In the ever-evolving realm of artificial intelligence, ChatGPT stands as a shining star, captivating the minds of millions across the globe. OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, proudly unveiled a staggering milestone at the company’s inaugural developer conference: one hundred million weekly users have embraced ChatGPT. Since OpenAI introduced ChatGPT and Whisper models via API in March, over two million developers have eagerly joined the AI revolution. Remarkably, more than 92 percent of Fortune 500 companies are now part of this groundbreaking journey.
OpenAI didn’t rest on its laurels but forged ahead, introducing an array of groundbreaking features. The spotlight shines on a platform that empowers users to craft custom iterations of ChatGPT, tailored for specific tasks. To further ignite excitement, OpenAI unveiled the GPT-4 Turbo, a new model enriched with knowledge of world events up to April 2023. This powerhouse can effortlessly digest the equivalent of over 300 pages of text within a single prompt.
ChatGPT’s journey is nothing short of astonishing. Since its release just under a year ago, it has been hailed as the fastest-growing consumer internet app in history. In a mere two months, it tallied a jaw-dropping 100 million monthly users. To put this in perspective, Facebook, an internet giant, took over four and a half years to achieve this milestone, while Twitter needed more than five years, and Instagram, a rising star, reached it in a little over two years.
Microsoft, a tech behemoth in its own right, witnessed a similar explosion with its Bing search engine. Despite launching back in 2009, it took over a decade to gather 100 million daily active users. The significance of ChatGPT’s achievement can be measured by these comparisons. While Meta’s Threads did manage to surpass ChatGPT’s record by amassing 100 million users within a week of its July launch, recent data suggests that Threads’ usage has waned, with just under 100 million monthly active users as of October.
In whichever way you analyse these remarkable numbers, one fact remains clear: ChatGPT enjoys unprecedented popularity and hasn’t even celebrated its first year as a public service. Interestingly, this is not the first time we’ve seen staggering user numbers associated with OpenAI’s chatbot. In February, Israel based Similarweb estimated that ChatGPT had already attracted 100 million unique visitors in a single month, with 25 million visitors each day. What sets today’s revelation apart is its authenticity, coming straight from OpenAI itself rather than relying on third-party estimates.
This unveiling of numbers serves as a robust response to recent media reports suggesting a decline in ChatGPT’s popularity since its November launch. OpenAI is determined to show that the conversation revolution is very much alive and thriving.