Mark Zuckerberg and his team are continuously working on their social media platform Facebook. Tons of updates have already arrived and there are still tons coming. One of the upcoming features is the chatbots to Messenger’s group chats. It will be helpful to users by bringing real-time updates on something the group is passionate about.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook will reveal the new group bots at their upcoming F8 conference. It will take place on April 17 to 19 at McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California. More information about the chatbots are expected to be disclosed at the gathering, but for now, here are the available details online.
The publication noted that Facebook is already working with top chatbot makers in the industry. The company will as well open APIs to enable developers build their own group bots. On a bad note, keep in mind that these are just speculations circulating online. A Facebook spokesperson even stated that their company “don’t comment on rumors or speculation.”
A source, on the other hand, confirmed it to TechCrunch that this feature is actually arriving on Facebook Messenger. It will bring real-time news about sports, deliveries and more on group chats. Should that be the case, then your very own Messenger group chats could now turn into a great source of information about certain news.
Now, the question is, how do these bots work? Once added to Messenger, users will have the ability to add bots to their thread. For example, football fans can add a sports bot to their group chat. It would then update them with the real-time score of a game, play-by-play news, and other key information about the match. Same goes for a group chat of co-workers who ordered lunch. A bot would notify them about their orders and when it is going to arrive.
It is pretty clear that the chatbots is actually not a feature that will converse with the users. Instead, it is more like an “information bot” that gives details about sports, deliveries, etc. That feature is definitely going to be special in Messenger. However, do not keep your hopes high as Facebook has not confirmed it yet.
How about you? Do you think Facebook chatbots will indeed arrive in the app next month? Or are these rumors all fake? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.