Deciding what to buy with friends?
Ever had a friend who asks you for advice on what products to buy? Ever ask your friends which pair of shoes you should get? Does 'that friend' sometimes know you better than you know yourself?
Conversational commerce and feedback
When I was interning as a Product Designer at Facebook in Summer 2016, I noticed a problem in the process of how friends decide, vote, and ask for feedback on what to buy in a conversational manner. I was very happy when Nagendra, who was also interning as a Product Designer, joined me to work on Messenger Commerce for Friends, during Facebook's Summer Hackathon from about 6-12AM (6 hours).
The goal of Messenger Commerce for Friends is to provide a visual conversation to decipher the product, help each other decide, give feedback on what to purchase, add to cart, and checkout while staying within the contextual chat. Friends are part of the purchasing process and they receive feedback when items are purchased to encourage more conversation.