Ted Livingston, the founder of the messaging application Kik, explains the arrival of ‘Bots’ in instant messaging something this way “Messengers will be thought of as the next browsers, bots will be the new websites. This is the beginning of a new Internet”.
On the 12th of April, 2016, Facebook should present its “Bot Store” at its F8 conference, and some even believe that “Bot Store” is much more revolutionary than the App Store launched nearly eight years ago by Apple and since copied by all.
Why is it so Revolutionary?
According to TechCrunch, only 6 million people owned an Apple iPhone when Apple launched its own App Store.
But, if Facebook confirms “Bot Store” within a few weeks, then 800 million active social network users will be affected in just one go. That’s why many messaging applications have already dived, such as, “Kik, Slack, Telegram, and the most advanced, WeChat.
What is the purpose of this “Bot Store”?
Various brands can offer within their applications in which Messenger robots designed to interact with customers. Such as, you can ask the bot for any flight information to buy or book tickets, make a bank transfer, etc. Moreover, this revolutionary change will simplify online services.
Ted Livingston, the founder of the messaging application Kik, gives a clear example, and here it is “He joined his friends at a baseball game. Once seated, he realizes he is the only one with no beer.
He had to queue before getting his, thus missing two home runs. According to him, if the stadium had deployed a bot service, all he would have to do would have been to scan a QR code, ask the bot for two Budweisers and confirm the payment.” A much simpler process with a new concept.
In August 2015, Facebook announced “M” as his own personal assistant to purchase items, book a restaurant, or plan a trip, and “M” is the only one that uses the interface of a messaging service to interact with the user.
In January, Facebook made its “Chat SDK” available, allowing third-party developers to develop bots dedicated to Messenger Application.