed: 09/20/1999
  • Issued: 04/08/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/01/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of communicating via an Internet network by using a computer system including a controller computer and a database which serves as a repository of tokens for other programs to access, thereby affording information to each of a plurality of participator computers which are otherwise independent of each other, the method including:

  • affording some of the information to a first of the participator computers via the Internet network, responsive to an authenticated first user identity; and

    affording some of the information to a second of the participator computers via the Internet network, responsive to an authenticated second user identity; and

    determining whether the first user identity and the second user identity are able to form a group to send and to receive real-time communications; and

    determining whether the first user identity is individually censored from receiving data in the communications, the data presenting at least one of a pointer, video, audio, a graphic, and multimedia by determining whether a respective at least one parameter corresponding to the first user identity has been determined by an other of the user identities;

    if the user identities are able to form the group, forming the group and facilitating receiving the communications that are sent and not censored from the second participator computer to the first participator computer, wherein the receiving is in real time and via the Internet network, and wherein, for the communications which are received and which present an Internet URL, facilitating handling the Internet URL via the computer system so as to find content specified by the Internet URL and presenting the content at an output device of the first participator computer, andif the first user identity is censored from the receiving of the data, not allowing the data that is censored to be presented from the second participator computer to the output device.

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