Facebook Launches Chatbots in the Messenger Platform

Facebook Messenger bots

Facebook Messenger is expanding, both in live video and potentially as a point-of-sale, but Mark Zuckerberg also sees a future where bots rule the land. Messenger’s land.

It had been rumored for a bit of time now, but Facebook has made it official at its F8 Developer Conference. The social networking giant has officially announced chatbots within the new Messenger platform. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, showed off how the bots will work while on stage, showcasing using Messenger and the integrated bots to make an order through 1-800-Flowers through a text conversation.

You won’t have to install a separate app to get access to these features. Moreover, Zuckerberg sees these bots as a new way for platforms, clients, and businesses to connect to the user. A credit card won’t be necessary, either.

Developers will be able to build chatbots as well, and integrate them into the Messenger Platform.

On top of that, video is getting expanded in a big way as well. Facebook is opening up its Live Video API, which allows the feature to be built into any device. A big step for Facebook as it plans to build up the features over the next five years.

[via TechCrunch]