Facebook likely to announce support for chatbots within Messenger at F8

Facebook likely to announce support for chatbots within Messenger at F8

Social network Facebook scheduled to hold its annual F8 developer conference at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on April 12 and April 13, 2016. It is being widely speculated that one of the key announcements likely to be made by the company at the event will be support for chatbots within Facebook Messenger messaging service.

With chatbots being software robots which have the capability to perform simple tasks for users, Facebook is apparently aware of its potential benefits for businesses. At the F8 conference, the company will likely announce the launch of new APIs which will bring chatbots into the Messenger service, along with a plugin for businesses to enable them to tap into the product.

Facebook’s plans to incorporate bot technology into the Facebook Messenger messaging service is not surprising, especially since recent reports have revealed that the company has already given developers the access to a secret chat SDK.

The use of bot technology by Facebook for its popular Messenger service will unfold the potential for developing more interactive experiences within Messenger, thereby enabling users to shop, book travel, and do several other things.

Facebook’s decision to use bot technology comes against the backdrop of the fact that some of Messenger’s rivals -- like Line, Kik, WeChat, Microsoft, Skype, Slack, and Telegram – are already using the technology.