Apr 25, 2016

Bots vs. Apps

When Facebook says something like "threads are the new apps", it is hardly a coincidence when people start yelling "apps are dead". Quote from this Facebook news release:

"We're seeing a paradigm shift in how people engage. At Messenger we're thinking about how we can help you interact with businesses or services to buy items [...], order rides, purchase airline tickets [...] in truly frictionless and delightful ways. It is so much easier to do everything in one place that has the context of your last interactions, as well as your identity - no need to ever login - rather than downloading apps that you'll never use again and jumping around from one app to another"

Brace yourselves for the "bots vs. apps controversy". I haven't really made up my mind yet, but right now I think that with bots the way I imagine them, I can easily do without a number of apps that I only use infrequently and for very specific purposes. Here's a different, yet interesting take:

http://dangrover.com/blog/2016/04/20/bots-wont-replace-apps.html



If you want to know more about bots, here's a nice overview on VentureBeat:

http://venturebeat.com/2016/04/14/facebook-just-validated-the-bot-movement-for-businesses/

And one on Medium about different types of bots:

https://medium.com/@mg/bot-is-a-hilariously-over-simplified-buzzword-let-s-fix-that-f1d63abb8ba7#.vcly9swaz