As a so-so programmer, I recently looked up how to create a Facebook messenger bot that could automatically share new posts from my blog (as an alternative to someone subscribing via email or RSS). Normally, if I can find a suitable Github library or clear enough tutorial, and the app isn’t too complicated, I can hack it and get it working. What I was surprised to find is the social media bot ecosystem has already evolved so quickly that you can build your own Facebook messenger bot in a few minutes without writing a single line of code. Even better, you can do it completely free. So I thought I’d share a quick tutorial on how to make your own marketing or customer service bot (or just something to impress your friends).
Want to see my messenger bot in action? Click the button below to chat with the (simple AI version) of me [note: this may launch the messenger conversation on your phone if you have the app open there but not in your browser].
As you can see, it’s a pretty simple, but there are a lot of different possibilities if you take the time to invest in your bot’s communication logic. So let’s get into the tutorial.