Chatfuel for Telegram logoChatfuel for Telegram - Features, Pricing, Alternatives, and More

Chatfuel allows anyone to create their own bots on Telegram Messenger, without coding. Automatically send broadcasts to all your bot subscribers. (Chatfuel was previously known as Paquebot.)

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Chatfuel for Telegram Features

  • Build an interactive bot inside Telegram Messenger without coding
  • Add custom menus and answers to your bot
  • Send messages to your followers or ask them questions to see replies
  • Use integrations to send messages automatically and share info from connected apps
  • Telegram apps available for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Web, Linux, Chrome, and Firefox OS

Chatfuel for Telegram Pricing

  • Free for unlimited bots with limited use
  • Custom pricing for Premium plans for bots with over 100k conversations per month

Last updated August 25, 2016. Please visit the official site for the most up-to-date information.

Chatfuel for Telegram Review

SMS and the original IM apps have faded into the background as WhatsApp, iMessage, Facebook Messenger, LINE, WeChat, and other chat apps have become the most popular way to chat from our phones. Alongside the others, one messaging app has quietly added a million users, and included features like large group chat that make it a handy tool for individual and business use alike: Telegram.

With private, encrypted messages, support for groups with up to 5,000 members, apps for almost every platform, and an API to build your own chat-based applications, and Telegram is a messaging tool that stacks up to both business tools like Slack and personal chat apps like iMessage. Coding bots still takes a bit of work, but with Chatfuel for Telegram, you can build bots right inside chat, too.

It starts out with @botfather, the Telegram tool used to make bots. Type /newbot in a Telegram chat with @botfather, and then enter a name for your bot. That'll give you a token like 12345:6789ABCDEF; copy that to connect your bot to Chatfuel.

Now, it's time to use @chatfuelbot, the tool Chatfuel made to help you setup bots. Just paste in your token, and Chatfuel will install in your bot and give you a link to open it. With that, you're ready to start adding features to your bot.

Open your bot in Telegram, and enter /chatfuel to configure your Chatfuel bot info. There, you can add menus which show up as buttons in the bottom of your chat UI, or add commands and answers so your users can type a phrase and get an automated reply from Chatfuel. You could send a message to everyone who uses your bot, promote your bot on Telegram's Bot Store, or automate your bot by connecting it with Chatfuel for Telegram integrations. Or, you can add questions, which let your users send text replies back to you.

Say you want to make a bot that'd let people get info about your store, and would also share your latest sales and promotions with them. You'd want to add questions to your bot with answers—perhaps with your store hours and locations—and then would want a Chatfuel integration with your blog or store site to post updates to your Telegram audience automatically. Once that's setup, just share your Telegram bot account with your followers (using a link, replacing yourbotname with your bot's name) to start adding followers. You can then use Chatfuel's analytics to see how many users and groups are subscribed to your messages, and how many people have unsubscribed.

With a bit of work, you can make an interactive text app without coding, one that can update your followers with info automatically and share info with users based on their queries. Telegram's a great alternative to the other popular messaging apps, and with Chatfuel, you can turn your conversations into an app that'll grow your audience and help you interact with followers right inside their favorite chat app.

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Reviewed by Matthew Guay, Zapier. Last updated August 25, 2016.

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