What is the Lightning Bolt on Real?

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

Unlike many other social media apps that are full of negativity, hate, and competition to get the most likes, BeReal is all about staying real. The app is a new way to share photos that gives users a genuine experience, without the usual sugar coated social media effects. It has quickly become a hit on college campuses and has even started its own marketing campaign to reach more young people.

You may have noticed a little lightning bolt in the bottom corner of the app when taking BeReal or reacting to other people's posts. It's one of the latest features on TikTok, and it may be confusing if you don't know what it means. In this article, we'll explain what the lightning bolt on bereal does and how to use it.

If you aren't familiar with BeReal, it's a new feature on TikTok that lets you take a photo of yourself and then add a live reaction to it. It is similar to how 10-second videos work on the platform, but it eliminates the need for editing and lets you see exactly how you react in real-time.

To use BeReal, open the app and tap the icon with a camera in the bottom bar to start your first post. Then, follow the onscreen instructions to take your picture using both the front and back camera. You'll then have two minutes to record and share your BeReal. You can also click the lightning bolt in the top right corner of the screen to change your RealMoji reaction on a specific post.

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