I've always played around with the idea of a personal bot of sorts. A single bot that takes care of multiple problems. Maybe you want to convert a currency or check the weather or be notified when your website goes down or even when someone sends out a tweet. Right now, this would probably involve four different apps or services and if one of them is your email, then this notification will probably get lost amongst the hundreds of other notifications and emails you get.
Owen Williams wrote about how he uses Slack for this and it isn't a bad idea. Almost every major application supports alerts on Slack and if one doesn't, it's pretty easy to set up a webhook to achieve the same result. But, do I really want to use Slack for this? I am already overwhelmed by the number of notifications and unread messages I have when I open Slack and I don't want this to be another Slack team that I open every unread message on just so that pesky little dot goes away.
What's my big idea then? Telegram! Telegram has a pretty slick API which I happen to have some experience working with back in the day when I built my FPL bot. It also happens to be an app that I am happy to have on my phone which I always have with me. I can also carefully curate the things I want to be notified about and not be overwhelmed by the other notifications within the same app.
So, over the course of the next month or so (mostly on weekends and evenings), I am going to be working on Botler - your own personal AI butler (yes, I know). I already have a couple of ideas for things I want to be notified about and also some basic utility commands the bot can respond to. I am also going to build this in public and share my progress throughout the course of building the app and who knows I might even try and turn it into a SAAS if there's enough interest.
Well, I guess that's it for the introduction. The reason behind this post was mostly so I can hold myself accountable for actually getting this done. Let me know what you think about the idea and if you have any suggestions for features Botler should have on Twitter.
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It's me again, thought it might make sense to link parts here whenever I publish them so they'd all be in one place: