Facebook has launched a platform for creating chat bots in Messenger

Messenger Facebook Messenger has been a platform for developing chat bots for business, announced April 12 at a conference for developers F8 in San Francisco the founder and CEO of social network Facebook mark Zuckerberg.

Chat bots are programs-“consultants”, able to respond to standard requests and commands of users. According to Zuckerberg, Facebook introduced Messenger, an open source API for developing applications, which third-party developers can create bots for communication with the audience of the application.

Bots will make it easier for users messenger the ordering process of goods and services, and the business will open a new large platform marketing, explained Zuckerberg. Facebook Messenger by the end of 2015 became the most downloaded mobile app in the US, said the CEO of Facebook. The audience has already grown to 900 million users.

Zuckerberg gave examples of chat-bots: the bot CNN invites readers to obtain sample materials or brief descriptions of the articles, bot online store 1-800-Flowers to order a bouquet directly in dialogue box of messenger.

The terms “connect” to a platform for developing bots Zuckerberg did not name.

According to him, via Facebook Messenger or another instant messenger owned by Facebook, is WhatsApp (audience of 1 billion users) — users all over the world daily send 60 billion messages. For comparison, the same indicator for SMS messages is 20 billion, said the CEO of Facebook.

Bots in Facebook Messenger is only one of the elements of the Facebook ecosystem in the next five years, he said. In the “road map” of social network — development of video in the “live” mode (to do this, Facebook will launch a platform for developers Live, which, according to Zuckerberg, will allow you to organize online broadcast “from any device, not just smartphones”), technologies of artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, as well as expanded coverage of the Internet audience.

The creation of bots actively involved in other Internet companies. On the eve of the F8 conference messenger Telegram Pavel Durov has updated the bot platform in your application. Started the bots and the Russian “Yandex”: the company invested in developer chat-bots Chatfuel together with accelerators YCombinator, 500 Startups, Fund The Knight Foundation and several private investors.