Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, recently announced through his X account that ChatGPT Plus, a premium service for using the full version of ChatGPT, will now require a monthly subscription. However, they have temporarily paused accepting new customers due to the high demand that has exceeded their capacity. This decision aims to ensure that existing customers continue to have a great user experience. Users can still indicate their interest and receive notifications when subscriptions reopen within the app.
While no official figures have been released regarding the number of ChatGPT Plus users, OpenAI previously disclosed that ChatGPT had approximately 100 million weekly active users. The current surge in sign-ups for ChatGPT is believed to be driven by the introduction of GPTs, customizable chatbot building tools catering to specific topics or formats.
TLDR: OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, revealed that ChatGPT Plus now requires a paid monthly subscription. New sign-ups have been temporarily paused due to overwhelming demand, ensuring an optimal user experience for existing customers. Users can still express their interest and receive notifications for when subscriptions reopen. The popularity of ChatGPT may be attributed to its recent release of GPTs, allowing chatbot customization.