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Chat robots

AOL and various other companies supplied robots ('bots) on AIM that could receive messages and send a response based on the 'bot's purpose. For example, 'bots could help with studying, like StudyBuddy. Some were made to relate to children and teenagers, like Spleak, others gave advice, and others were for more general purposes, such as SmarterChild. The more useful chat 'bots had features like the ability to play games, get sport scores, weather forecasts or financial stock information. Users were able to talk to automated chat 'bots that could respond to natural human language. They were primarily put into place as a marketing strategy and for unique advertising options. It was used by advertisers to market products or build better consumer relations.[26]

Before the inclusions of such 'bots, the other 'bots DoorManBot and AIMOffline provided features that were provided by AOL for those who needed it. ZolaOnAOL and ZoeOnAOL were short-lived 'bots that ultimately retired their features in favor of SmarterChild.

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