The order in which a photo and messages are delivered and displayed in a chat conversation is affected by processing and/or network delays as well as specific implementations of messaging applications. Receiving a photo out-of-sequence from text messages related to the photo can create confusion and/or misunderstanding and can ruin the intended effect of the sender’s communication. This disclosure describes the use of machine learning techniques to identify text messages that are associated with a shared photo and bundling those together as a joint set. Descriptive text for the photo is shown as a placeholder until the photo is fully transferred and displayed. Alternatively, or in addition, messages related to the photo that are sent after the photo is shared are shown to the recipient only after the recipient views the photo.
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Cărbune, Victor and Deselaers, Thomas, "Sharing photos and associated text messages within messaging apps in the intended order", Technical Disclosure Commons, (March 06, 2020)