It’s just two months after ChatGPT’s launch and it already has 100 million users

Feb 5, 2023
Updated • Feb 4, 2023

ChatGPT, the AI chatbot, has reportedly reached 100 million users just two months after its launch, according to analysts. According to data firm Similarweb, ChatGPT received 590 million visits in January from 100 million unique visitors. Investment bank UBS reported that this rate of growth is unprecedented for a consumer application.

ChatGPT breaks records with 100 million users

UBS analysts wrote: ‘In 20 years following the internet space, we cannot recall a faster ramp in a consumer internet app.’ For comparison, it took TikTok approximately nine months after its global release to reach 100 million users, while it took Instagram over two years, according to data from app analysis firm Sensor Tower.

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ChatGPT is capable of generating articles, essays, jokes, poetry, and job applications based on text inputs. Developed by OpenAI, a private company supported by Microsoft, ChatGPT was made available to the public for free in November of 2022. OpenAI is also behind the AI-generated image creator, Dall-E, and is a leading player in the field of generative AI, technology trained on extensive text and image data that can produce content from simple text inputs.

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According to OpenAI, the popularity of ChatGPT and its rapid user growth have given the company a first-mover advantage in the AI industry. OpenAI recently introduced a $20 monthly subscription, exclusive to US users, which offers a faster and more stable service and access to new features before the general public. The growing usage of ChatGPT has also helped the company train the chatbot's responses, despite the substantial computing costs.

OpenAI has not responded to a request for comment made by the prolific publication, The Guardian, regarding the success of ChatGPT and the introduction of its monthly subscription service. The subscription, priced at $20, is currently only available to users in the United States and aims to provide a more stable and faster service along with early access to new features. Analysts believe that ChatGPT's rapid growth and popularity will give OpenAI a competitive edge in the AI industry and the subscription revenue will help offset the high computing costs associated with its usage.

Tech giant Microsoft has made a multi-billion-dollar investment in OpenAI in the form of cash and cloud computing resources, and has launched a premium version of its Teams product that utilizes OpenAI's ChatGPT technology. This offers AI-powered extras such as automatically generated meeting notes and organized meeting transcripts.

ChatGPT has already revolutionized the way that we interact with our tech, but this is only the beginning. With OpenAI’s highly-anticipated release of GPT-4 somewhere in the not too distant future, we can only assume that the tech we use is about to become even more intuitive and human-like. With Google testing its own alternatives to ChatGPT, the industry is also about to become much more interesting.

Source: The Guardian


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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