Alright, folks, we got some interesting news coming in. So, OpenAI’s ChatGPT, that slick AI chatbot that took the world by storm, seems like it’s been experiencing a bit of a downturn lately. According to analytics firm Similarweb, the monthly website visits have been declining for three months straight. But hold on, before you start panicking, there might be a glimmer of hope on the horizon.
Now, let’s get to the numbers. The worldwide desktop and mobile visits to the ChatGPT website dropped by 3.2% in August, making it the third consecutive month of decline. Ouch! But hey, it’s not all bad news. There’s a little uptick in unique visitors, with 180.5 million users in August, up from 180 million. So, maybe we’re turning the corner here.
Now, here’s an interesting tidbit. The decline in website visits might have something to do with the students taking their summer break. You know how it is, the young ones want some time off from homework and essay-writing. But now that school is back in session, we might see those numbers start to climb again. In fact, US traffic for ChatGPT in August showed a slight increase, coinciding with American schools opening up.
David F. Carr, the guy who keeps tabs on all things ChatGPT, suggests that the students seeking homework help could play a role in the bounce-back. See, the percentage of younger users dropped over the summer but is now making a comeback. So, it looks like the homework saviors might just save the day for ChatGPT.
Speaking of accomplishments, this little AI wonder reached a whopping 100 million monthly active users back in January, just two months after launch. It’s no wonder it became one of the top 30 websites in the world.
But hold on, folks, ChatGPT isn’t the only player in the game. We got some new competitors stepping up to the plate. Google’s got its Bard chatbot, and Microsoft’s search engine Bing has its own chatbot powered by OpenAI. It’s like a chatbot showdown, folks.
And let’s not forget about the ChatGPT app on iOS. Yeah, they took the AI goodness to the mobile world. Now, that might have affected the website traffic a bit. But hey, you got options, right? ChatGPT is free to use, but if you’re feeling fancy, you can grab that premium subscription for twenty bucks a month. Talk about a sweet deal.
Now, here’s one more thing worth mentioning. OpenAI’s not just relying on ChatGPT for their cheddar. Nope, they’re making money by selling access to their AI models to developers and enterprises. Plus, they got a sweet deal with Microsoft, who threw in over ten billion dollars into the mix. Not too shabby, guys.
Alright, that wraps it up for today. This is Anna Tong reporting to you from San Francisco, where the tech world never sleeps. Stay tuned for all the latest updates. See ya!