Dispo is a weird new photo-sharing platform that won’t let you see your images until the next morning

Feb 18, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Dispo is a weird new photo-sharing platform that won’t let you see your images until the next morning

Feb 18, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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So, there’s a weird new photo-sharing social media platform in town. Well, it’s kind of new. Dispo was founded in 2019 as “David’s Disposables” by YouTuber David Dobrik. But now it’s not just David’s, it’s everyone’s, and it’s just relaunched with a new invite-only beta. And yeah, it’s strange.

It’s an (iPhone-only) app that turns your phone into a kind of disposable camera. You shoot photos with the app, it automatically applies a retro-looking filter and posts it to the app, but then you have to wait for it to “develop”. In fact, you have to wait until 9am local time the next morning before you can see it. I told you, it’s weird. But it seems to be getting rather popular.

It’s being compared to platforms like Clubhouse (also still iPhone-only) in the way it’s launched and the buzz it’s creating due to similarities there. But that’s about where the similarity ends. Bucking the “instant gratification” trend of just about every other social media platform out there, Dispo wants a delayed response. It forces you to wait.

According to reports, the app quickly filled its 10,000 beta spots (apparently the user limit of Apple’s TestFlight platform for beta apps). And because it’s an invite-only beta and because I don’t use an iPhone, I can’t see what it look like. In fact, there are only two screenshots of it even on the Dispo app page (the old “David’s Disposables” page was just renamed) and both of those are above. There’s nothing at all on Dispo’s own website about how the platform works or what it looks like.

The new beta launch seems to be what’s gotten everybody excited, though, offering new social features like “Shared Rolls”. These apparently let multiple users collaborate on an album together. An album that nobody gets to see until 9am the following morning. You don’t even get to see your own photos.

I repeat… It’s kinda weird.

But if you want to check it out, head on over to the App Store and download what’s there. The last update posted to the App Store was on December 8th. There doesn’t seem to be any word on when the new social features are coming.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “Dispo is a weird new photo-sharing platform that won’t let you see your images until the next morning”

  1. udi tirosh Avatar
    udi tirosh

    “when I was your age” rants in 3, 2, 1…

  2. ShishkaBerry Avatar
    ShishkaBerry

    There’s already multiple apps that do this lol, and most are available on Android.

  3. Andrey Mezhin Avatar
    Andrey Mezhin

    where to download? google shows nothing expect dispo.wtf