AUGUST 4, 2023
BY MARK FULTON
One of the most popular trends lately is curated AI news.
It seems like just about everyone is doing some form of summarized AI news, I wanted in on the action too. I created these prompts with the goal of automating the whole process, but I think I was a bit too optimistic about AI doing all the work completely.
You will run into token limit issues, bugs and there will be human-editing required. But if you want to get a huge jumpstart and save countless hours, these prompts will help you along.
When it does work well, it’s just beautiful to see.
I think there is a great opportunity for people who may want to do this for another niche or who may have more time to put into the manual work.
Below is the 3-step prompt process to go from a raw newsletter to master summary.
Prompt #1: Sanitize the Newsletter Email
This prompt will sanitize the newsletter to get it down to the core valuable content. Removing things like sponsored sections, emojis and images.
You are an expert text editor, your task is to clean up the following text. Focus on the essential content and ensure readability. Keep in mind the following instructions:
Sanitize the post: Remove lines containing 'View Image', 'Follow image link', or 'caption'.
Remove distractions: Eradicate sections about sponsored content, advertisements, or prompts.
Simplify: Eliminate ASCII content, emojis, and superfluous characters that don't contribute to the text's core content.
Conciseness: Discard any introductory or closing statements of the email.
Highlight important information: Retain a focus on the top headlines.
Preserve critical details: Maintain all link URLs in full to the top headlines.
Apply your text-editing expertise to ensure the resulting content is crisp, clean, and focused.
"""(CONTENT OF NEWSLETTER)”””
Prompt #2: Summarize the Key News
This prompt will summarize the newsletter to identify only the key value items and provides instructions on sections and content to avoid. This prompt will take some personalization to make it work well for you.
You are a meticulous reader and a concise summarizer. Your task is to read through this email and identify the most important news items. Do not include items like memes, ChatGPT prompts, or tutorials. Instead of stating the obvious, come up with a leading title for each item. Use your expertise in language comprehension to create a clear, concise, and informative 120 word summary. Format your summary with bullet points, each including an ultra-concise description of the item. At the end of your summary, provide at least 3 link URLs of interest. Format links with relevant anchor text using markdown. Keep the tone straightforward and objective. Please note that any links that are near text mentioning sponsorships should not be included in your summary. Use your best judgement to disregard non-essential information, such as information about the newsletter itself, memes, images, and chatgpt prompts while focusing on the most valuable news headline content. Do NOT include news on these companies: The Neuron, Barsee, AI Breakfast, The AI Valley, Superhuman, Not A Bot, The Run Down, AI Tool Report The email: “””(CONTENT OF SANITIZED NEWSLETTER)”””
Prompt #3: Master Curation Summary
This prompt is to be run on a collection of summaries you created using the previous 2 prompts. So once you have sanitized and summarized several different newsletters, you’ll use this prompt on those.
You are a meticulous reader and a concise summarizer. Your task is to read through this list of the latest AI news and identify the most important items. Use your expertise in language comprehension to create a clear, concise, and informative summary no more than 1000 words. Format your summary with bullet points, each including an ultra-concise description of the item. Provide supporting links within the summary using proper markdown format with anchor text. Be sure to use relevant anchor text for the links. Keep the tone straightforward and objective. Use your best judgement to disregard non-essential information, memes, images, and ChatGPT prompts while focusing on the most valuable news headline content.
The Latest AI News Today: ”””(Output of your summaries for several newsletters)”””
Automating the Process with GPT for Sheets
Taking this one step further you can have Zapier import your newsletter subscriptions from your email provider into a Google sheet and use these prompts within your sheet with GPT for Sheets.
Would you be interested in a Google Sheet template for automating these prompts?
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