One of the hottest new robot assistants is the Messenger Bot. As you can imagine, it's quite similar to chatbots in other messaging services, such as Yahoo Messenger, Facebook Messenger, and AIM, as well as certain chat-based applications like Skype. However, there are a few distinct differences. In this article, we'll briefly examine each type of bot and how they differ from each other.
The Messenger Bot you install is designed to send automated text messages on your behalf. It will also provide answers to questions, perform basic searches, direct you to relevant websites, and a whole lot more. Unlike other chat-based assistants, it will do all of this without the presence of a real person on your end. Some bot services even claim that they can reach an audience up to fifty times larger than the user base of a traditional assistant.
These services are designed for businesses, as they take up fewer resources to run. The bots are generally easier to set up, have fewer maintenance requirements, and generally last longer than human assistants. They have a much lower development cost as well.
As you can tell by the name, these assistants are designed to help with tedious tasks that require multiple steps to be taken to complete. For example, a search assistant would take a group of keywords, find those that relate to what you're looking for, and then search their databases for that information. A task management assistant would perform all the steps that you'd normally performed within an office. A knowledgebase assistant would take a set of keywords and learn all the associated knowledge bases, and then provide the user with the latest news.
A good bot needs to be fast and reliable, but also flexible enough to take on new tasks as they become available. One popular bot, Know Me, has been downloaded over one million times and works with social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Digg. Knowing uses only one piece of code to work.
Many clients develop their own bots, using them in conjunction with their websites. Some even prefer to use bots when using Facebook Messenger, allowing them to perform some functions without having to stop and download a different program. Webmail systems make it easier to communicate via email.
Chatbots are often referred to as "automated chat" and they are used for chatting with people, either in groups alone. There are two general types of chatbots: text chatbots and web chatbots. A chat chatbot can respond to chat requests as well as your other chat messages. Some bots, such as the Linguini is designed to translate messages. Some bots can be called on to be the sole user in a conversation.
Bots are generally used for research purposes. They can help scientists by automatically building a database of words, phrases, and sentences. They can also be used to perform basic research. They can create blogs, and many now have Flickr and Google Reader accounts.
When you think about it, a personal assistant is not exactly much different from a chatbot. The difference is in the interaction. If you're looking for someone who will watch your children while you're at work, a chat-bot probably isn't the right answer. A chatbot doesn't allow you to set schedules, and it's usually not as responsive as a personal assistant.
However, if you need to talk to someone regularly, or conduct business with them often, a personal assistant is the right choice. Most personal assistants have thousands of messages waiting for you in their inbox. They can be used as a part of your online customer service or can help perform simple tasks like scheduling appointments.
A personal assistant doesn't have to be able to cook, play games, or care for the elderly. In fact, most of them don't. A personal assistant is probably best suited to perform the kind of tasks in life that are more tedious and complex.
You can always decide which type of chatbot is right for you by analyzing your needs and trying a few bots out. You can also ask a third party to do an analysis for you before purchasing a bot. This will be much cheaper than paying someone to write a technical manual about the different types of bots.