Building the City Cinema Telegram Bot

Quick on the heels of the City Cinema Twitter Bot, here’s the City Cinema Telegram Bot.

If you use Telegram as a messaging app, you can query this bot just like you can the Twitter one: “what’s playing on Sunday?” and so on. It’s powered by the same API.ai back-end as the Twitter bot is, and there were no coding changes required to support this integration.

Here’s what it looks like:

Screen shot of a Telegram conversation with the CityCinemaBot.

You gotta hand it to Telegram for eating its own dog food: the entire process of setting up a new “bot” is handled conversationally with the BotFather.