We’re excited to introduce bots for the Messenger Platform. Bots can provide anything from automated subscription content like weather and traffic updates, to customized communications like receipts, shipping notifications, and live automated messages all by interacting directly with the people who want to get them.
The Messenger Send / Receive API will support not only sending and receiving text, but also images and interactive rich bubbles containing multiple calls-to-action. Developers can also set a welcome screen for their threads to set context as well as different controls.
Starting today developers have access to documentation for building bots and can submit them for review. Facebook says it will gradually accept and approve submissions.
Additionally, the company has built discovery tools such as plugins for websites, usernames, and Messenger Codes, as well as a search surface in Messenger. Additionally Facebook News Feed ads will enable the opening of threads on Messenger and a new customer matching feature will allow messages that are usually sent through SMS to be sent on Messenger.
Finally, the availability of Wit.ai’s Bot Engine will let developers build complex bots that can interpret intent from natural language, and continuously learn to get better over time.
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