🏠 Meta Gets Sassy With It
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Meta Makes A Push For Younger Users
It’s easy to forget now that Facebook is the boomer online hangout spot, but Meta originally made their name as a social network for young people. Unfortunately for Meta, that dominance with the youngins has firmly moved on to apps like TikTok.
Now they want them back, and they have a master plan to do so.
AI chatbots…with personalities.
They are planning to release dozens of these “Gen AI Personas”, with the personalities including:
Bob the Robot, who is supposedly wicked smart and not afraid to let you know in the sassiest way possible.
Alvin the Alien, who just wants to know every last detail of you life.
Gavin, who in the best case scenario has no rizz and in the worst case scenario is misogynistic.
So, will these chatbots get young people flocking back to Facebook and Instagram? As your resident Zoomer, I’m not so sure the prospect of spilling my business to Alvin or getting dating advice from Gavin will get me to dust off Facebook, but there is evidence people are attracted to chatbots with personalities:
But even if the chatbots fail to drag young people off TikTok, it might not be a total L for Meta. As Snap has made clear, these chatbots can be used to help improve targeted advertising, which is the bread and butter of Meta’s business.
The Big Picture: There are few companies better than Meta at “iterating” on an idea. Let’s see if they can do it again here.
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🤩 MONDAY MOTIVATION
Pretty mixed results on last week’s (very important) poll:
Let’s see what you all think about this one:
When do you predict GPT-5 will be released?
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