[jdev] Message Read Receipts

Noah Schwartz noah.schwartz1 at gmail.com
Mon May 20 13:27:04 UTC 2013

I don't think its realistic to expect a user to hit a button to confirm
that they've read the message. If you were going to do this, you're
probably better off just having that confirmation button send an actual
chat message to the person saying "I've read your message." This way you
don't even have to build anything net new.

Most clients that implement read status do so based on simple activation
the conversation. This is consistent across iMessage, BBM, and most email
clients. As I said above we do this at my firm using a pubsub message to
keep multiple client sessions in sync in terms of whats been read. This
could easily be extended to notify the sender of the message.

On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 4:48 AM, Jon Doyle <jdoyle at communigate.com> wrote:

> Hello;
> If the given chat is active then yes it gets marked as read straight away,
> buy if a your online and in another chat the read marker isn't moved.
> Is that not more "delivered" than actually "read"? It would not take long
> for my 12 year old daughter to figure out this trick…. and it could be
> useful to me when the GF gives me some instruction and I forget to say it
> might have went to the client, but I had "just stepped away to the phone
> and ran out the door".
> A true "read" should have some indication from the human user IMO. That
> would have a value, for not just being sure somebody "read" something so
> you can have a GF with tapping foot when you arrive home, but you can
> imagine the business implications to be able to timestamp and show
> (evidence) that the user accepted some message as read (not just
> delivered).
> Regards,
> Jon
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