BeReal is the new social media for Gen Z. It stands out for its policy and future that most social networks do not have. While other social media may want to keep its users on screen all day, this cannot be said for BeReal!
BeReal is a photo-sharing software that lets users share one photo per day to show their followers what they’re up to in real time. The BeReal app emphasizes honesty and encourages users to be themselves.
Because the app allows everyone to publish once per day, users can avoid being on the app for many hours throughout the day, distinguishing the app from the social media sites that now dominate the area.
What is BeReal?
BeReal bills itself as “the simplest photo sharing app” and encourages users to take and upload a daily shot in under two minutes.
Every day, at a different time, everyone gets reminded to take their photo. The company describes it as a “new and unique approach to uncover who your friends truly are in their daily lives.”
It was founded in 2020 by Kevin Perreau and Alexis Barreyat and has already gathered over 10 million downloads and a $600 million valuation.
The app had a 157% surge in downloads in March and April alone, so it’s safe to say it’s on the rise. BeReal will scale and become a big competitor in the social media industry judging by the stats given above.
In just under a year, BeReal’s active user base has increased from little under a million in July last year to 21.6 million in July 2022, with nearly 3 million users using the app daily.
Features of BeReal
BeReal sends you a notification at an undetermined time of day. You have two minutes to photograph what you’re doing and share it with your pals on the app. It makes use of both the front and rear cameras on your phone, so remember to give that big smile while you go about your daily activities.
The notification appears for both your friends and all other users at the same time (if they are in the same time zone). You can still upload your BeReal late, so there’s no need to rush if you’re doing anything private. However, the image will include a tag indicating how late you posted it. Lol.
BeReal also prohibits “lurking,” a popular social media activity. You won’t be able to see what your friends post or access the Discovery page unless you first contribute a photo. In terms of the Discovery page, you have the option of making your photo public.
Other users, on the other hand, can only react to it. There is no method to increase your likes and follows; you will simply see your friends’ updates regularly.
You can remark and respond to photos posted by your friends, but only images on the Discovery page can be reacted to. BeReal, on the other hand, does not let you off the hook when it comes to reactions. Instead of a normal emoji, you can respond with a Realmoji, which is effectively a photograph of you imitating the emoji. You may save your Realmojis and reuse them to respond to future posts.
There aren’t many other app features with BeReal. You have the option of saving your shot to your phone or sharing it on other social media platforms.
Everything your friends share vanishes after a day, and there’s no simple method to download or preserve it.
Yes, BeReal will alert users if you take a snapshot of their image. LMAO!!
This seems to be one cool social network won’t you say? Let’s interact in our comment section.
How to Create a BeReal Account
Get the BeReal app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
Set up your BeReal account by adding your name, date of birth, and phone number, and creating a username after swiping through a simple app guide. To confirm your phone number, BeReal will give you a verification code.
How to Make BeReal Friends
During the setup procedure, BeReal will request access to your phone contacts list. Anyone on the list who uses BeReal can be added to your friend list.
If you know the usernames of your friends, you can skip this step, deny access permission, and manually add them to Bereal. When you discover them, type their usernames into the My friends’ tab’s search bar and select Add friend.
Because the software is a little problematic, it did not reflect that I had successfully added my friend using the Add friend button in my situation. After a few minutes, I could notice their BeReal on my feed.
You can also request that your friends add you by sharing your BeReal account.
Tap the profile logo in the upper right corner, then the share button at the bottom. It will resemble BERE.AL/. (your username). The link can be shared using the phone’s usual share settings.
How to Prepare for a BeReal
When you initially open the app, you will have to take your first BeReal to view what your friends have uploaded. After that, you will receive a push notification on your phone at a random time each day, with a 2-minute window to take a BeReal and submit it. You can still shoot the shot after the window has closed, but the app will notify your friends of your tardiness.
BeReal keeps you on your toes by sending push notifications at random throughout the day.
To take a BeReal, tap on the notice and take a photo of what you’re doing with the camera. The software will capture a photo with the rear camera before switching to the front camera for a selfie. After you’ve snapped the photo, you can add a caption. When you’re ready to share the photo, you can do so privately with your friends or publicly on the Discovery page.
How to Leave a Comment or React to a BeReal
You’ll be able to see what your friends have uploaded once you’ve taken and submitted your BeReal. You can only comment on your friends’ posts and reply to public posts on the Discovery page. Open the post and leave a remark in the Add a comment section, or press the chat icon in the bottom right corner. You can also use a Realmoji to respond.