An AI chatbot creator economy is introduced by Quora’s Poe
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An AI chatbot creator economy is introduced by Quora’s Poe

When “creator” comes to mind, it often evokes images of individuals crafting content for popular social media platforms such as TikTok, YouTube, or Instagram.

Quora’s AI chatbot platform, Poe, has taken a groundbreaking step by recognizing and rewarding bot creators. This includes those who develop “prompt bots” directly on Poe, as well as server bots designed by developers who seamlessly integrate their creations with the Poe AI. Poe is now offering compensation to these innovative minds, acknowledging the valuable contributions they make to the platform.

This pioneering program, initiated just last week, stands as one of the pioneering initiatives that financially recognize the work of AI bot developers.

Quora Poe
Quora’s Poe: Own AI Chatbot Platform

Upon its launch, bot creators have two avenues to earn income. In the first approach, when a bot successfully guides a user to subscribe to Poe, the company promptly shares a portion of the generated revenue with the bot’s creator. The second method allows bot creators to establish a per-message fee, which Quora will soon start compensating for each message sent through the bot. This option is set to become available in the near future, according to the company.

Quora introduced Poe, its AI chatbot app, to the public in February. Poe allows users to pose questions and receive answers from a diverse array of AI chatbots, including those developed by OpenAI, the creators of ChatGPT, as well as companies like Anthropic, backed by Google. Beyond providing users with a platform to explore various AI technologies, Poe serves a strategic purpose for Quora. The content generated on Poe is slated to play a pivotal role in the evolution of Quora’s Q&A site.

Poe Chatbot

According to Quora, once the content on Poe attains a certain level of quality, it will be integrated into Quora’s main platform. This means that the valuable content from Poe’s AI interactions could be shared with Quora’s vast audience of 400 million monthly visitors, enriching the overall experience for users on the site.

Poe, meanwhile, has been gaining traction amid the growing AI chatbot market.

In its inaugural month, Poe’s mobile app amassed an impressive 253,530 downloads. Fast forward to October 24th, and the app’s popularity has soared to over 18.4 million installations, with an active user base nearing 1.22 million. Despite this, Apptopia’s data suggests that Poe’s in-app purchases are currently generating just under a quarter of a million dollars per month. It’s important to note, however, that these figures might not encompass all revenue streams. Many users engage with Poe’s chatbot platform via the web, opting for the $19.99/month or $199.99/year subscription plans. Therefore, the full scope of Poe’s financial success extends beyond these numbers.

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Poe’s creator monetization program, currently accessible only to U.S. users, offers an enticing opportunity for developers. By utilizing a creator’s bots, Poe compensates creators up to $20 for each user who subscribes to the platform. This compensation model encompasses various scenarios: if a creator or bot introduces a user to Poe, if a bot brings a user back to Poe leading to a subscription, if a bot’s paywall prompts a subscription, or if users engage with the bot at a price set by the developer.

Upon a user’s subscription, Poe allocates $10 for monthly subscriptions and $20 for annual subscriptions. This sum is divided among creators responsible for successful activations and paywalls conversions. The payout process is facilitated through Stripe, ensuring seamless transactions.

This innovative initiative not only empowers smaller companies and AI research groups to introduce their bots to the public, but it also serves as a strategic move for Poe. By essentially subsidizing new subscriber acquisitions through this affiliate-like program, Poe enhances its competitive edge in the dynamic landscape of AI chatbot apps, even in the face of formidable competitors like ChatGPT.

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In a statement, Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo expressed optimism about the diverse potential of bots in various domains. He stated, “We expect bots to be successful in a wide range of fields, including tutoring, knowledge sharing, therapy, entertainment, virtual assistants, data analysis, storytelling, roleplay, and even creative tasks like generating images, videos, and music.” D’Angelo emphasized that as this market is in its nascent stage, there are abundant opportunities to offer valuable services to the world while also capitalizing on the financial aspects of this innovative venture.

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