Yahoo unveils Facebook Messenger bots along with a pet monkey
NEW DELHI: Yahoo has launched four bots for Facebook Messenger on both iOS and Android platform and interestingly one of them is a pet monkey. These “algorithmically-driven” bots are designed to provide information to user in the form of chats on Messenger.
Yahoo is providing Finance, News and Weather information via its @Yahoo Finance, @YahooNews and @YahooWeather bots on Messenger. The monkey bot or @MonkeyPet is just for fun. “Send as many emojis as your heart desires to MonkeyPet (@MonkeyPet), an emoji loving virtual pet that shares selfies from its “travels”, writes Andrew Poon, VP product management, Yahoo in a post.
So, if someone wants stock market information on their Messenger chat, a simple query like “Today’s market?” on the chat will yield results. The same happes with news. By just asking “What’s trending?” to the @YahooNews bot will list results. “Users can even search for specific news articles to send to your friends directly in Messenger,” says Poon.