The photo sharing app BeReal has become very popular in recent weeks. However, demand for BeReal has caused the app to regularly crash at the crucial moment when users try to upload their daily photo – as a woman discovered at a Harry Styles concert.
Cara McManus posted a viral video on TikTok of the chaotic moment when a bystander in front of her desperately tries and fails to post a BeReal photo of Styles standing right in front of them on stage.
The clip shows the woman’s fingers frantically pressing the app’s “Take your BeReal” button so she can snap the perfect shot of Styles for her BeReal shot of the day. She presses the button repeatedly and furiously tries to get the app’s camera to work as Styles walks over to her and gives the audience a thumbs up. But despite her fraught efforts, the BeReal app has seemingly crashed and the woman fails to post her daily dream photo.
@_caramcmanus what a missed opportunity🤣🤣 HSLOT Dublin #hslot #hslotdublin #bereal #dublin ♬ original sound – Cara McManus
The funny clip has been viewed more than 5.4 million times – with thousands of TikTok users relating to the woman’s predicament in the video.
One viewer writes: “Bereal is the most buggy app, she was brave to try one then.”
“Gives me reassurance that it’s not just my Bereal app that takes ages,” wrote another viewer.
Another TikTok user, understanding the woman’s struggles with the app, notes, “BeReal is super stressful when it doesn’t open.”
BeReal managed to top the Apple App Store US charts this week, despite the app reportedly receiving numerous complaints that it crashes when users try to upload their daily photo.
However, Professor Arun Lakshmanan of the University of Buffalo School of Management says: Los Angeles Times that it often happens that the infrastructure of social media apps comes under pressure when demand suddenly soars.
The BeReal boom reflects the early success of Instagram and Twitter, when platform outages were common due to user overload.
“The faster an application can grow, the more likely it is to become popular and stable,” explains Lakshmanan.
In total, BeReal has been downloaded more than 20 million times. It had 1.7 million downloads in the week of July 11, its biggest weekly gain ever, while last Saturday was the best day ever for downloads, according to data shared with Fast company by the digital analytics platform Sensor Tower.
What is BeReal?
Set up as the antithesis of Instagram, BeReal only allows users to post one photo per day and only at any given time. The app wants users to focus on sharing authentic posts without editing or filters. In addition, users cannot decide when to share a photo. Instead, they are prompted to post a photo in their current environment and given two minutes to do so.
When the shutter button is pressed, BeReal shoots with both a front and rear camera, making it impossible to hide behind the main camera. This bi-directional recording feature means viewers get a complete picture of what the poster is doing at the time.