Long ago many of us fell in surrender to telegram charms: encrypted messages, stickers, preview of links, mentions and responses to specific messages in groups, support for Apple Watch … many of these features already had Telegram before WhatsApp (and some are yet to come to it).
But if there is one original functionality In Telegram above all is the possibility of interacting with bots. And since the API to create Telegram bots is public, there are not a few who have started to create one. Some are designed to be useful or programmed for pure fun, some are for personal use, others make more sense if used in groups … Whether to chat with him on your own or add him to your group of friends, there are practically a bot for every occasion.
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With so many Telegram bots available, it can be a bit tricky to find the most practical, useful, or fun ones. That is why in this list we recommend a few thoughtful ones for all kinds of tastes and needs. To test them, you just have to click on their name, and a tab will open in your browser from which you can contact the bot directly. If you also have the desktop Telegram client installed, the bot will automatically open in it.
A bot that you can ask for images of whatever. Its use is very simple: you just have to open a chat and write
/get followed by the keyword related to what you are looking for. You can also locate animated GIFs with the command
/getgif. Be careful, sometimes the result may not be what you expect …
With this bot you can get a Weather forecast of the weather in your city, for tomorrow or for the next five days. It has support for several languages (including Spanish), for degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit, and you can also program it to send you the forecast for the next day in an automatic message.
A bot that you can program to send you a specific message at a specific time, as a reminder. There is another with this same function called DeLorean.
This is one of the so-called bots inline, that is, they can be used in groups without having to join them. With him you can check the price of any product on Amazon, along with a graph with the evolution of the price and a link to the product file. To use it, just type
@amazonglobalbot in any chat window followed by the name of the product, and you will see a list of results in which you can select one of them. It can be configured to work with different versions of Amazon (including the Spanish one).
GifBot is another bot inline, and it is the best for get the animated GIF you need at all times. To use it, all you have to do is type
@gif in any chat window followed by a keyword to search, wait for the results, and then tap on the GIF you want to send. Also, you can save any GIF sent or received in a chat to reuse it later.
This is one of those bots that gives more game if used in a group. It is a question and answer game in the style of Trivial Pursuit, on various topics (in English, yes). Questions may or may not have a time limit to answer, and the bot keeps statistics of the participants.
And we continue with games, this time with the classic of Hangman– Find out the word by suggesting letters before your lives run out. The bot has support for multiple languages, including Spanish. It also keeps a record of wins and losses.
Can’t get enough of @ImageBot’s photos and @GifBot’s animated GIFs? Nothing happens, you can also use UmadBot, a bot designed to send you instantly the most suitable GIF for every occasion. You just have to select the corresponding feeling on the keyboard (anger, joy, surprise, laughter …) and the bot will send the GIF (without possibility of previous choice). The keyboard arrows allow you to continue exploring GIFs about the same emotion.
VidBot is another bot inline that you can use from any chat. It works very similar to @GifBot, only instead of animated GIFs, it lets you search and share videos directly in chat from where you request their services. Faster than looking for it yourself on YouTube!
A simple bot that search images on the Internet so you can use them as wallpaper. The images are of various themes, and are received directly in the chat window of the bot.
Are you interested in the horoscope? Well, there is also a bot for you. His name is @Zodiac and after a few short questions to get to know you a little better, he will send you your astrological prediction of the day. It has support for several languages, including Spanish.
With so much reading about bots, haven’t you want to do yours? There are various tutorials on the internet to help you with this, but of course, there is also a bot! It’s called PaqueBot and it goes guiding step by step through the creation process, directly from the Telegram interface, without writing a single line of code. Of course, don’t expect to create something extraordinary, but as a bot’s first personal project it’s not bad at all.
After all these bots, are there still any to discover? Of course, and @StoreBot helps you discover them. This “bot bot” collects rankings with the most valued, the most recent or the best news, among others, and also allows you to browse the available bots through categories. If you discover any worthwhile, share them in a comment!
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