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    Posted on Jul 25, 2016

    Watching The Democratic Convention In Philly? So Is BuzzBot

    BuzzFeed News is experimenting with a new way to cover the 2016 conventions.

    1. Bleep-Boop

    The conventions are over and BuzzBot has powered down 🔌, but we'll have the code out shortly if you want to build your own Facebook Messenger bot. 🤖

    Aaron Fernandez / BuzzFeed News

    Was that email leak 👌 or 🔥? And what should we ask Rep. Joaquín Castro at our live event tonight?

    We at BuzzFeed News are experimenting with a new way to cover the 2016 conventions: a Facebook messenger bot that is engaging way to pass the time in Philadelphia by helping us tell the story of the convention.

    We hope you’ll connect with BuzzBot while you’re waiting for a roll call in the arena, protesting behind a police barricade, or just watching at home. We’ll be collecting photos and stories from inside the convention hall and outside at the protests. BuzzFeed News reporters will be all over the convention, but we want to give people on the ground a way to tell us what is going on, especially in places reporters might have missed (or might not be invited).

    Join Us

    2. If you don't already have FB Messenger (Free, iOS and Android) on your phone, definitely install it.

    Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed

    3. Search for "BuzzFeed News" in Messenger.

    Amanda Hickman / BuzzFeed

    ...or 2a) scan the QR Code by going to the People tab > Scan Code ...

    Amanda Hickman / BuzzFeed

    For our iOS friends, the People tab is at the bottom of the screen, and you're just looking for Scan Code.

    ... and holding your phone up to this image:

    4. Click on "Get Started" or just send us a quick "hello" to get started.

    Amanda Hickman / BuzzFeed
    Amanda Hickman / BuzzFeed

    5. We'll walk you through the rest from there!

    Amanda Hickman / BuzzFeed

    Who Should Use This

    If you're going to be at the Democratic Convention, whether you're inside on the convention floor or outside at the barricades, or just following the news at home, you should add BuzzBot.

    Follow all of our convention coverage, and add BuzzBot!

    BuzzBot Is an Open Lab Project

    The Open Lab for Journalism, Technology, and the Arts is a workshop in BuzzFeed’s San Francisco bureau. We offer fellowships to artists and programmers and storytellers to spend a year making new work in a collaborative environment. Read more about the lab.

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