At its annual two-day developer conference, F8, Facebook has made some important announcements. As expected, Facebook has continued its focus on evolving Messenger as a standalone platform. Mark Zuckerberg today officially introduced bots for Messenger to help users communicate with businesses. Also Read - Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram account can get deleted if you do thisAlso Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!
He gave examples how users can directly access content from news publishers as well as order products online from the Messenger. He also cited an example where users can order flowers online without needing to call the customer care. The platform will be mix of artificial intelligence and human interaction. Zuckerberg says Facebook will continue to focus on expanding Messenger in the next five years. Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
Facebook also introduced a slew of new partners such as Poncho weather service and Spring among others with its Bots platform.
Earlier, Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook s 10-year roadmap will focus on giving the ability to everyone share anything. This will also include focus on videos and AI-based services. He also stressed the fact that Internet has helped bring people together and make services global.
He also announced 40 percent growth in developers community with India and Africa being one of the top contributors.
Today s announcement comes shortly after the company announced its Messenger platform has gone past 900 million monthly active users. This means Messenger is now just behind its own WhatsApp messaging platform, which has 1 billion monthly users.
Facebook also expanded its Messenger platform to include scannable profile codes and customized urls and nicknames for Messenger users. The focus however is aimed at helping business connect with customers and vice versa.