What is ChatGPT Custom Instructions?

ChatGPT's new feature Custom Innstructions

ChatGPT Custom Instructions was just added in as one of the new beta features for Plus users, and it’s pretty cool.

If you’re a ChatGPT Plus user and you haven’t looked at your Settings or Beta Features in a few days, you may want to have a look!

Let’s take a look at what it is, and what I think about it so far!

What is ChatGPT Custom Instructions?

ChatGPT Custom Instructions is a new beta feature added and available for ChatGPT Plus users that let’s you share information upfront and behind the scenes for what you’d like “…ChatGPT to consider across it’s responses.”

This means you can essentially pre-prompt ChatGPT with your specific information to get better responses from the chatbot. This also alleviates the need for those more elaborate prompts to get the kind of responses you’re looking for.

How to Start Using ChatGPT Custom Instructions

First off, you need to be a ChatGPT Plus user to gain access to this feature. Assuming you are a Plus user, here’s how you can access it:

Login to ChatGPT, click on your account, and choose Settings & Beta.

ChatGPT Settings & Beta menu button

Click Beta Features and turn on Custom Instructions.

Turning on ChatGPT Custom Instructions

How to Add Your Custom Instructions in ChatGPT

With ChatGPT Custom Instructions turned on, click back on your profile and choose Custom Instructions.

ChatGPT Custom Instructions

There will be two separate options to fill in with additional information for these custom instructions inside ChatGPT.

  1. What would you like ChatGPT to know about you to provide better responses?
  2. How would you like ChatGPT to respond?

ChatGPT Custom Instructions input boxes.

ChatGPT gives brief explanations of the types of information you can include in these two different boxes.

The fist one asks What would you like ChatGPT to know about you to provide better responses.

  • Where are you based?
  • What do you do for work?
  • What are your hobbies and interests?
  • What subjects can you talk about for hours?
  • What are some goals you have?

What would you like ChatGPT to know about you to provide better responses?

How I Used This Space

Rather than give ChatGPT all this information about myself, I gave ChatGPT information about NextGen Podcaster, our audience, and goals for the business. This included:

  • Ideal audience
  • Target demographic
  • Main problems of our audience
  • Our goals as a business, etc

The second one asks How would you like ChatGPT to respond?

  • How formal or casual should ChatGPT be?
  • How long or short should responses generally be?
  • How do you want to be addressed?
  • Should ChatGPT have opinions on topics or remain neutral?

How would you like ChatGPT to respond?

How I Used This Space

Here, I focused on instructions for specific processes that I regularly use ChatGPT for:

  • How I’d like podcast episode show notes structured
  • The format for blog posts that I write
  • Tone of voice for my content
  • Asking follow-up questions for specific questions that I ask, etc.

My Initial Thoughts & Feedback on Custom Instructions

So far, I’m pretty impressed with this new feature by ChatGPT. I’ve noticed that the specific processes I outlined in these instructions weren’t 100% followed to a tee, but the responses I got for something like generating podcast show notes and writing blog posts was MUCH MORE inline with how I wanted ChatGPT to respond.

I even added this “hot keyword” in my instructions to ChatGPT:

“If we’re working on content together and I say “Finished” I want you to use the information you have about the content we created and suggest similar or related content ideas that would also be beneficial to my audience.”

After ChatGPT finished generating podcast show notes, I used only my hot keyword “Finished” as a prompt, and like magic, ChatGPT started suggesting additional blog posts and podcast content related to the episode we wrote show notes for.

What do you think of this new feature by ChatGPT? Let us know in the comments!



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