BeReal, the “anti-Instagram” that grows despite performance problems

A different social network . BeReal only allows you to upload photos once a day and for two minutes at a randomly chosen time.


BeReal , a social network that has been nicknamed the “ anti-Instagram ”, is a victim of its own success.

Bloomberg reports that the iOS version of the app has caught on, but is running into many problems.

What is BeReal and how does it work?

It’s no secret that the content we see on social media like Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram is mostly sanitized and elaborate.

A recent study shows that viewing these types of posts can lead to negative reactions, such as making us feel insecure about our financial situation.

BeReal tries to jump this fence with a unique dynamic. The social network chooses a random time to send an alert: users will have only two minutes to take photos of what they are doing at that moment.

All images are uploaded at once, using the front camera and the rear camera. This, of course, seems to be the source of the problem that BeReal is experiencing .

BeReal and its problems

After topping the top spot on Apple’s App Store for three days this week, users have reported that the app crashes at the most important time: when they have little time to upload their photos.

This has caused them to have to open and close the app multiple times when taking photos with both cameras. In other cases, they manage to take the photos but they take a long time to upload to the social network .

When the user does not take advantage of the two-minute window, the social network sends a simple message: “late”. That is, you will have to try the next day at a random time.

This could cause a stagnation in BeReal’s growth, but for now its users seem sympathetic.

Living up to its name, BeReal does not incorporate filters like Instagram or TikTok .

BeReal is adding more and more users. The firm Sensor Tower indicates that it added 1.7 million new downloads in the App Store . The app is also in the Google Play Store .