X Plans to Develop Entry to its Grok AI Chatbot Software

X (previously Twitter) is launching a brand new push to enroll extra paying customers, by expanding access to its Grok AI chatbot to all Premium subscribers, not simply these paying for its prime tier Premium+ package deal.

Grok, which X launched back in November, is X’s reply to ChatGPT, with the system utilizing X publish information to energy its responses, which X believes makes it a greater chatbot for real-time, up-to-the-minute relevance.

Grok chatbot

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Retrieved from Elon Musk/X on November 06, 2023


However utilization of Grok has been pretty restricted to this point, as a result of it’s solely out there in X’s $16 per month Premium+ package.

Fewer than 1% of X customers have signed up to X’s basic $8 Premium offering, not to mention Premium+, and as such, solely a tiny fraction of X customers, at this stage, even have entry to Grok, which has restricted the quantity of perception into how useful it truly is, and whether or not X customers can glean actual worth from the chatbot software.

However that’ll change this week, with Elon Musk saying an enlargement of Grok entry:


As you’ll be able to see on this instance, you may as well now share Grok responses in posts. Which might be not the perfect use of AI chatbot instruments, in changing precise, human engagement. However social platforms are tremendous eager to combine AI nevertheless they will, and straight textual content era is the only type of generative AI out there at current for this objective.

Increasing Grok entry looks like a logical transfer to encourage extra utilization, and see what X has in its AI chatbot software, and whether or not extra customers do discover actual profit in having the choice out there.

However the enlargement additionally comes with a degree of threat, in that it might devalue X’s higher-priced subscription package deal, whereas it may additionally annoy customers who’ve already paid a premium to be able to use the software.

At current, the differentiating elements of X Premium+ are:

  • Grok entry
  • No advertisements within the “For You” and “Following” timelines
  • Largest reply prioritization
  • Entry to X Articles

With out the primary level, that might see extra customers questioning whether or not Premium+ is value double the value, although that does additionally largely rely in your utilization and preferences.

On the similar time, X proprietor Elon Musk has urged {that a} higher powered version of Grok could quickly be out there to Premium+ customers, which might additionally act as a lure, and enhance the worth of the package deal.

Both means, X wants extra subscribers, and making Grok extra broadly out there might assist on this respect.

When he first bought the platform in late 2022, Musk outlined his plan to make paying subscribers a key focus, to be able to generate extra income for the app. The advantages could be twofold, bringing extra money into the enterprise, whereas additionally lowering the corporate’s reliance on advert {dollars}, leaving it much less beholden to advert companions with regard to moderation.

Musk’s formidable initial plan set out a number of key progress targets for each subscriptions and total platform utilization:

  • 69 million X Premium subscribers by 2025
  • 159 X Premium subscribers by 2028
  • 600 million each day lively customers by 2025
  • 931 million each day lively customers by 2028

However the platform remains to be a good distance from assembly any of those targets.

X Premium subscriptions are estimated to be around 700k at current, with restricted momentum in take-up, whereas X lately reported that it’s nonetheless sitting on 250 million daily actives, the identical quantity it had in November 2022.

That’s put a big spanner within the works for Musk’s plan, and with advert income additionally nonetheless down around 50% on previous levels, the prospects for the corporate aren’t nice, even with an 80% discount in employees, and associated prices.

The event of Grok has additionally been costly, and X must recoup what it might, whereas additionally aligning with broader progress objectives.

As such, expanded entry is smart, however it stays to be seen whether or not customers will truly discover worth within the chatbot, and if that might work to drive extra subscription take up.

At this stage, it doesn’t look like a giant draw, however extra individuals utilizing Grok will result in extra protection of its advantages, and probably, extra curiosity.

And if it doesn’t, X can nonetheless look to onsell its information to different AI firms, which could possibly be one other avenue for driving income.