Creating Users

Users are created in two different ways.

  1. Automatically whenever a user sends their first message to a Sunshine Conversations app.
  2. Via the REST API.

Automatically creating users

When a user is automatically created because they send their first message, all of their information is available in the webhook payload their message triggers (and in all subsequent webhook payloads triggered by that user).

"appUser": {
    "_id": "c7f6e6d6c3a637261bd9656f"

the canonical Sunshine Conversations ID used to identify that user is available as the _id property of the appUser JSON property of the webhook payload.

Creating users via the REST API

It’s possible to create a user before they send a message. Check out the API reference docs.

You might want to do this because

  • you have access to the User’s mobile number and want to initiate a conversation with them
  • you want to pre-initialize a user of your Website or Mobile app so that you can set some properties on them or send them messages that are waiting for them when they first login
  • finally, you might want to integrate your own over the top messaging channel

Note, that it isn’t possible to pre-contact users over channels like Facebook Messenger, because social platforms only allow their users to initiate conversations with businesses, and not the other way around.

When you create a user, you need to specify a userId property. The userId is a canonical ID used to reference the user, and is interchangeable with the _id property that Sunshine Conversations creates for each user.

Here’s the minimum required call to create a user (see the API reference for more options):

curl \
     -X POST \
     -d '{"userId":"some-user-id"}' \
     -H 'content-type: application/json' \
     -H 'authorization: Bearer your-app-scoped-jwt'