ChatGPT Growth Declines for the First Time


  • ChatGPT saw its first decline in user growth and traffic in June 2023.
  • According to Similarweb data shared with The Washington Post, mobile and desktop traffic for ChatGPT declined by 9.7% month-over-month in June globally.
  • OpenAI is staring at a double whammy considering the Microsoft-funded company is being sued by at least five authors for copyright infringement.

OpenAI’s ChatGPT rush and the ensuing honeymoon seem to have ended six months after its November 30, 2022 launch. Reportedly, the artificial intelligence (AI) tool saw its first decline in terms of user growth as well as user traffic in June 2023.

According to Similarweb data shared with The Washington Post, mobile and desktop traffic for ChatGPT declined by 9.7% month-over-month in June globally. Data from Sensor Tower also indicates falling ChatGPT iOS app downloads after peaking in early June.

However, that’s not all. OpenAI is staring at a double whammy considering the Microsoft-funded company is being sued by at least five authors for copyright infringement. American actor, stand-up comedian, and writer Sarah Silverman and novelists Richard Kadrey, Christopher Golden, Mona Awad, and Paul Tremblay claim ChatGPT was trained on books they authored without their permission.

ChatGPT ushered in a push for AI adoption across industries since its launch in late 2023. The AI-powered tool, which has been generally available through the Microsoft Azure OpenAI service since March 2023, drew comparisons with several key technologies released in the past that have since become mainstays of users worldwide.

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang proclaimed, “We are at the iPhone moment for AI,” during his keynote address at NVIDIA GTC 2023 in March this year after observing the overwhelming success of ChatGPT and its rapid adoption and implementation across several existing products and services.

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The generative AI tech attracted over one million users in just five days. Comparatively, Facebook took ten months, Instagram 2.5 months, and Apple took 74 days to sell its one-millionth iPhone.

By early February 2023, a week after Microsoft pumped $10 billion in OpenAI in addition to the $1 billion it invested in July 2019, Similarweb designated ChatGPT as the fastest-growing app to hit 100 million users in internet history when it attracted 25 million daily visits and 13 million daily unique visits.

However, ChatGPT’s record was broken by Meta’s new Twitter competitor, Threads, today, which surpassed 100 million users in less than a week. Here’s how other products/services fare versus ChatGPT in reaching 100 million users or customers:

ChatGPT’s users include students and professionals across IT, media, law, etc. ChatGPT’s launch also sparked an AI race among Big Tech companies Google, Amazon, and Facebook, who are building their own AI chatbots. Notably, Apple isn’t as deep as the others though the company is increasingly seeking AI talent.

It is unclear why ChatGPT is seeing a decline in growth. The Post speculated quality issues and the end of the school year in the U.S. and Europe could have been a factor. Multiple companies, including Apple, Samsung, Verizon, Amazon, and others, have banned employees from using ChatGPT professionally.

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