Not that long ago, ChatBots have become a think of interest in many spheres. Facebook, Google, and many companies have built several platforms with Bot functionalities to interact with their existing services. I have been aware of bots for a while and even had a go at Google Allo. In the present messaging ecosystem, we have a lot of messaging platforms like Whatsapp, Telegram, Slack, Hipchat, WeChat and others competing for the user base. Whatsapp for example boasts of having 1 Billion daily active users. It is also claimed that the user base of messaging platforms has far outnumbered the user base on social networks. So why do I find messaging platforms interesting?

I recently attended the Larcon EU 2017 conference in Amsterdam and the opening talk was given by Marcel Pociot on the topic From zero to multi-platform Chatbot with BotMan. The talk focused on how to build a ChatBot service in PHP. This talk exposed me to what is possible with ChatBots and not long, I began to imagine the things I could build with them.

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