Meta is set to launch numerous artificial intelligence chatbots that will host different ‘personalities’ by September this year, in a bid to recoup faltering interest in the social media giant’s other products.
According to the Financial Times, these chatbots have been in the works for some time, with the aim of having more human conversations with users in an attempt to boost social media engagement.
The attempt to give various chatbots different temperaments and personalities seems like a similar attempt at a ‘social’ AI chatbot seen in Snapchat’s ‘My AI’ earlier this year, which created some mild buzz but quickly faded into irrelevance.
According to the report, Meta is even exploring a chatbot that speaks like Abraham Lincoln, as well as one that will dish out travel advice in the verbal style of a surfer. These new tools are poised to provide new search functions and offer recommendations, similar to the ways in which the popular AI chatbot ChatGPT is used.
In just five days Threads reported 100 million sign-ups, though that momentum was incredibly short-lived. More than half of those users have stopped checking in since the app’s initial launch last month, though Zuckerberg doesn’t seem too concerned just yet.
According to Reuters, the CEO told employees that “Obviously, if you have more than 100 million people sign up, ideally it would be awesome if all of them or even half of them stuck around. We’re not there yet.”
It’s possible that user engagement fell off rather quickly due to a lack of features and a massive amount of hype surrounding the launch. Many people put their hopes of an actually decent Twitter alternative onto Threads, and it seems it did not meet expectations. Despite Zuckerbergs’ optimism, however, for the time being, Threads is very much … dead.
It’s possible – likely, even – that this new string of AI chatbots is an attempt to remain relevant, as the company may be focused on maintaining attention since Threads lost more than half its user base only a couple of weeks after launching in early July. Meta’s long-running ‘metaverse’ project also appears to have failed to garner enough interest, with the company switching focus to AI as its primary area of investment back in March.
Regardless, we’ll soon be treated to even more AI-boosted chatbots. Oh, joy.