WikiBot

Instantly get Wikipedia summaries in WhatsApp 💬

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#4 Product of the DaySeptember 24, 2018

WikiBot is a WhatsApp bot which sends you summaries of Wikipedia pages

Reviews

  • J.C. Mauricia
    J.C. MauriciaSr. Director Product, SmartDrive
    Pros: 

    Faster than leaving WhatsApp to open a new browser window

    Cons: 

    Requires that I leave my current chat (worse on mobile than desktop). Should be built in so that I can browse while chatting with friends

    That's it.

    J.C. Mauricia has used this product for one day.
  • Metin Emenullahi
    Metin EmenullahiIn search for salvation in creating
    Pros: 

    Very quick. Very easy-to-use. Wikipedia has never been so close.

    Cons: 

    Not concise. Extremely brief.

    I expected at least a paragraph or two, but what I got was a half of a sentence. I think the replies can be a few sentences longer.

    Metin Emenullahi has used this product for one day.

Discussion

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Robert Horvick
Robert Horvick@robert_horvick · Software Engineer
My daughter is in the Peace Corp and has very limited access to mobile data but her plan has unlimited WhatsApp data. This looks like it could be a great resource for her.
Muaad Abdirahman
Muaad Abdirahman@muaadam · Software Developer
@robert_horvick If only she also had an unlimited FB data plan. I know just the bot that would let her browse the web (including Wikipedia, of course) right inside Facebook Messenger (https://m.me/FreeBrowserBot). More info here: https://browserbot.muaad.me/
Samarth Jajoo
Samarth JajooMaker@jajoosam
WikiBot was a quick experiment to test out the new Twilio WhatsApp API - but it turned out to be quite useful in everyday life 😄 It uses the DuckDuckGo instant answers API to get a summary from a Wikipedia page of the term you send the bot. If you want to try building your own WhatsApp bot - here's a draft of a tutorial I've been writing - https://bit.do/wikibott1 - let me know what you think 💬 P.S - This bot is still in the Twilio Sandbox which is why you see the profile picture and the initial onboarding!
Vivek Sancheti
Vivek Sancheti@evivz · Co-Founder CryptoGround.Com
@jajoosam If you are using Twilio API then it must be costing something?
Samuel
Samuel@samuel2dotun · Backend Developer
@jajoosam the url is now working, good job
Ultra Chuck
Ultra Chuck@ultracuck · CEO @ colabi.co
@jajoosam I wonder, have you tried using Whatsapp's business API: https://developers.facebook.com/... Unlike Twilio API, it's free.
Lee Qixian@swiftpolar · Full-stack Developer
@jajoosam @ultracuck It is not available to everyone yet unfortunately.
Pranav
Pranav@pranaveight
@jajoosam @ultracuck I work on the WhatsApp API at Twilio. The WhatsApp Business API actually isn't free. Template messages will cost the same as what we have here - https://www.twilio.com/whatsapp/.... Facebook just hasn't published pricing yet. Twilio just charges an additional fee for Session messages. It also doesn't have a Sandbox — you can't send messages unless you're first approved 😄
Vivek Sancheti
Vivek Sancheti@evivz · Co-Founder CryptoGround.Com
Looks awesome! So did you do via the official api of WhatsApp? If yes any guide on how you got approval and how much days it took for approval?
Samarth Jajoo
Samarth JajooMaker@jajoosam
@evivz Hey! I'm using Twilio's Sandbox APIs for WhatsApp - here's a draft of a tutorial I wrote on this 👉 https://bit.do/wikibott1
Vivek Sancheti
Vivek Sancheti@evivz · Co-Founder CryptoGround.Com
@jajoosam So how do you plan to earn out it? I see 0.005$ per call charge so you need to bare a lot.
Samarth Jajoo
Samarth JajooMaker@jajoosam
@evivz I don't plan to earn from it 😉 Just a fun project I wanted to share, but I think Twilio's WhatsApp APIs will surely have amazing, much more useful applications coming from it!
Ferruccio Balestreri
Ferruccio Balestreri@frcbls · Maker // Student
Awesome didn't know about the what's app APIs do they cost money?
Samarth Jajoo
Samarth JajooMaker@jajoosam
@frcbls Using Twilio's Sandbox APIs for WhatsApp. There's a free trial too 😄 Short tutorial I built for making the bot: https://bit.do/wikibott1
Eric K
Eric K@eric_url · Product Manager
Great 👌🏾