Want to keep the TNW Conference vibe going?? Tickets for TNW2022 are available now >>

The heart of tech

This article was published on March 30, 2017

Facebook is bringing chatbots to groups on Messenger

Facebook is bringing chatbots to groups on Messenger
Rachel Kaser
Story by

Rachel Kaser

Internet Culture Writer

Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

Messenger chatbots will soon be available to groups, according to a report by TechCrunch.

To clarify, these won’t be “chatbots” in the sense that they won’t be trying to make conversation with you. Instead they’ll function more like news tickers, updating group members on outside information.

The bots include sports bots, e-commerce bots, and news bots. So if you’re part of a group of stock traders, for example, you might use a Messenger bot that keeps you up-to-date on financial news.

Having a group chatbot ensures all participants in the conversation are informed. Before now, chatbots were restricted to those users who searched specifically for them. Now one participant can add them to a thread, though it’s not yet clear how they can find the bots in the first place.

Facebook is also opening its API to let everyone build their own bots, so you and your friends could have your own bot assistant just for your group.

Also tagged with