The Rise and Fall of Mobile Apps: Embracing the ChatGPT Plugin Revolution

I predict that over the next 3 years we will be witnessing the disruption of mobile apps as we know them today, and the dawn of a new era. The catalyst for this shift? ChatGPT plugins. These powerful additions are reshaping our digital lives by offering a more streamlined, intuitive approach to accessing services and information. This transformational shift has the potential to render traditional mobile apps and websites obsolete, as ChatGPT plugins simplify the user experience and make interactions feel more natural.

ChatGPT has the potential to revolutionize the way mobile apps are built and used. Instead of developers creating new apps from scratch, they can integrate ChatGPT into their existing apps using plugins. These plugins can enhance ChatGPT’s ability to assist users with specific tasks or requirements, such as providing more precise information on a particular topic. Plugins also enable ChatGPT to perform safe and limited actions on behalf of users, increasing the overall usefulness of the system.

Using plugins in ChatGPT offers several benefits for users. Firstly, it allows them to access multiple apps and services from a single interface, saving time and making it easier to manage their digital lives. Additionally, using natural language commands to interact with apps and services can make it easier for users to find the information they need and complete tasks more quickly.

Why is the ChatGPT plugin revolution so transformational? Let’s dive into some compelling user journey comparisons that illustrate the ease of using plugins and highlight the sudden clunkiness of mobile apps and websites.


Zapier Plugin vs. Zapier App/Website

Plugin: Simply ask ChatGPT to execute one of Zapier’s 50,000 actions with any of its 5,000+ supported apps, all within the chat window.  A user could type in “Can you add my new Instagram followers to my Mailchimp list?” This would prompt ChatGPT to execute the action through Zapier, without the need for the user to navigate through the Zapier app or website. This is powerful because it now takes ChatGPT beyond just outputting text.  It delivers actionable impact, allowing users to streamline their workflow and automate tasks, without the need for manual input.

App/Website: Open the Zapier app or website, search their massive database for the recipes and actions you want to take, select the apps to use it with, do all the sign-up flow motions and execute – a time-consuming process.


Kayak and Expedia Plugins vs. Kayak and Expedia Apps/Websites

Plugin: Inquire about flights and hotels within ChatGPT’s chat window, avoiding the need to switch between multiple screens. For example, a user can ask ChatGPT “What are some cheap flights to New York that leave Dec 3 after 6pm and are nonstop from Seattle?” and ChatGPT would then provide a list of available flights, with prices and departure times, and the user could book a flight directly through ChatGPT by providing payment information.  

App/Website: Navigate through multiple screens and menus to find the desired information, pick between different drop-down menus, set multiple calendar dates, rank, sort and filter, et al.  Suddenly this feels like a cumbersome experience.


Instacart Plugin vs. Instacart App/Website

Plugin: Request a recipe or food item from ChatGPT, receive a list of ingredients, and have them delivered to your door without leaving the chat. A user may say, “I want to make a meal for 4 people centered around chicken fajitas. Recommend some side dishes, send me the ingredients for the full meal and add to my supermarket list to be purchased and delivered.”  All without leaving their chat. 

App/Website: Open the app or website, search for the recipe or food item, select the ingredients, then go to another website to get recommendations for sides, identify those ingredients and add to your Instacart list for delivery – a less efficient process.


Wolfram Alpha Plugin vs. Wolfram Alpha Website

Plugin: Ask ChatGPT for information about calculations and receive precise responses, all within the chat window.  Today, many users have found that chatGPT isnt known to be great at math. With Wolfram, a user could type in “What is the integral of x^2?” ChatGPT would then provide the precise response, eliminating the need for the user to navigate through screens and menus on the Wolfram Alpha website. This is powerful because it allows users to access complex information quickly and easily, without the need for specialized knowledge or skills.

Website: Visit the website, navigate through screens and menus, and manually input queries – a more laborious experience.


As these comparisons demonstrate, the ChatGPT plugin revolution simplifies user journeys, making traditional mobile apps and websites feel outdated and clunky. The seamless, conversational nature of ChatGPT plugins eliminates the need to juggle multiple apps or navigate cumbersome interfaces, transforming the way we access information and services.


And this is just the Beginning – Game-Changing Future Plugin Possibilities

The Plugin Revolution will change how we do everything. With the potential for groundbreaking plugins yet to be developed, we can expect further disruption of existing paradigms. Imagine controlling smart home devices, managing calendars, emails, and social media accounts, or receiving personalized health and financial recommendations, all through natural language commands within ChatGPT.

Smart Home Device Integration (Imagine a Google Home or Nest Plugin)

Control your smart home devices using natural language commands within ChatGPT. Adjust the temperature in your bedroom, turn off the living room lights, or lock the front door, all without using a separate app or device.

Calendar Management (Imagine an Outlook Plugin)

Schedule appointments and events using natural language commands within ChatGPT. Set up a meeting with a colleague for next Tuesday at 2 pm or create a reminder to call your parents on their anniversary.

Email Interaction (Imagine a Gmail Plugin)

Send and receive emails using natural language commands within ChatGPT. Ask the AI to compose an email to your boss with a project update or to read you the latest email from a specific sender.

Social Media Management (Imagine a Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn PlugIn)

Post updates and interact with your social media accounts using natural language commands within ChatGPT. Share a tweet about your latest blog post or check your Instagram notifications without switching apps.

Personalized Health Recommendations (Imagine a OneMedical Plugin)

Access personalized health recommendations based on your medical history and current health goals. Request a diet plan or exercise routine tailored to your unique needs, all through a simple conversation with ChatGPT.

Financial Advice (Imagine a Mint Plugin)

Receive personalized financial recommendations based on your financial history and goals. Seek investment strategies, budgeting tips, or debt management plans designed for your specific financial situation.


As these comparisons and future plugin possibilities demonstrate, the ChatGPT plugin revolution simplifies user journeys, making traditional mobile apps and websites feel outdated and clunky. The seamless, conversational nature of ChatGPT plugins eliminates the need to juggle multiple apps or navigate cumbersome interfaces, transforming the way we interact with the digital world. This new paradigm offers a more efficient and intuitive approach to accessing services and information, ensuring that we spend less time wrestling with technology and more time enjoying the benefits it provides.

What other game changing plugins can you think of that would disrupt how we do things today?


Businesses and developers should take note of this transformation and adapt to the changing landscape by integrating ChatGPT plugins into their offerings. This shift will not only provide a more compelling user experience but will also help companies stay relevant in a rapidly evolving digital world.

The ChatGPT plugin revolution marks the beginning of a new digital age, leaving the era of mobile apps behind. As we embrace this transformation, our interactions with technology will become more intuitive, efficient, and user-friendly, forever altering the way we live, work, and engage in the digital world.  Soon, we may no longer be saying “there’s an app for that” and instead be saying, “there is a plugin for that.”


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