Foursquare's new bot texts meals strategies earlier than you're hungry

Foursquare is greater than a pleasant meals finder and gentrification-monitoring app — the corporate is now within the bot enterprise with its newest software, Marsbot. The bot analyzes customers’ places and previous preferences to make proactive suggestions by way of textual content on the place to eat or seize a drink subsequent. Marsbot is not a chatbot, which means customers will not ask it for ideas; as an alternative (and ideally), Marsbot will predict whenever you’re able to attempt one thing new and nudge you towards locations you need to take pleasure in.

“Like my bestie, Marsbot learns that I am into pistachio gelato and I spend most of my time in The Mission,” Foursquare product supervisor Marissa Chacko writes. “Like my bestie, Marsbot texts me when it discovers a brand new chai spot opening across the nook from my workplace. And like my bestie, Marsbot is not good, however is all the time full of excellent intentions.”

Marsbot is accessible for iOS units, however solely in New York Metropolis and San Francisco for now. Marsbot continues to be a piece-in-progress, however because it’s tweaked and up to date, Foursquare will slowly open up the app to individuals on the waitlist.

Foursquare determined to construct Marsbot as a separate service, fairly than combine it into the primary app, so it would not get misplaced amongst Foursquare’s different options, Chacko says.

“We needed to check out a brand new app and a brand new communication type,” she says. “Notifications (esp on iOS) have a tendency to enter a black gap, plus there’s little interplay you’ll be able to have with them.”

Marsbot is a nickname and the character is me as a toddler. It is cool to see part of my legacy reside on in Foursquare.

— Mari Sheibley (@mari18) Might 24, 2016

Jessica is knowledgeable nerd, specializing in unbiased gaming, eSports and Harry Potter. She’s written for on-line retailers since 2008, with 4 years as Senior Reporter at Joystiq. She’s additionally a sci-fi novelist with a accomplished manuscript floating via the mysterious ether of potential publishers. Jessica graduated from ASU’s Walter Cronkite Faculty of Journalism in 2011 with a bachelor’s in journalism.