The popular Japanese instant messaging app LINE recently saw a surge in users, with 200,000 new users joining the app in just three days. This is thanks to LINE adding a ChatGPT-based bot account that allows users to chat with it. The bot, known as “Al Chat-Kun,” is popular among LINE users. Users can simply add “Al Chat-Kun” as a friend to start chatting right away. However, the service has limitations: users can only receive up to five messages for free each day and can pay 680 yen per month (about $5) for unlimited messaging privileges.
LINE is the most popular instant messaging app in the Japanese market, similar to China’s WeChat or the US’s WhatsApp. LINE has over 187 million active users worldwide and has expanded to markets such as Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia.