But with its existing user base of more than 700 million (and growing), Messenger doesn’t need to be first to have a big payoff for the company.Increasing Messenger’s usefulness–-especially if it becomes an easy way to enable e-commerce transactions—could help radically boost the revenues the company brings in from its ecosystem.That’s not to say Facebook is the first chat app to see smart bots as the future.
Facebook has begun rolling out its new chatbot platform on Messenger, and it's available to try out right now.
The long-awaited 'Bot Platform' was unveiled by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the first day of the F8 developer conference, and the company hopes it's going to change the way we all use the web.
There’s no word yet on when the first Chat SDK services will launch inside of Messenger—and Facebook isn’t even talking publicly about its existence yet—but to get a good idea of how bots built by the Chat SDK will work, check out the video of Messenger’s Uber integration above.
If you’re old enough to remember the internet in the late ’90s, you’ll also remember the glory days of chat rooms and instant messaging—not only with friends, but also strangers scattered across the globe.
By entering the company's ticker code with a dollar sign prefix, you get a graph of its performance.
So sending a '$AAPL' message brings you Apple's recent stock prices.Typing 'top news' brings you a quick slideshow of headlines which you can click on to read the full story, which would possibly be useful if you wanted a quick update on the news on the go.You can also ask it about how certain companies are performing.Facebook actually unveiled its first Messenger bot integration back in December with Uber, allowing Messenger users to order a ride without leaving the app.The Chat SDK represents a massive expansion of this type of partnership to less high-profile services.Those services’ bots can then automatically reply with specific information, allowing customers and users to bypass traditional ways of communicating with services and businesses, such as via email, app, or phone.