The Messenger chatbot on my example Hub is a pale imitation of what Beta users should get.
I piloted a Hub-driven chatbot - a 'curatorbot' - in 2016, and wrote three articles for ChatBot Magazine as a result. From the first:
What’s a CuratorBot? The clue is in the name: it’s for people or organizations who bring value by helping others find useful stuff.
- How and Why to Add a CuratorBot to Your Content Strategy
Essentially, people feed the bot keywords, and it returns relevant stuff I Think, Like and Do.
I created the bot using Chatfuel in 2016, when my Hub was built using Diigo, IFTTT and Tumblr. When I launched MyHub.ai I simply tweaked the chatbot so that it sourced its content from myhub.ai/@mathewlowry, but I didn't improve it any further.
If Beta users like the idea, however, MyHub chatbots will be much more powerful:
instead of presenting users with reading relevant to one keyword, such a bot would walk users through refining their search, quickly drilling through mountains of content to find the diamond they need using no more than their thumb as they wait for a bus.
- Boosting CuratorBots with Faceted Search
With the days of chatbot mania fading from memory, however, whether we build the chatbot feature during or after the Beta phase - or perhaps never - will depend at least in part on MyHub.ai's Beta users.
For now, My Hub.ai is in Alpha phase, so sign up to get yourname.myhub.ai.
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