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To Use OR Not To Use: ChatGPT Edition!

Updated: Jun 27



There has been much ado about ChatGPT since its advent and wide acceptance at the end of last year and the beginning of this year.


And unless you have been totally detached from social media, you would have been inundated with creative ways to harness ChatGPT. I personally have a whole folder dedicated to these reels / TikTok videos / etc.


A huge point of contention was that ChatGPT will take over the job of content writers and creators. Well, I won’t profess to know what the future holds for us creatives, but ChatGPT has helped me up my creative game.


Here is how I use ChatGPT in my daily tasks…


Hashtags

I use ChatGPT to count, identify duplicates, and generate complementary hashtags to a section of text or social blip that I wrote. The counting function and duplicate identification saves me a chunk of time as does generating relevant Hashtags. I double-check the generated hashtags against trending hashtags and sometimes need to rework them to fit better, but it’s a great starting point.


Character Counting

I specifically use this feature when generating a tweet for a content post I create. Since Twitter has a character limitation, I use this to help create a coherent tweet within the text limit. Again, I double-check the tweet to ensure the gist and tone of the message is accurate.


Creating Coherent Outlines

I find getting ChatGPT to suggest outlines on presenting a topic useful when crafting a piece of work. For instance, if I were to request a framework on the pros and cons of AI, it generates a logical outline of how to best present the information. This is useful when planning out content or presenting a vast topic in a succinct manner – it’s a great starting point and can help trigger more ideas and you can really look into areas you can skim over and dive deeper into once you have an outline to work with.


Research A Topic

While ChatGPT is only pointed to 2021, it is still a good way to research a topic. I use ChatGPT the way I would use Google in surfing for new information, which is great because I can either ask for a list of articles that carry the information I am looking for or can provide extracts from the most recent articles on a topic. Where before, I needed to refer to 10–15 websites to gather my information. Now, I can optimize my time when looking for fresh information.


A Summary Tool

Need to get the gist of a long document or article, copy and paste in ChatGPT and ask for a summary of the main points. Now remember this is great when you are referring to something in passing but cannot replace actually reading the document. Also, I would use caution and NOT copy and paste confidential information on a platform such as ChatGPT because this information is then available in a database and can be a breach of contract. So, use it with care and know that the result is not always accurate and will need your intervention and double-checking.


List Builder

I like to use ChatGPT to line up potential resources for me. Contact details, events in NYC in summer, Bars, and Pubs in NYC are all prompts you can use to create a list of items you can then work through – rather than having to build the list yourself.


An Email/Letter Drafter

With a well-written prompt, you can ask ChatGPT to draft a letter for you in a tone you would like to portray. You still have to give the required input, but this helps develop written communication, which is coherent, grammatically sound, and quick. But remember, ChatGPT tends to repeat points so don’t just copy-paste what it throws up.

 

ChatGPT is based on a Language Prediction model; so while I use this tool extensively in my task, you would have noted that I only use it as an idea generation or list-building tool. This is because you need to conscientiously double-check facts and content generated, which often is inaccurate, and I worry about plagiarism and copyright when using ChatGPT.


I am always careful to fact-check, rewrite, and include the human touch in all content I have AI generate for me. I work extensively to create my customer's voice, make content more palpable, and, of course, use my creativity in producing fresh content.


More tools like ChatGPT are Google Bard which is free and has a really humanized voice and points to the latest version of Google and not a 2021 cutoff like ChatGP, and I use this for building more effective and updated lists. Canva also has an AI image generator option which is really fun to use, if you are really good at building the proper prompt.


These tools have really enriched my working experience but have not replaced the need for me to use my brain and creative powers. How have you harnessed the power of ChatGPT for your business or Tasks?





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Written by Tatum De Souza

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