Taylor is an automated travel assistant that runs on Telegram.

Taylor

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Pieter Levels

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"You can get pretty far with an MVP using Typeform, Zapier, and FancyHands," says Levels on Twitter. So much so, he's now writing a book, MAKE, that is focused on "how to build something that solves your problem, even if you can't code, by using off-the-shelf tools." - per https://zapier.com/blog/prototype-app-zapier/#taylor

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3 things to know when building a no-code chatbot with Telegram

What I learned:

1. Pieter Levels makes things with code. But Levels says himself that's not necessary to get started, "how to build something that solves your problem, even if you can't code, by using off-the-shelf tools.". The first project I was ever introduced to was this project using mainly no-code tools. This is the genesis of my journey to discovering no-code tools Typeform was the first time I witnessed this as I noticed he used this as a form in the place of a landing page. 5 years ago, this was new and unheard of. This was before Carrd was a hit or any other quick solution. Build with the simplest tools to learn, that give you the biggest output. That's the essence of no-code.

2. Here Levels uses Typeform to onboard users into Telegram. This was never a full fledged project, but he created an MVP that leveraged virtual assitants found through Fancy Hands to help answer questions to users a user who is looking for help navigating a new place visited. https://thenextweb.com/apps/2015/07/06/this-chatbot-tells-you-where-to-live-and-work-next/feed/%7B%7B%20linkTracker/

3. 5 years ago Levels had to build a custom integration with Telegram. Now it would be worth exploring connecting automatically from using Integromat as a bot: https://www.integromat.com/en/integrations/telegram/twitch/zapier

You may still need to do manual sign ups, but atleast you can use this bot to help bring a ton of value to your group.

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