Chatbots arent limited to Facebooks own apps, like Messenger or the Facebook iPhone app. Even if you dont use Facebook for your chat applications, you can still build your own chatbot. Of course, the best place to start is with Facebooks own Chat Application, which is Facebook Chat.
This tool is used for building applications for Facebooks other services, including its Messenger service. As the name implies, Chat Application allows you to chat with other people through Messenger. The application supports the Messenger Bot functionality, which means you can program a chatbot in such a way that its able to respond to user commands.
You can build your own Messenger Bot, or you can pay a developer to do it for you. Either way, youll find that you have plenty of options.
In order to use this application, youll need to sign up with Facebook first. After youve done so, you should create a Facebook ID, then go to the Application page, which you should visit at the main Facebook home page. Here, youll be able to see the page for Chat Application.
When you log in, youll be prompted to select a username. From there, youll be given the option to choose your preferred language. Now, visit the URL that says Create an App at the bottom of the page. Once you click the link there, youll be directed to the Sign Up page.
Here, youll have the choice to upload a photo, your email address, or your Facebook username. If you already have a Facebook profile, enter that first. Your profile picture will appear in your avatar on the left. Next, youll be given the option to customize your Facebook username.
To do so, select the first option, Change My Profile Picture, and choose a new one. Next, choose a picture from the image gallery, browse for it, and click the upload button. Youll be asked to enter a valid email address before youre able to access your profile picture.
After you fill out your profile information, you should have the option to sign in with your Facebook password. If you dont yet have a Facebook account, you can choose to get one as soon as you finish filling out your profile information.
As well as having the Facebook developer tools, youll also need to download the Facebook SDK for creating applications. After youve downloaded these tools, youll need to open a command prompt, then navigate to your C drive. At the command prompt, type cat extensions/facebook-sdk-linux-x86_64.dll and then press enter.
Once you have the Facebook SDK, you can download the necessary coding languages from the Facebook website. If you have problems, visit the developer support page to troubleshoot.
Using the Facebook Messenger Bot makes it easy to interact with other users. Of course, you wont be able to chat with them – yet – but youll be able to add updates to your profile, update your wall, or send a message to a friend directly from your computer. Of course, with a Messenger Bot, youll need to be connected to Facebook for the program to work, but once youve gotten everything set up, youll be able to program your own chatbot to answer and respond to all kinds of user-requested actions.