Identifying and using identities deemed to be known to a user

  • US 8,874,672 B2
  • Filed: 02/13/2012
  • Issued: 10/28/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/26/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method comprising:

  • maintaining, in a storage device, a list of people who are known to a user;

    detecting one or more actions performed by the user on one or more messages received by the user from a person, the actions including one or more of (a) saving the one or more messages from the person;

    (b) printing the one or more messages from the person;

    (c) moving the one or more messages from the person from an inbox to a folder;

    (d) leaving the one or more messages from the person open for a predetermined period of time; and

    (e) replying to the one or more messages from the person;

    determining, using at least one processor, that the person is known to the user based on a score associated with the detected one or more actions, wherein the score is determined from two or more associated scores, and wherein the score supports a positive inference that the person is known to the user;

    in response to determining that the person is known to the user, updating the list of people to reflect that the person is known by the user; and

    communicating, to the user via a messaging application, presence information based on the updated list of people known to the user.

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