BeReal Test Avis

There are those who completely isolate themselves from social networks and those who download BeReal, the French anti-Instagram application that wants to improve your mental health, or at least prevent it from the negative effects of screens. In April 2022 they were more than 7.4 million have downloaded the app. 65% have done so this year, despite the app being only two years old and having only 10,000 users in January 2021.

To put an end to the time wasted with my phone and the hundreds of superficial photos advocated by the Instagram algorithm, I left the American application for BeReal. three months. An interesting experience, especially with a French application, launched by Kévin Perreau, who moved on to Ecole 42 (Xavier Niel’s developer school). In hyper-growth I was able to follow the (timid) evolution of the application, my use and its appropriation by users.

Without feeling conquered or disgusted by the application, BeReal is clearly walking a path of its own, which no competitor has yet explored. In my opinion on BeReal, I will describe the details three main points in the use of the application (and social networks in general): my time of daily use, sanity and entertainment. Other publishers of juicer he joined me on the adventure to give you his opinion.

To put an end to the time lost with the phone and the hundreds of superficial photos advocated by the Instagram algorithm, I left the American application for BeReal

Without filter, for the moment

It is customary on BeReal to publish a photo every day. To do this, the application chooses to send you a notification, at a random time of day (it can also be in the evening, quite early). It is not mandatory to respect the timing of the notification to be posted, but it is essential to post so you can view photos shared by your friends. To see other people’s content, you need to post yourself.

Between Instagram and Snapchat, the French application only offers one photo per day (it is possible to take it back) and only in the form of a story (but transmitted in the form of a stream of content to be scrolled). It is not it is not possible to send a photo to a particular user in the form of a message. During the publication phase, however, it is possible to choose whether to transmit only to friends or in public. The “public” mode is useless at the moment, but it seems to pave the way for popularity if one day influential accounts emerge from the application.

Without filters, at the moment, BeReal’s image acquisition has the distinction of using both the front camera and the main camera. It is therefore difficult to escape a selfie, early in the morning. The goal is really to share the everyday without glitter and without staging. In addition, during shooting, a 3-minute countdown is activated to take the photo. A way to force authenticity once again.

However, the application has lost a small detail to play with the codes and put on stage. There is a slight delay between the main and front camera framing. This little time allows you to play with the selfie angle. If you take a photo from below with the main camera, you can review the angle of view directly after clicking the capture button (the selfie photo will only be taken a second or two later).

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Looking forward to new friends … or not

Over the weeks, BeReal offers us an insight into our life. And beware if you are going through a routine period, the application sends us a rather depressing image right in the face. By dint of always taking the same type of photos to describe your day, our everyday life is only even more boring and we quickly find ourselves asking the question : “Will I post a photo today or am I waiting for a better day to come?”. Plus, it’s entirely possible to take a lambda photo to be able to browse other people’s photos, then delete your own (even if the button isn’t easy to access the first time).

The question arises very quickly our friends list. BeReal is based on the Facebook model and not on Instagram, with the need for a reciprocal subscription. When I started the app, few of my contacts had an account and I found myself very quickly by itself, not to be able to consult the content of others. So, I imagined myself with all my registered relatives, and the interest that BeReal might have in keeping up with the daily life of its closest relatives, those for whom vacuuming on Sunday morning may interest us.

With 315% growth in monthly active users year to date, I’ve seen the app change as more and more of my contacts joined the question. To follow their use, it was fold or double. Some never stopped publishing while others quickly fell into inactivity. And I, my interest in seeing more people there for less boredom had changed.

In my contacts, it closed or doubled. Some never stopped posting while others quickly fell into inactivity

BeReal test application

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The BeReal problem and my opinion

With a longer friends list (we’re talking 20 people instead of 3 when I signed up), my use of the app has changed, to the detriment of BeReal. Instead of finding more interest, now my limits for publishing my daily life were tightening. Too intimate to be visible to all, too boring to share … there are more and more reasons not to take a picture someday … or always.

There are more and more reasons not to take a photo one day … or always

I wouldn’t have said no to a video mode. Maybe to be able to show more when I share a moment away from home. Or to be more creative, more fun. With its current formula, the use is very limited and it could be summed up in giving news and exaggerating the characteristic: saying that you are alive.

BeReal Memories

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The use of BeReal is bound by its interface and its model. But in my opinion it’s entirely possible to post the same type of content on Instagram (or Snapchat, for its more turned off). The real advantage of BeReal, on the other hand, is the worries time on the screen. We will not pass no more than ten minutes a day on the app. I can’t do more.

As for the fun and entertaining side, it will all depend on your contact list and their lives. Among the badly framed photos, taken with no other interest than to respect the daily rhythm required by the question, and the subscribers who, like me, find themselves worrying about having to photograph the dead times of our daysdifficult to pay a lot of interest.

True disconnection does not involve a change of application

And the problem may be there: wanting too much authenticity, BeReal forgot that our time spent on our screens was generally our downtime, our moments of calm and rest. The rest of the highlights and interesting moments to share will be given priority to Instagram Stories. And if like me you prefer to delete Instagram, then it is not for another application that you want to share your moments, but without a smartphone in hand. Because the real disconnection does not go through a change of application.

The opinion of the rest of the editorial staff

Romain Vitt, head of the Tech and JV section. On paper, the promise of BeReal seemed interesting to me: a limiting social network that forces us to share only one content a day with the people who matter. To be constantly connected to social networks, I therefore saw there a way to shoot while continuing to share photos with my loved ones.

Unfortunately, BeReal didn’t turn out to be that attractive. If the promise is beautiful, the reality is quite different. First, because the application can quickly become invasive if notifications are activated. Every day, therefore, we receive a notice informing us that we have not shared our photo of the day. Then another to let us know that our friends have just posted theirs.

Furthermore, the application suffers from the same limitation as most alternative social networks: there is no one there. Apart from Hadrien (author of this article), no one around me has used the app. From that moment on, the social network loses all its social character, and therefore its initial interest.

All your questions about BeReal

Who created BeReal?

BeReal founder is Kevin Perreau, who joined Alexis Barreyat to launch the app in 2020.

How many users does BeReal have?

In April 2022, 7.4 million people downloaded the app worldwide, which was in the top 5 most downloaded apps on the App Store in the United States. The number of BeReal users is difficult to know, as a large number of users remain inactive after a certain discovery period.

Who invested in BeReal?

BeReal has already raised over $ 30 million in Serie A thanks to investment funds Andreessen Horowitz (A16z), Accel and DST. For the moment, this is the only capital of BeReal (which does not charge its users and which does not broadcast advertising).

Where to download BeReal?

BeReal is available on the App Store (iPhone) and Play Store (Android). The application is only available on smartphones.

Who is BeReal for?

Unlike other social networks, BeReal has a model that could appeal to young and old from the very beginning. The application is between Snapchat and Instagram with a format suitable for those who do not want to spend too much time on their smartphone and want to guarantee the authenticity of the publications.

What languages ​​are available on BeReal?

BeReal can be used in French, English, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin.

What are the differences between BeReal and Instagram?

Don’t rely on messages, stories, likes or a subscriber counter on BeReal. Unlike even Instagram, you can only post one photo per day and it won’t be possible to use filters or dig into its image gallery. Videos are also not supported on BeReal.

BeReal test application

We love

  • Drastic reduction of the time spent on our smartphone
  • Another way to get news and give it
  • Without filter, goodbye to the superficial

We love less

  • Very limited use
  • A good application to find your interest-free life …
  • Being able to make short videos would not be a waste

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