BeReal wants people to be more honest with what they share in their social networks. The app only allows you to upload one photo per day and without the possibility of searching for it in the gallery. In other words, you can only show what is around you at the time the notice arrives.
“Your real friends. Every day at a different time, everyone is notified simultaneously to capture and share a photo in 2 minutes. A new and unique way to find out who your friends really are in their daily lives.
BeReal is a French social network launched in 2020. It was developed by Alexis Barreyat and has recently gained momentum. This does not allow the user to edit or search photos, so he is forced to upload an image of the moment he isNo filters or anything like that.
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The Xataka journalist, Javier Lacort, explained how the app works after using it. “After years exposed to the architecture of Instagram, which forced us into a presumptuous imposture that led to prosaic if not ridiculous content, BeReal wants to be the honest social network. His name could not be more informative. It has no popularity indicators on profiles: no sums of likes or figures of followers in sight“, he pointed.
Likewise, Lacort indicated that BeReal allows us to disconnect from numbers, but not from friends. “It is a social network for those who want to take a break from social networks without losing community connections, and ensuring a patina of authenticity. The one that promises an architecture that we can’t sneak into. Until It has an anti-lurker method: it only lets you see other people’s content if you have previously uploaded one.”, he added.
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However, the journalist also pointed out the less friendly side of BeReal. “On the less pleasant scale, the authenticity promoted by BeReal is linked to a greater dependence on the mobile. Not being able to upload what we want when we want, but rather something freshly done when ordered by an algorithm, means blowing away the news of recent years in terms of digital detoxification”, he asserted.
In this way, Lacort compared BeReal with Twitter. “We even see the countdown to upload something before it’s too late, a gamification worthy of someone who has been in this for years to accentuate the habit of using it. Like the hitting streak in Wordle. To soften the criticism, I will say that Twitter, a hard drug, achieves the same results without the need for these tricks.”, he assured.