Facebook is doing everything it can, to increase the popularity of Messenger and to make every Facebook user use it. Recently Facebook introduced features like sending money, booking Uber cabs (mostly in the US), ‘other Messages’ tab to see messages sent by a non-Facebook friend and much more in Messenger, with an aim to convince it’s users to use Messenger. In the same path, now it comes the turn of introducing Facebook Messenger Bots allowing smooth conversation between its users and business. In simple words, talking to bots is just like talking to your friends. Let us see what bots are and best among the available bots.
What are Facebook Messenger BOTS
To be simple, Messenger Bots are Facebook accounts of pages or business which respond to your queries using Artificial Intelligence algorithm. There are many bots being developed for Messenger to make the life of the user easier. You can access Messenger bots on mobile and the web. If you have a business, then Facebook allows you to create your bot using Messenger Platform. This is one of the best ways to interact with clients and to maintain the long-term relationships. Anyways, I will not be discussing the creation but will let you know how to use best Facebook Messenger bots, as a normal user like me.
Accessing Messenger Bots
As said earlier, using bots is like talking to your friend. So, tap on “+” button and click on “Write Message”. Now, head over to the search bar, type “@” and give the bot name as shown below.
As there many Facebook Messenger bots available, in this article, I will let you know about some of the best bots you can start using right away.
If you want to get top stories of the day, then you need to try CNN Messenger bot. Just by typing few words you can ask CNN to give you the top stories so that you can read the story and get a summary of it.
2. The Wall Street Journal
WSJ bot uses WSJ newsroom to bring you the live markets data and breaking the business news. You can get information on top news, markets, live market overview and turn on alerts for latest headlines.
The theScore bot is for sports lover like you. It gives you the latest score updates, scheduled matches, and updates you everything about your favorite games. This bot gives you the updates regarding soccer leagues NBA, NHL, MLB and more. Just type team name to follow, and you can unfollow teams, update alerts, etc. through settings.
If you are a food lover, then Where Messenger Bot is for you. It lets you know nearby restaurants, hotels, lounge and more. You can start typing ‘Help Me Decide’ and it helps you by showing the suggestions. You can search hotels and restaurants using a pin code, city name, address or landmark or by typing “Nearby”. It even shows you the suggestions based on the type of food you search for.
LazySet Messenger bot comes under the category of entertainment. It creates the playlist of songs of your favorite artist on Spotify. To do so, just start typing the name of the artist and click the link to sign in to Spotify to save the songs of that artist to a playlist.
Instalocate is the real-time flight tracking bot. You can track flight status, the exact location of the flight, time of departure, arrival and more. Start typing the flight name and simple questions like where is [flight name], and it shows you the required information. It also shows you airport directions and allows you to do online check-in. Combinations like Track [Name][Number], [Flight Name][Number] and more are possible using this bot.
If you are planning a tour and want to know, weather conditions of any place, then Poncho Messenger bot does the job for you. Type the city name or zip code, and it shows you the weather of that place. Simple, if you want to know the weather outside, then start using Poncho bot. Do not forget to check Poncho bot before planning to go out.
Start your day by knowing your scope. Zodia lets you know the daily horoscope on Messenger. Type your zodiac sign and will tell about today’s prediction. It gives more information on how it is going to be tomorrow, health predictions and rates the day on the scale of 5.
Create your own Bot without any Coding
As we know Messenger bot helps to interact with the user using AI, then there is a lot can be done. The main advantage of using bots is that there is no need to install any other app when the job is done with the already installed application.
So, if you have a brand or any business and want to create a Messenger bot, then you can use bot building services like Manychat.com, MobileMonkey.com, and Chatfuel.com. Using these services does not require you any coding skills and start developing a Messenger bot to interact with your customers. These services offer a free plan too.
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