Pebble, a social media platform similar to Twitter, has introduced a new feature that allows users to view a list of AI-generated post suggestions. With a click of a button, users can publish one of these suggestions. Gabor Cselle, CEO of Pebble, believes that this feature, along with future generative AI capabilities, will create a kinder, safer, and more engaging experience for users. Pebble aims to ensure that users see and produce high-quality content while interacting with the community.
Pebble is one of the first social platforms to utilize AI to provide post suggestions to users. While Meta offers similar options for advertisers and LinkedIn offers them to users, Pebble’s approach is fully automatic, drawing inspiration from users’ previous activity on the platform as well as generic templates. By implementing this feature, Pebble hopes to increase user engagement and distinguish itself from other Twitter alternatives competing for dissatisfied users of Elon Musk’s X platform.
Despite its smaller user base compared to other recent Twitter alternatives, Pebble intends to grow steadily rather than launching with a large user influx. Cselle emphasizes that they will make the platform bigger as it improves and vice versa. The recent launch of the AI feature, paired with opening signups to anyone with an X account, is expected to attract new users. However, the platform acknowledges the risks of using AI-generated text, such as perpetuating biases and spreading misinformation.
In order to protect the integrity of its community, Pebble will use generative AI to vet new signups. OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 model will compare users’ biographical information and recent posts against the platform’s community guidelines, which strictly prohibit nudity and violent content. Those who exhibit toxic behavior will be blocked and manually reviewed, ensuring a safer environment for all users.
Pebble’s AI-generated post suggestions range from introductions to playful interactions with the platform’s official account. Users have the freedom to edit or ignore these suggestions, preventing a scenario where bots dominate the conversation. As the platform continues to evolve, Pebble plans to seek additional funding, eventually monetize through advertisements and subscriptions, and further enhance user experience with generative AI features.
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