There’s a new photo-sharing app on the block in the form of BeReal. Moving away from the curated social media content we’re so used to, BeReal demands that you do just that – Be Real. Instead of only sharing your highlights, you should share everything you do when you receive this notification.
BeReal is free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Unlike Snapchat and Instagram, BeReal is designed to take the pressure off social media, like portraying yourself as having a lifestyle that involves beach vacations, dining out, and fancy cocktails. Instead, BeReal asks you to share everything you do when you receive the notification, whether it’s making a coffee, sitting on the toilet, or walking your dog.
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BeReal simultaneously takes a photo of you using your front camera as well as a photo of what you can see using your main camera so you get both sides of the story. It combines it into a single image which is then shared among your friends. It’s still a fairly unknown app and I’ve only just discovered it but I see it becoming as addictive as Wordle or Candy Crush (remember those times?).
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The nice thing is that you don’t have to worry about whether the photo you share will match the others on your grid or which images you should post. Memories are stored on a calendar that is only visible to you, giving you an overview of what you’ve been up to each month. You can also interact with your friends’ posts, even through comments or RealMoji.
While you might not think we need more photo sharing apps, this one is at least a little different from anything I’ve used before. You can’t add filters, you can’t edit images, and you can only upload one image per day. What I like the most is that it shares the mundane elements of daily life that we all wish to avoid sharing on platforms such as Instagram. If you decide you really don’t like the image you shared, you can delete it, but the app will ask you why you’re deleting it, presumably to dissuade you from doing so.
It’s about time there was an app that does exactly what it says on the tin and will actually be BeReal. I’m now on a one woman mission to get all my friends to download it, partly because I’m nosy, but partly because it’s another way to stay up to date with my friends and family when you can’t. not be with them. The best thing about it is that it’s free to download, fun to use, and you can’t get stuck in an endless scrolling loop. BeReal doesn’t replace any app you might already be using, but rather a nice addition that demands authenticity.
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