In January of 2017, as I was going home on the subway, I observed what people were doing during their ride. Some of them read books while others played match-3 games.
Match-3 games? Why people play them? Do they want to pass their time? Why do they do this dumb thing? The answer came to me. They want to clear their screen and match colors to blast the bubbles and gain some satisfaction.
Why not put the same logic in a chat-based game for Messenger?
I decided that I could create three rows of emojis and create some sort of emoji blast game on Messenger. Sound boring? Maybe. The interactions are not as fun as in iOS/Android games, but I decided that I could use gifs to simulate the same visual effects. So I opened GIPHY.com and found some funny gifs that were relevant to my idea, like blasting fruits or shooting from a gun. …
“We’ve all got bills to pay, fiscal responsibilities to meet, retirements to save for — and we need help.
As tens of thousands of chatbots proliferate across Slack, Facebook, and other platforms, you hear naysayers claim that bots might be useful someday but that today they’re little more than a gimmick. It’s hard to feel that way after you learn about a handful of chatbots that have saved people more than $10 million.” –– Khari Johnson, Venturebeat
PennyCat is the first chatbot for Facebook Messenger that allows people to find coupons for online stores. In order to use PennyCat people just need to chat with PennyCat on Messenger. When a user asks to find coupon codes for a specific store, PennyCat makes a search on hundreds of coupon websites and provides all the available coupon codes found for that store.
Our team believes that browsing of coupon websites is an old fashioned and time-consuming way to find a deal. Usually, when people want to find discount coupons, it requires them to search for them on Google or try different coupon websites where a lot of inactive or old coupons can be found. …