Some Chatbot designers have decided to take advantage of the Facebook Messenger API in order to allow their Facebook Messenger Chatbot to interact with its users. I think this is an incredible idea that many developers will probably be taking advantage of in the future.
So far as we can tell, Facebook hasn't made any secret of their plans to make Messenger more interactive and more user-friendly in general. They've demonstrated this in a variety of ways over the years, such as creating a "Like" button for Facebook, allowing Twitter chatbots to post tweets, and making Facebook apps like Twitter, Facebook's news feed, and even Facebook's Virtual Assistant available in Android and iOS apps. Although the existence of these apps suggests a good deal of importance on Facebook's part for the apps that they create, it also suggests they need to make more tools available that can allow more things to happen within Messenger.
So now that developers have figured out how to leverage Facebook's API, they'll need to learn how to use those tools to create their own applications. How exactly do they do this? Well, they use what is known as a "Chatbot".
A Chatbot is a programming application that you can run inside Messenger. It's not so much a program as much as it is a set of instructions that allows the Messenger application to perform specific tasks that are specific to a particular user's preferences. The common examples of these would be applications that can look up address information, purchase items, schedule appointments, and more.
To create a Chatbot application, you have to first consider what kind of data you want to pass to your Chatbot. This will be based upon the kinds of actions you want to allow your Messenger Bot to perform, and how much interaction you want it to have with your users.
Once you've determined what kind of data you want to pass, you can start looking at what kind of Messenger application you want to build. For instance, if you're building a shopping application, you'll want to build a chat application that will allow your Chatbot to chat with users and help them make their purchases. If you're building an appointment scheduler, you might want to build an application that lets your Chatbot make bookings and schedule appointments.
When building your application, it's important to understand how Facebook uses Messenger Chatbot applications. You can read about this a bit in the "Messenger Bot Applications" article that we have linked to in the resource box below.
Of course, by using a chatbot, you're also able to reach users through the Messenger Bots they already have. Because most of these bots are centered around being social and helpful, they're quite popular among users and they're very well-used in Messenger Chatbot applications.
The Messenger Chatbot API allows developers to take advantage of all the creative possibilities of Messenger, while also allowing them to provide functionality that doesn't exist within the Facebook platform itself. But as a developer, there are still many decisions to be made in order to ensure the safety and reliability of your Chatbot application.
Since these applications are going to interact with your users, you want to make sure that they provide a true end-user experience. For instance, you want to make sure that your Chatbot application provides the ability to send messages to groups, allows groups to join your group, and make announcements via push notifications.
Don't forget to check out the discussion forums on our website as well as the official Facebook Messenger Bot API User guide. There are plenty of details and guides written by professional coders who are specifically qualified to help you along the way when it comes to your application.
So that's all the information you need to get started building Facebook Chatbots. We hope that it gives you the drive and confidence you need to begin building and testing your bots.