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. SCmCsyF said on February 6, 2023 at 8:00 am

    Previous comment was supposed to come as a reply to @Anonymous. Oops!

  2. SCmCsyF said on February 6, 2023 at 7:59 am

    Was there no other free video conferencing available then? That’s odd if true.

    I was wrong about the date, I checked, it was founded in 2011 under a different name. In 2013 they received a round of investment into the business and became stable, in 2012 they changed the name to Zoom. 2013 is technically correct, but it’s the wrong founding date. Version 1.0 was launched then too.

  3. anonymous said on February 5, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    Good grief! Whose idea was it to start promoting ChatGPT several times a day here? Lol!

  4. Tachy said on February 5, 2023 at 5:01 pm

    You do realize this is not a good thing?

    1. Anonymous said on February 6, 2023 at 8:01 pm

      I agree!

  5. John G. said on February 5, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    Probably ChatGPT will have more users than W11 really soon. Already.

  6. SCmCsyF said on February 5, 2023 at 9:18 am

    The world keeps accelerating faster and faster, I remember when Zoom appeared out of nowhere (it’s been around since I believe 2013 but apparently no one used it) and everyone started using it during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Internet service also seemingly appeared out of nowhere.

    I wonder what the next big thing is gonna be…

    1. Anonymous said on February 6, 2023 at 1:48 am

      Funny that you said Zoom has been around 2013 but it appeared out of nowhere?
      People used Zoom int the beginning of COVID because it provides meeting online freely. You can use Google’s and Microsoft’s before too but you need to pay.

      Now Google and Microsoft have made their online meeting free, no one is using or talking about Zoom again(at least here).

    2. Jek Porkins said on February 5, 2023 at 9:53 am

      AFAIK nobody uses or cares about Zoom anymore. Nobody talks about it.

      I have a feeling that this new fad will also fade away and be forgotten quite soon.

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