The answer is basically very simple: BeReal stands for the counter-movement to the excessive social networks we know today, such as TikTok, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter, etc. (just to name a few).
The posted content is visible to your networked followers/friends for one day only, similar to Snapchat or WhatsApp and Instagram stories.
So far so good, none of this is new.
With a daily prompt, you get 2 minutes to take a snap with the front and rear cameras in the BeReal app. As long as the 2 minutes are running, you have time. If you don’t like the pictures (front and rear camera) you can take a new snapshot. After 2 minutes the time for your post runs out. Here are a few of my posts:
Here is an overview of past BeReal notification times from 07/14–06/09/2022:
Looking at the previous times of BeReal notifications, it can be estimated that the BeReal time window, i.e. the time frame for BeReal notifications, is approximately between 10:00 am and 11:59 pm.
If we look at the notification history so far, we can see that BeReal usually sends notifications in the afternoon or evening. Sometimes, the BeReal app notification may appear in the morning as well (although this is rather uncommon).
As can be seen in the table above, BeReal tends to stick to certain hours over days. For example, you can see that notifications are sent around 23:00 on consecutive days. So, BeReal times are less unpredictable than probably suspected.
If you miss posting your BeReal photo right away, it’s no big deal. You can always post a late BeReal. Your post will then be marked with the missed hours / minutes (e.g. 15min Late). You can only see the BeReals of your friends when you have made up for it.
I welcome apps / media that hold up a mirror to us without all the media bells and whistles.
For me personally, the main and most important part of the app is that it doesn’t offer any image editing functions or texts. The pictures are taken and posted, that’s it. I think that’s a nice change that takes a lot of pressure off. Even if you want to edit the pictures, you simply couldn’t (post).
This starting point puts us all in the same boat and makes the app and the user experience very neutral and down-to-earth.
The fact that the content is not very lurid and the posts from friends remain rather clear means that you don’t get lost in a timeline for hours on end. This creates time for more important things in life.
I hope I was able to give some insight into the BeReal app!
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Platforms like BlueSky bring a refreshing wind to the media landscape. It's an attempt to put the way we interact online back into the hands of the community. For me personally, it sounds like a very positive change that I would like to support.
Within 3 years I have turned my life in a new direction. All the change and hard work is slowly starting to pay off. But my journey is far from over.