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Yahoo Launches 4 Bots for Facebook Messenger and One of Them Is a Monkey

Yahoo Launches 4 Bots for Facebook Messenger and One of Them Is a Monkey
Highlights
  • A bot each for news, finance, weather and a monkey pet
  • Three of these were earlier introduced in Kik
  • Yahoo Messenger has no support for bots

News, finance, weather and a monkey pet. Yahoo, the Internet giant that once was, is bringing four new bots to Facebook Messenger in a bid to grab a share of the pie that bots have become in the last year, even if their long-time engagement remains unproven at best.

The Yahoo News bot - found at @YahooNews - will help users discover trending stories and learn more about the topics that matter to you. You can also search for specific articles to share with your Facebook friends, if you'd rather open an IM app for that purpose instead of using regular search. (Or a keyboard app, as Gboard successfully showed.)

The Finance bot - @YahooFinance - is exclusive to Facebook Messenger, with the other three - news, weather and the virtual monkey - having been earlier developed for the messaging app Kik last month. "This bot allows you to search the latest news and information in order to stay on top of the stock market and ever-changing world of finance," Yahoo said. "Follow market trends, read finance news and play fun games, then easily share information you find interesting with your friends." Games inside a finance news bot? Sure, why not.

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The Weather bot (@YahooWeather) is as straightforward as it gets, displays the temperature outside along with an image off Flickr, which Yahoo owns.

The last of these bots comes with a virtual monkey - @MonkeyPet - who will share selfies from its virtual travels and even responds to your emojis. Okay, then.

There are currently more than 11,000 bots active on Facebook Messenger, and these four new ones by Yahoo seems to be an attempt to become relevant to new-age users that may have never heard of the company. And with its Internet services facing a sale this year, the company is doing its best to project a strong image, including at shareholders' meetings.

Shame then that Yahoo's own Messenger platform, which received a revamp last year, has no support for such bots.

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Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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