ChatGPT saw unprecedented growth at the start of 2023, surpassing 100 million users in just two months. However, technology evolves quickly, and as that user base begins to dwindle, new viral software has smashed its record.
Yes, we’re talking about Threads, Meta’s latest Twitter competitor. According to the data tracking platform Quiver Quantitative, the new social networking app has attracted a stunning 100 million subscribers in just five days since its launch on July 6.
The site had 10 million registrations in the first seven hours, 30 million users on the first day, and over 70 million sign-ups the next day, with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg remarking that user response to Threads has been “way beyond our expectations.”
ChatGPT’s Record Growth
Many people have pointed out that this registration record swiftly surpassed one established by OpenAI’s ChatGPT in January, only two months after it became available to the public as a test beta in November 2022. Prior to both milestones, it took years for internet companies to reach 100 million active users. It took four and a half years for Facebook to achieve 100 million active members.
The fresh interest in text-to-speech artificial intelligence attracted a large number of individuals to sign up for ChatGPT. A chatbot that could reply to text instructions as if it were a human on the other end.
Threads’ parent business, Meta, benefits from a tie to its sibling platform Instagram. Which allows you to effortlessly register an account using the login information you already have. Many people have sought safety on Threads after months of problems at Elon Musk’s Twitter. The social media platform’s chairman reached a climax by restricting the number of tweets registered users may read every day, while unregistered users can no longer use the site at all.
Under the excuse of preserving its intellectual property. Twitter also bans open access to its API, preventing users from downloading large volumes of content for distribution elsewhere. Instead, many of the third-party technologies that keep the platform running smoothly were broken. Other key complaints Musk raised included making the verified blue tick a paid-only option and the intrusive ad placement, both of which harmed the user experience.
Overall, Threads appear to well-received by users, with only a few concerns pointing out discrepancies between it and Twitter. Future improvements are likely as Threads expands, and features such as hashtags have already been implemented.