Bot! zine - Issue #71

Hello everyone! Little bit of housecleaning today -- we're looking for sponsors for our Bot Workshops
Bot! zine - Issue #71
By Bot! zine • Issue #71
Hello everyone! Little bit of housecleaning today – we’re looking for sponsors for our Bot Workshops! If you’re interested, please email (or reply to this email and I’ll put you in touch). It’s a great way to connect with the botmaking community, and to help support!
Have a great week!

Required Reading
It’s Not Their Pop Idol, but a Bot. Fans Cheer Anyway.
Chatbots on Facebook Messenger are changing how the music industry connects with listeners, who say they’re happy to hear even from automated versions of their favorite stars.
Facebook will reveal at its F8 conference a new class of group bots that work inside Messenger group chats. These group bots can keep users informed about real-time news such as a sports game’s progress, ecommerce deliveries, and more, according to three sources familiar with the development of the feature.
Inside chatbots’ year of growing pains: 'We’re at an inflection point'
Chatbots in apps like Facebook’s Messenger and Kik have struggled to live up to the hype, but that might actually help them succeed.
I occasionally meet with a company that worries they’re not ready for bots. They think of bots as an emerging technology fraught with complexity. In some cases, they worry they don’t have the skill set to deploy the technology and get a return on their investment. Others want the technology to “mature” a bit more before they place a bet.
The future of messaging bots and chat for business – Chris Messina
Earlier this week I gave a webinar in collaboration with Infobip on messaging bots and chat for business. My slides with verbal commentary are available here.  •  Share
There has been a lot of bot hype in the last 12 months and only a handful of good bots. Poncho the Weather Cat has stood out as one of the great early chatbots. 
Conversational products are for the fast and the versatile. And even if you don’t care to build one, you have a lot to learn from those who do.
Bot Analytics — The Case For Third Party Tools
As a strong believer in data ownership, I used to think that in-house was the only way to go, but recent experiences with Catbot (virtual cat) and Suzi (friend matchmaking, Vietnamese) have completely changed my mind. For these two mid-sized Messenger bots, third-party solutions turned out to be so easy and useful that we didn’t have to build anything in-house.
New Bots, Tools, and Directories:
Google Cloud Platform Blog: Enterprise Slack apps on Google Cloud--now easier than ever
With support for the Events API in internal integrations, you can now use platforms like Google App Engine or Cloud Functions to host a Slack bot or app just for your team. Even if you’re building an app for multiple teams, internal integrations let you focus on developing your app logic first and wait to implement the OAuth2 flow for distribution until you’re ready.
Edwin: Your AI-powered personal English tutor
This bot is the first step in building a cost-effective service for learning English as a foreign language. Edwin will eventually become a comprehensive EFL service delivered by both bots and humans.
Looking for Sponsors! Bot Workshops
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The way in which customers expect to be able to interact with companies is changing. We’ll look at this change and how you can take advantage of it by creating chatbots using the Microsoft Bot Framework.
Using Python and Twitter’s API we will create an “intelligent” bot. An easy and fun way to learn how Python can be used to build real projects. Our bot will search for tweets mentioning different keywords and reply to them with a pre-defined answer.
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