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Gen-Z think this disposable camera app is the future of social media

When it comes to new apps, we are ALL ears when something comes along that has us re-living the fun of a disposable camera which is exactly what Dispo is all about.
It’s been developed by YouTuber and TikTok star David Dobrik who is taking on the Silicon Valley social media giants with a photo app that Gen Z are super psyched about. Oh, and it’s invite-only (sound familiar to recent apps like Clubhouse?) You bet.

So, what exactly is the Dispo app? Here’s everything you need to know

What is Dispo?

The Dispo app pretty much mimics the functions of a disposable camera. Yep, bear with us. It’s a good thing. It’s tagline? “Capture and share moments.”

Dobrik apparently came up with the idea for the app after seeing friends use disposable cameras at parties and saw how none of them worried about how the pics came out. There wasn’t the usual editing, the scrolling-through-pics-looking-at-how-bad-I-look action most of us have with the cameras on our phones. What makes Dispo different from any other social media app on the market is that it seems to take away that instant gratification process many of us have become too obsessed with.

How does Dispo work?

The photo app has been designed to recreate that unpolished, of-the-moment experience that disposable cameras offered us before digital took hold. There are no filters, just a flash.

Remember the thrill of getting those disposable pictures developed, excitedly flicking through them at Boots? Well, Dispo is trying to parallel that too. Users have to wait until the next morning for their photos to ‘develop.’ You can like, share, add to or comment on photos but you cannot edit them.

There’s also the option to save photos taken in Dispo directly into “rolls” that are categorised by theme which means as soon as the image is available, it’s uploaded into the “roll” that you select the next day and made public. That’s just one option though, you can simply just upload the Dispo photos into your library. Users can create their own rolls but you can’t join a roll unless you’re invited. The more rolls you share, the more rolls you get invited to contribute to.

One consumer expert, Chris Cantino, summarised Dispo on Twitter “in a nutshell” writing: “shallow and fake ‘IG aesthetics’ are rendered obsolete, no memes, quotes, or camera roll uploads, collaborative photo rolls allow communities to curate interests together, content consumption flywheel every day at 9am, candid, casual, and REAL.”

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How can I get Dispo?

According to reports, the invite-only version of the app — the one with social features — quickly hit its 10k-user limit. It’s currently still in beta-testing mode so you’ll have to wait for an invitation to join.

As far as we’re aware there is no ad content on the app and we’re unsure exactly how it will be monetised. It’s still early days for this one but we reckon it’s about to hit the big time.



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