What Does Lightning Mean on BeReal?

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

If you're not on the app, BeReal is a social media platform that's popular among millennials and college students. The app is similar to TikTok and Instagram, but has a more intimate feel. BeReal is meant to improve friendships through real-time photos. It has been compared to Snapchat but it lacks video recording and editing.

What Does Lightning Mean on bereal

The lightning bolt emoji is used to signify excitement and power. It can also be seen on posts that are inspiring or motivating. Using the lightning bolt on a post shows that you agree with what the poster is saying. You can also use it to show that you love a post or comment.

When you see a lightning bolt icon on a post, tapping it will open your camera to take an instant photo to be used as a BeReal Realmoji on that specific post. You can't save these photos for re-use.

Another way to use the lightning bolt emoji is on your own posts and reactions to other people's BeReal posts. It's easy to do and is a great way to show your friends that you're excited about a particular post or comment.

The lightning bolt is also the symbol for TikTok's new BeReal-like feature, Now. Launched in November, Now gives users notifications at a random time of the day to share a photo on their phone with both front and back cameras. The photos are then shared as one image.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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