Introduction to the Messenger Platform

How does the Messenger Platform work?

When a person sends a message to a Page on Messenger that uses an app to partially or fully automate conversations, the following events take place:

  1. Our server sends messages from the person to the Page on Messenger to the URL of the Page server. The Page server is where the messaging app is hosted.
  2. Using the Send API, the app can respond to the person on Messenger. Using this app developers can build guided conversations to lead people through an automated flow.

The Messenger Platform does not require any payment to use. It is meant for businesses to handle inquiries from their customers. Once you build your experience for your customers to interact with, you can then leverage Ads to bring people to your experience, like for example Click-to-Messenger Ads or Inbox Ads.

What does a Messenger for Business experience look like?

We have a sample eCommerce business that you can chat with on Messenger called Original Coast Clothing.

Chat with Sample Business Here

How do I get started?

You can get started by creating a test page and test app that allows you to try your experience within Messenger. We have some examples that can get you started. Once your app is ready to deploy, you can submit it for review. When your app passes our review process, it will be ready to interact with the public.

In order to get started, you will need Messenger, a Facebook Page, and a url where the webhooks will be sent to.

Here is a step-by-step guide to deploy the above experience into your test page to get you started.

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