Facebook has updated Messenger once again. However, this time it is to increase Facebook bot functionalities for users. Over the past year, Facebook has been heavily emphasizing the use of bots to increase functionality and efficiency in Messenger.
What the Discover Tab is
Last week, Facebook announced its new Discover tab which enables users to search varying categories of bots, find nearby places and businesses to message. Additionally, the discover tab will enable you to explore via category, featured and recent activity. The Discover Tab is first available to users in the United States, and can be found on the bottom right hand side of the Facebook page.
What This Means for Developers
The previous Facebook Messenger 2.0 launch, enabled developers to launch bots and since the launch in April 2016, over 100,000 bots have been created. Furthermore, according to Facebook, the Discover Tab allows developers to display their talents and message experience to over 1.2 billion people a month. Thus, Facebook considers this chatbot update to be advantageous for developers and businesses looking to grow their company and interact with their current and potential customers.