The popular app BeReal, I finally gave myself a try last week. While we often show the best version of ourselves on Insta and YouTube, this app tries to keep it all real and nice and mundane. I show you how it works in this video!
How BeReal works
The app is very simple to use. Every day you will receive a push notification at a random time. You then have exactly two minutes to quickly take a photo, whatever you are doing at the time.
You take a photo with two cameras: the camera on the back of your phone appears large, and at the same time you also take a selfie that appears small in the picture. Taking a nice selfie while your room where you are unseen is actually a mess is not possible with this app! You can possibly take your photo again in the two minutes, but after 2 minutes your time is really up and you can share your BeReal with friends.
Together with your friends
The nice thing about BeReal is that you do this at the same time with friends. Every day you also receive the BeReal photos from your friends, who are just doing the laundry or attending the kids’ swimming lesson.
If you grab the photo opportunity too late, your photo will show how much longer it took you. This has happened to Purchasing Directors Email Lists me a few times as well. And if you miss it completely, you won’t be able to see your friends’ BeReals. In addition, you will eventually have a nice diary of all your photos taken per day.
Authenticity on social media
This app responds nicely to a trend that goes against the perfect pictures on social. Usually my feed is mostly filled with just perfect faces of people having a great time, with beautiful pictures and enviable videos.
My feed on BeReal is now refreshingly different: filled with photos of ordinary living rooms, sleepy faces, cluttered desks, couch hangouts, and I even came across a photo of someone sitting on the toilet. Because yes, that is also part of a normal day.
Tips for using BeReal
Keep in mind that you give this app access to send you a push notification, and that can come at times when you don’t want it. My personal tip is to check whether you also share your location. I had it turned on in the first photo, and that’s accurate to the street. You may not always want that.
I really liked using the “realmojis”: selfies emojis. So you portray yourself that you are happy, surprised, sad, or that you give your thumbs up.
Conclusion: is BeReal worth it or not?
My conclusion after a week of trying…? I’ll leave it on my phone! I find it refreshingly authentic. In addition, it takes less than a minute every day, and in that time you also build a diary with everyday moments. I do think it is not an app that is suitable for everyone. So I’m very curious if you’ve already tried it? And what are your findings? Be sure to leave a comment!