Bots, Books, and BIockbuster News From Wattpad

If you’re following the news in places like The Hollywood Reporter, Bloomberg, and Mashable, you may have heard about our entertainment division, Wattpad StudiosWith all the buzz around this exciting announcement, it was easy to miss some other exciting launches from Wattpad. Check them out below:

Meet The Harry Bot, quite possibly the world’s greatest virtual boyfriend

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Look out gentlemen, there’s a suave new bot taking Kik Messenger by storm and he’s probably more charming than you are. Wattpad’s massively successful engagement project and story recommendation bot interacts with fans by channeling the perfect Harry Styles.

This collaborative Hack Day project, spearheaded by Amanda, Samantha, Emily, Jen, and Alessandra at Wattpad, has resulted in over 6.7 million Kik messages since it’s inception. That’s a lot of story recommendations! The average user on Kik messages the Harry Bot about 16 times a day. That puts Harry in the upper tier of success and engagement on Kik.

Bots are back and better than ever. You can check out Wattpad CPO and Co-Founder, Ivan Yuen, dish on this interesting topic with Parmy Olson of Forbes.

Imagines introduces the real world to an internet phenomenon

A few weeks ago, we teamed up with Gallery Books and 33 Wattpad Stars to make history with the release of a first-of-its-kind anthology, Imagines: Celebrity Encounters Starring You. The collection of imagines puts readers into the story through second-person adventures that feature some world’s favourite celebrities.

Our friends at The Daily Dot released an exclusive excerpt from the anthology while Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post’s digital culture reporter, penned this feature about the release.

You can check out some great interviews with the writers involved in the project on Fangirlish and hear from two of the Canadian Wattpad Stars featured in the anthology  on CBC Books.
We have many exciting things underway this year. If you’d like to be one of the first to know about our latest announcements and projects, get in touch with us through press[at]wattpad.com

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