So the premise is neat and we as an industry are clearly excited about it, but what’s the experience actually like for news consumers? This app started as a chat platform that has expanded with bots and games that users can chat with, as well as open-sourced tools for developers to build on these experiences within the app.Are news delivery bots as super awesome for the average mobile user as we think they are, or is it too early in the game for these products to be truly useful? Apparently, Carly (following CNN): I refused to install Messenger for the longest time but was finally forced to because I have certain friends (names omitted to protect the guilty) who refuse to communicate any other way.Heck, according to one chatbot developer, they “will completely kill websites and mobile apps.” After all, who needs a website or an app when you can just talk to a chatbot about what you want?
He told Pink News: “It’s not a natural conversation flow – so it seems supicious but equally it its convincing enough to be real.” One Twitter user questioned why, if trying to convince Grindr users a bot was a real man, would they name him Herbert.
The reader, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had received the same set of messages more than once, and that he realised he was not speaking to a real person when he began receiving responses not lining up with what he said.
One Twitter user tried an unusual method to discover that the guy was not real “When you get it the second time – you’re like ‘what?!
News-writing bots may have faded from hedlines for the time being, but that could be because our industry has found a new futuristic fixation: direct news distribution bots through apps like Quartz, Facebook Messenger and even Slack.
It’s a cool premise: download an app and let the news come to you in bite-sized chunks.