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Yahoo chatbots come to Facebook Messenger (and it’s awesome)

(SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS) Yahoo recently launched some of the first chatbots on the popular messenging platform, Kik. Now, they want to bring these bots over to Facebook, but will they be successful?

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Yahoo is making another well-planned move to stay on-trend with the Internet game. Yahoo plans to launch four of their most popular chatbots (weather, news, monkey, and finance) on a new platform. You may remember, we covered Yahoo’s recent launch of these chatbots on the popular messenger platform, Kik. They have been well-received as a way to help people learn how to use the services in a more conversational, trendy setting.

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Chatbots definitely have advantages for things like immediate customer service responses (since Facebook times your responses), engaging your followers, or running special promotions (like games), but I’m not sure how long news and weather bots will remain relevant and engaging.

The greater majority of cell phone users engage with smartphones; smartphones have apps for news and weather that send notifications to the top of your screen (if enabled). However, it makes sense with so many people on Facebook Messenger, you want to keep them on the platform as long as possible, and using chatbots creates the potential to extend a user’s engagement, in my opinion.

What they’re bringing to Facebook Messenger

The news, weather, and finance bots from Yahoo are fairly self-explanatory; the monkey chatbot, or “virtual pets” chatbot, is a little bit different, however. The MonkeyPets chatbot, will give Facebookers the ability to send emojis to a virtual pet, which will then send a “selfie” back to the user as a form of two-way interaction. If you’re old enough to remember Tamagotchi’s or Gigapets, you’ll know what Yahoo is aiming for here.

The weather bot will function exactly as the Kik bot functions: it will show you the weather, temperature, and Flickr images to bring your desired forecast to life, right inside Facebook. The news bot will bring trending stories and news articles that can easily be shared with friends from inside the Messenger. The finance app is the new kid on the block. When Yahoo launched their chatbots on Kik, the finance option wasn’t included.

Exclusive to Facebook, this bot will provide stock market updates, trends, financial news, and games to help you keep an eye on your investments. As with the other bots, you can share this information with anyone you want right from Facebook Messenger.

Pretty cool, but there is some fierce competition

Currently, there are over 11,000 chatbots in the Facebook market, but Yahoo hopes launching their bots into the Facebook Messenger market will increase exposure for their services. Whether or not people will choose to interact with their bots over say, more mainstream bots like CNN and Poncho. People tend to have a preference for chat, weather, and finance tips; I’m not sure if Yahoo will be able to break the threshold and become a fan-favorite in the chatbot world or not, but one thing is clear: chatbots are the future, especially on Messenger.

Facebook has extensive developer tools for anyone interested in created a chatbot, so they obviously think they will only gain in popularity. What do you think? Will chatbots replace human responses, or are they just a cool new way to interact?

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Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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  1. Fidel

    July 11, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    What yahoo need is bring back the yahoo chat that they have before,

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Zillow launches real estate brokerage after eons of swearing they wouldn’t

(MEDIA) We’ve warned of this for years, the industry funded it, and Zillow Homes brokerage has launched, and there are serious questions at hand.

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Zillow Homes was announced today, a Zillow licensed brokerage that will be fully operational in 2021 in Phoenix, Tucson, and Atlanta.

Whoa, big huge yawn-inducing shocker, y’all.

We’ve been warning for more than a decade that this was the end game, and the company blackballed us for our screams (and other criticisms, despite praise when merited here and there).

Blog posts were penned in fiery effigy calling naysayers like us stupid and paranoid.

Well color me unsurprised that the clarity of the gameplan was clear as day all along over here, and the paid talking heads sent out to astroturf, gaslight, and threaten us are now all quiet.

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We watched The Social Dilemma – here are some social media tips that stuck with us

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Here are some takeaways from watching Netflix’s The Social Dilemma that helped me to eliminate some social media burnout.

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Last weekend, I made the risky decision to watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix. I knew it was an important thing to watch, but the risk was that I also knew it would wig me out a bit. As much as I’m someone who is active “online,” the concept of social media overwhelms me almost more than it entertains (or enlightens) me.

The constant sharing of information, the accessibility to information, and the endless barrage of notifications are just a few of the ways social media can cause overwhelm. The documentary went in deeper than this surface-level content and got into the nitty gritty of how people behind the scenes use your data and track your usage.

Former employees of high-profile platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, and Pinterest gave their two cents on the dangers of social media from a technological standpoint. Basically, our data isn’t just being tracked to be passed along for newsletters and the like. But rather, humans are seen as products that are manipulated to buy and click all day every day in order to make others money and perpetuate information that has astronomical effects. (I’m not nearly as intelligent as these people, so watch the documentary to get the in-depth look at how all of this operates.)

One of the major elements that stuck with me was the end credits of The Social Dilemma where they asked interviewees about the ways they are working to eliminate social media overwhelm in their own lives. Some of these I’ve implemented myself and can attest to. Here’s a short list of things you can do to keep from burning out online.

  1. Turn off notifications – unless there are things you need to know about immediately (texts, emails, etc.) turn it off. Getting 100 individual notifications within an hour from those who liked your Instagram post will do nothing but burn you (and your battery) out.
  2. Know how to use these technologies to change the conversation and not perpetuate things like “fake news” and clickbait.
  3. Uninstall apps that are wasting your time. If you feel yourself wasting hours per week mindlessly scrolling through Facebook but not actually using it, consider deleting the app and only checking the site from a desktop or Internet browser.
  4. Research and consider using other search tools instead of Google (one interviewee mentioned that Qwant specifically does not collect/store your information the way Google does).
  5. Don’t perpetuate by watching recommended videos on YouTube, those are tailored to try and sway or sell you things. Pick your own content.
  6. Research the many extensions that remove these recommendations and help stop the collection of your data.

At the end of the day, just be mindful of how you’re using social media and what you’re sharing – not just about yourself, but the information you’re passing along from and to others. Do your part to make sure what you are sharing is accurate and useful in this conversation.

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WeChat ban blocked by California judge, but for how long?

(SOCIAL MEDIA) WeChat is protected by First Amendment concerns for now, but it’s unclear how long the app will remain as pressure mounts.

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WeChat barely avoided a US ban after a Californian judge stepped in to temporarily block President Trump’s executive order. Judge Laurel Beeler cited the effects of the ban on US-based WeChat users and how it threatened the First Amendment rights of those users.

“The plaintiffs’ evidence reflects that WeChat is effectively the only means of communication for many in the community, not only because China bans other apps, but also because Chinese speakers with limited English proficiency have no options other than WeChat,” Beeler wrote.

WeChat is a Chinese instant messaging and social media/mobile transaction app with over 1 billion active monthly users. The WeChat Alliance, a group of users who filed the lawsuit in August, pointed out that the ban unfairly targets Chinese-Americans as it’s the primary app used by the demographic to communicate with loved ones, engage in political discussions, and receive news.

The app, along with TikTok, has come under fire as a means for China to collect data on its users. U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has stated, “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.”

This example is yet another symptom of our ever-globalizing society where we are learning to navigate between connectivity and privacy. The plaintiffs also pointed out alternatives to an outright ban. One example cited was in Australia, where WeChat is now banned from government officials’ phones but not others.

Beeler has said that the range in alternatives to preserving national security affected her decision to strike down the ban. She also explained that in regards to dealing with national security, there is “scant little evidence that (the Commerce Department’s) effective ban of WeChat for all US users addresses those concerns.”

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