Preibo was a chatbot for Facebook Messenger. It “understood” Amazon product links, ASINs, ISBNs, and lets you search on Amazon. Any found Amazon product could be added to a watchlist and was then continuously monitored by Preibo. Whenever the price dropped, a message was sent.
The name “Preibo” is short for the German “Preisroboter” (price robot).
I was fascinated by the paradigm shift that chatbots introduced. While we worked hard towards a responsive, mobile-first, retina-ready, cutting-edge user experience, chatbots reduced UI/UX to one of the very basic means of user interface: text input and text output.
I wrote a longer piece on Preibo and Facebook Messenger trends on Facebook (German).
Update: Preibo is no longer running.
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