The first is that while most people would presume that most AIs would be used in a work context, this apparently wasn’t the case. While it is true that ChatGPT takes centre stage – along with Google’s Bard and Quora’s Poe in the mix – there were other AIs in the chart that were likely not being used for work.
While ChatGPT had a massive lead in terms of the most-visited AIs, CharacterAI emerged as the number two spot taker. And it was the position at number two that’s fascinating.
AI companions like CharacterAI, offer users a personalised interaction with AI. In fact, companion AIs accounted for 13.2 percent of the top 50 list, second only to general assistant AIs which dominated at 68.7 percent.
Top 50 GenAI Web Products, By Monthly Visits
9. Hugging face
36. Stable Diffusion
46. Human or not
AI and human interaction
Companion AIs are different from traditional chatbots or smart assistants, which are mainly designed to perform specific tasks or answer queries. Companion AIs aim to provide emotional support, social engagement, and entertainment to their users. They could also help users improve their skills, habits, and well-being.
Interestingly, companion AIs have a high retention rate compared to other consumer apps. Users tend to chat with their companion AIs regularly and for long periods of time. And they remained faithful to the sites they liked best.
So are we all terribly lonely as a species? Or is this just something new and exciting that we feel the urge to experiment with?