Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Verbots Online closing down at the end of August

We are sad to announce Verbots Online will be closing on August 31st, 2012. On September 1st users will find any existing deployments to be non-operational.

It's been a good run. Verbots Online launched in 2006 to give Verbots users a web-enabled way to show off their virtual personalities. Since then we've built up a very loyal base of users who created engaging Virtual Personalities and introduced them to the world.

While we know this decision is a disappointment to some, Verbot Standard Edition and Verbots.com will remain up and running for the foreseeable future as will the community (bulletin boards).

Existing Users:

You may have already noticed but two weeks ago we removed the ability to make payments through VerbotsOnline. We will be emailing existing (paying) users to recommend they cancel their payment subscriptions through PayPal and we will also be going through and canceling as many subscriptions as we can find. Anyone who has paid in advance will be getting a refund based on the time remaining.

We recommend downloading your chat logs as once the server is taken down you won't have access to any information that is currently there.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments field or post them in the Verbots Forums.

Monday, July 16, 2012

A little history: Chatterbots and Conversive

A little history for all you Chatterbot fans:

  • 1966 - Joseph Weizenbaum developed the original chatterbot, ELIZA. 
  • 1994 - Dr. Michael ("Fuzzy") Mauldin, Founder of Lycos, Inc., developed a prototype chatterbot, Julia. 
  • 1997 - Dr. Mauldin and Peter Plantec formed Virtual Personalities, Inc. to create viable NLP solutions for companies. 
  • 2000 – Sylvie - The first Verbally Enhanced Software Robot - or, Verbot was released. 
  • 2001 – Virtual Personalities, Inc. became Conversive, Inc. to reflect the focus on providing Customer Service and Marketing Solutions to the Enterprise. 
  • 2003 – Conversive’s Application Platform version 5 (CAP5) released. 
  • 2004 – Verbot desktop version 4 is released for the enthusiast community. 
  • 2006 – Verbot Online version released: let your website visitors chat with your bot! 
  • 2007 – Conversive Live Automation released, seamlessly integrates live web chat with the power of Conversive’s proven automation technologies. 
  • 2009 – Verbot desktop version 5 released, fully featured Free version.
  • 2012 - Verbot Online version ends.
  • 2012 - Verbots (through Conversive) are acquired by Avaya, Inc. 
  • 2014 - Verbots.com, Community forums accidently but permanently shutdown. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Welcome to the un-official Verbots blog! My name is Chris and I work for the company who publishes Verbots. Note: I don't speak for the company and am writing this in my personal time.

I plan to use this space for regular updates to the Verbots family of products including Verbots and Verbots.com - in addition to posts on the Verbots forums. New and existing users should find it easier to subscribe to this blog and/or RSS updates instead of checking the forums.

I wanted a place that was a little more public to talk about Verbots. Maybe this site can be a little more active in content than the Verbots.com homepage. If you'd like to write something about Verbots or chatter bots (do a guest post) drop a line!