These days, bots are becoming very popular on the internet and so it only makes sense that Facebook Chatbot can be another bot that will eventually replace Google Assistant and Alexa as the next generation of bots. As I mention in my Bot Planner review, it has been a long time coming for bots to dominate the internet but this is definitely one that can bring the voice interaction technology to a new level.
It's quite amazing how these internet companies that don't need to rely on consumers to share their opinions still feel that they need to produce their own voice interfaces. It's almost as if they think that they can profit from having their own brands. Facebook is doing it with their internet and calling services while Amazon has done it with Alexa.
Unfortunately, there's a big difference between them and Facebook Chatbot. The interaction between Alexa and Facebook users is often very limited compared to Alexa and Amazon Echo which allow users to use their own voices when conversing with the device. This is made possible by the fact that Alexa is a real device with all the necessary components to voice the commands.
However, Facebook is quite different because Facebook is a social network that requires users to use their profiles to interact with friends and post comments, updates, posts and links. The integration between Facebook and Messenger happens through third party apps that exist solely for the purpose of allowing people to send links, notifications, messages and files to each other.
The fact that these third party applications are computer programs means that there are inherent challenges in integrating the devices in this manner. For example, it's very difficult to provide the visual aspect of the web interface while also keeping things as easy as possible for the users.
This is why a lot of developers of bots have focused on the chat experience. These programs take care of all the work so that the user doesn't need to even open up the program, they just use their computers to do their chatting.
What's amazing about this is that bots are not only useful for the user, but they're also really useful for bots. A user can use Messenger Bot in order to search for information and link all their applications in order to perform searches within their profiles.
Bots can also be used to keep the user updated on a given topic. If you're interested in politics, it's quite simple to use Messenger Bot to inform your friends about your views on the upcoming elections.
You may be wondering what would motivate Facebook to produce such a complex bot and bring it into the world. Perhaps, they are trying to find ways to convince users to give them money through pay per click advertising.
Facebook Messenger Bot can also be used as a push notification service that can be used by various applications that are developed for the Facebook platform. It is an open source project that's capable of both performing text and image based notification messages.
Applications built on top of Messenger Bot will be able to get more targeted traffic, since it provides a complete integration of the developer's applications with the Facebook platform. This means that third party developers won't need to create applications that can't be found on the Facebook website, but rather use the Messenger Bot's features to boost their own apps.
The one thing that I'm sure that any bot developer will agree with is that bots are here to stay and that they'll never go away completely. Facebook will continue to build more interactive communication systems like Messenger Bot that will eventually allow Facebook users to interact more with each other and to share their opinions with friends and family, thus, giving Facebook a whole new dimension of communication through Messenger Bots.