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7 Most Popular Facebook Messenger Bots in 2017

December 8, 2017
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The rise of social media platforms & their related apps has changed the way people interact with each other around the world. It’s as if we never lose connection with one another. Our friends, family & the world, in general, are just a message away. Most of the interaction on social media platforms has been between humans so far. However, now with the rise of chatbots, a new era has begun – an era of interaction between bots & humans.

The Arrival of Facebook Messenger Bots
Facebook announced support for chatbots on its Messenger platform in April of 2016. Since then, several thousands of bots have been deployed on Messenger by businesses of every possible size including some of the biggest brands in the world. Let’s have a look at some of the bots on Facebook Messenger that have stood out from the rest.

Niki.ai
Niki is your go-to bot for all things in commerce. Whether you want to book a movie ticket, book a cab or a hotel, Niki is an AI-powered chatbot that can help you get things done quickly & easily using chat. It also featured in the Messenger bot success stories.

HealthTap
We all have a health-related query from time to time. While there is more than enough information available on Google, it can become quite overwhelming to filter through all the search results. HealthTap helps you get your health-related query resolved using the chat interface.

Poncho
Poncho helps users get weather forecast and information about current conditions in their area. The bot has a quirky personality and can really give some funny replies. Users can also set automatic notifications to receive forecasts every-day.

CNN
CNN bot helps you stay abreast of all the latest happenings around the globe. The bot presents the user with personalized news based on the categories selected. Users can also ping the bot to know the country-specific news.

WTF is that
This bot is simple yet quite powerful. Users take a picture, send it to the bot and it replies back telling them what it was sent. It helps showcase the potential of computer vision. A lot more will be possible with further progress in computer vision tech.

Duolingo
Learning a new language can be quite hard. Duolingo helps users pick up a new language by interacting with it. Users can also pick the personality of the bot to make it more fun. Conversations are still simplistic but there is huge potential in this use case.

Erwin
This is a riddle bot and is meant for people who love puzzle solving. Users are presented with a riddle by the bot and everything happens right in FB messenger. If users find the puzzle to be too difficult, the bot also gives clues.

These were some of the bots that have really caught the imagination of the people and showcased to the world what bots are capable of. Facebook Messenger is fast becoming the hub for bots and the primary platform of choice for deploying one. As brands begin to hop on the chatbot bandwagon, we will see many more of such wonderful examples in future.

Author: Satyam Kapoor

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