The winners of the first ever ChatBottle Awards have been announced, with matchmaking chatbot Foxsy named the best social chatbot of 2016.
The idea for the ChatBottle Awards was announced last December, the awards designed to celebrate the best chatbots of 2016 in the categories of travel, productivity, social, e-commerce, entertainment, and news.
From 9th-18th January this year, over 2,500 people across 65 countries voted for the best chatbots on Facebook Messenger, Slack, Kik, Telegram and Skype – voters able to choose from a list of around 35 bots that were nominated by industry experts.
Foxsy is a matchmaking chatbot for Facebook Messenger that assists people in finding “a beautiful and meaningful connection with the right person.”
Founded by Jin Tanaka, the chatbot aims to create better connections for female users, by “offering support when making a profile and by finding matches with a common interest or hobby.”
Other winners included BFF Trump, which took the top spot for the entertainment category, Meekan which won best productivity chatbot and TechCrunch which won the news award.
Instalocate won best travel chatbot, chatShopper took the award for best in e-commerce and Swelly won the editors’ choice award.