Facebook’s beefing up its huge army of Messenger bots as Google and Amazon catch up

The bot revolution is happening fast for Facebook. After launching third-party bots in April offering everything from forecasts to your boarding pass, the social network says there are now more than 11,000 bots active on Facebook.

To celebrate, Facebook is adding a bunch of new features that could show up on your favorite bots soon—if developers enable them, that is.

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Persistent menus for the Poncho bot on Facebook Messenger.

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No! Facebook Messenger advertising? Spam-valanche in 3… 2… 1…

Facebook Messenger advertising is coming: Brace yourselves. This leaked document says brands can begin IM’ing ads to us soon—it mentions a way to prevent spam, but companies already seem to be tip-toeing their ways around it.

The rumor seems to be somewhat confirmed. And it matches other statements that Facebook made recently. Mind you, it does contradict Mark Zuckerberg’s quote about (errm) not advertising in messaging.

So let’s remove Messenger from our phones? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers never actually installed it in the first place.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Walking in London

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