Portable electronic device for instant messaging

  • US 9,304,675 B2
  • Filed: 08/30/2007
  • Issued: 04/05/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/06/2006
  • 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 message conversations on the touch screen display, a respective instant message conversation including a respective set of instant messages exchanged between a first person and a respective other person;

    while displaying the list of instant message conversations, detecting a first scrolling gesture comprising a substantially vertical movement of a first contact with the touch screen display, wherein the first scrolling gesture is independent of a selection of any object;

    responding to the first scrolling gesture by scrolling the list of instant message conversations in accordance with a direction of the first scrolling gesture, wherein the detecting of the first scrolling gesture is substantially independent of a horizontal position of the first contact with the touch screen display and the scrolling of the list of instant message conversations is independent of a selection of any object;

    detecting a selection gesture on a particular instant message conversation in the list of instant message conversations;

    responding to the selection gesture by replacing display of the list of instant message conversations with display of the particular instant message conversation, the particular instant message conversation including a set of instant messages exchanged between the first person and a single other person in a chronological order;

    while displaying instant messages in the particular instant message conversation, detecting a second scrolling gesture comprising a substantially vertical movement of a second contact with the touch screen display, wherein the detecting of the second scrolling gesture is substantially independent of a horizontal position of the second contact with the touch screen display, wherein the second scrolling gesture is independent of a selection of any object; and

    responding to the second scrolling gesture by scrolling the display of instant messages in the particular instant messaging conversation in accordance with a direction of the second scrolling gesture, wherein the scrolling of the display of instant messages in the particular instant messaging conversation is independent of a selection of any object.

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