Character.AI, the AI chatbot startup supported by a16z and founded by former Google AI researchers, has unveiled an exciting enhancement for its users. This innovative chatbot platform, allowing users to tailor AI companions with unique personalities, is now introducing group chat functionality, enhancing the social dynamics of conversations.
Character.AI has rolled out a group chat feature, enabling users to engage in conversations with multiple AI characters simultaneously. This addition offers a distinctive social experience, fostering collaboration, idea exchange, and real-time interaction with AI companions.
Exploring the Character Group Chat Experience
The newly introduced Character Group Chat feature allows users to create group conversations exclusively with AI characters or a blend of human users and AI companions. The primary aim is to encourage social connections, facilitate collaboration, and promote real-time idea sharing in a chat environment enriched by the presence of AI companions.
Imagine collaborating with a group of AI scientists and intellectuals, featuring personalities like Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Nikola Tesla, and Stephen Hawking. Alternatively, users can create a group chat with mythological gods such as Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon, offering endless possibilities for stimulating conversations and scenarios.
While the integration of AI chatbots into group chats is not unique to Character.AI, it represents a promising trend. Snapchat’s My AI chatbot, for example, can be added to group chats using the command “@myai.” Meta has also introduced a range of AI-powered bots across its platforms, inspired by celebrities like Mr. Beast, Paris Hilton, Tom Brady, Charli D’Amelio, and Snoop Dog, posing a potential challenge to Character.AI, which secured an impressive $150 million in Series A funding earlier this year for its innovative AI companion concepts.
Subscription and Availability
The group chat feature from Character.AI will be available exclusively to c.ai+ subscribers initially, with a subscription cost of $9.99 per month. This subscription plan offers benefits such as skipping waiting rooms, faster message generation, and exclusive access to a community channel for support and feedback. The plan aims to gather valuable user feedback and enhance the overall experience before extending the group chat feature to the public.
At launch, the Character Group Chat is accessible only through the Character.AI mobile app for iOS and Android. However, the company has plans to expand its availability to the web soon.
Embracing the Character.AI Experience
Character.AI’s mobile app has quickly gained popularity, with over half a million installations within the first six days and nearly 30 million monthly active users worldwide, as per market intelligence data from data.ai. Approximately 7 million users are based in the U.S. The app has generated an estimated lifetime gross in-app purchase revenue of $1.3 million. While c.ai+ is primarily sold on the web, this revenue figure provides a glimpse into the company’s overall success.