What is TikTok now?
Users are prompted to capture a picture or a video using their phone’s front and back cameras at an arbitrary time of day via the TikTok Now feature.
The company claims in a blog post that this will enable customers to “share their most authentic and real moments.”
But wait a minute? – Share real moments? Be real in this fake world? Doesn’t that sound pretty familiar? While other social networks have already tried to direct the hype around BeReal with Snapchat Dual Camera and Instagram Dual to their own platforms, TikTok is now following with a new feature called TikTok Now as well.
BeReal was originally introduced by a small french company, which is considered an alternative to the filtered and photoshopped posts often seen on social media. The system behind BeReal is that at any given time you will receive a message saying “It’s time to BeReal” and then you have two minutes to take a picture with the front and back camera and share it with your friends.
As statistics prove, this app has built enormous hype in recent months, with an increase of more than 300% in monthly users and is now gaining popularity worldwide. Of course, it is therefore obvious that other social media platforms embrace and follow this trend as these platforms do not want to lose their users to other apps. That’s why social networks are creating their own slightly modified version of this feature, as we’ve already seen with previous features, such as stories or reels.
What is the difference between BeReal and TikTok now?
What looks pretty much the same at first glance, nevertheless differs in a few details.
TikTok Now and BeReal both give consumers a short window of time to capture content after receiving a notification at any time of day.
- In contrast to the TikTok Now Feature, which chose “It’s Time to Now” for its daily countdown start, BeReal prompts with the message “It’s time to BeReal.”
- Another difference between TikTok Now and BeReal is that users of BeReal can only take pictures, whereas TikTok Now allows up to 10 seconds of video.
- The difference between BeReal and TikTok Now that BURST was able to identify is in its level of engagement. While BeReal Moments allows anyone to respond, TikTok Now only allows people who follow each other to respond and react to posts.
- Based on TikTok’s current safety and privacy policies, sharing on TikTok Now has various restrictions. TikTokers under the age of 16 won’t be able to share their now-moments publicly on the explore page but will automatically create a private Now account. But users over the age of 18 years will have the option to share their TikTokNow moments not only with their connections but with everyone who is on the explore page. Users of BeReal also have these two options to share their moments with everyone on the discovery page or with their added friends.
For all of the reasons mentioned above, it cannot be said that TikTok copies BeReal with its new feature TikTok Now but let’s be honest TikTok Now and BeReal are very similar.