Fiish: A Chatbot to feed my Betta fish

Rachit
Rachit
Jan 8, 2017 · 3 min read

Earlier this week, I walked into Pet Smart for the first time in my life with a subtle intention of getting a pet. World with a pet is amazing, agree? I ended up getting a male Betta fish for our house. He’s pretty chilled out, but I still gotta feed it and I hate forgetting.

I loved decorating the fish tank!
Dummy logo for our bot (pulled from Google)

So to not forget feeding this little dude, I wanted to spend some time today to create a bot to help me with this mundane task.

Why a bot?

Fiish is a bot that lives inside of Facebook Messenger and reminds you to feed your fish

Specifics

Some basic things I wanted to clarify and think out before diving into the process.

Message received with a reminder → User fed the fish → The end

Quick Prototyping

I used Botframe for mocking a sample conversation
Onboarding prototype I made using Botsociety
Capturing the happy path

At this point, I could see it working in action. I sent these videos out to a few people to take a look at and give me feedback.

Next step was to incorporate these changes and dive deep into building Fiish.

Platform used

I had played around with Chatfuel previously so used it to build the interface and link it to FB Messenger. But there are so many platforms out there which you can use. Feel free to experiment!

I also had to include an integration with Zapier to make Fiish ping me every morning at 8. Still unsure if it works without any roadblocks but I’ll improve it as I learn.

Download Fiish: m.me/fiishbot

What’s coming

I spent the second half of my Saturday exploring around this. If the integration works, I guess I have one less thing to remember and worry about. Yay!

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