Getting started

Beams allows you to tell stories and create lists of your favourite places, and share them easily with the world. Our mission is to help each other have a good time.

What's happening in your world today? Tell us the story of a place that you recently felt moved to share. Where do you regularly get asked recommendations for? This can be the starting point for your first list.

  • To create a list, tap [icon] at the bottom of the screen. If it’s your first list you can also tap the ‘Create your first story’ artwork on your feed.
  • Create your list title and summary. Tap on ‘Add a title’ to type your list title. Tap on ‘Create a summary’ to type your summary.
  • Titles and summaries are limited to 150 characters each. We love creative, personal titles and summaries.
  • When you are finished, tap ‘Next’.

This will be the title for the stories in your list. Some people like to group stories by theme, for example nature or an activity, a travel destination, or a list of food spots. Others might group by format, for example, a “day in the life” list, narrative or tutorial. The summary is a short description of your list, like a subheading.

Here are some examples from our early Beams users of titles and summaries:

Pockets of Green in London: My favourite parts of London to escape for moments of calm.

Lowkey Berlin Beers: relaxed drinks we had before dinner

My Japan Arts & Sports Highlights: When I travel, I seek out art and sports. Here are the best experiences I had in my three trips to Japan.

Once you have created the storylist, you can just select this when you go to add a new story next time.

Now you can create a New story for your list. Stories are made up of an image, caption and location. They are added as single items on your list.

  • Select the image for your story, make sure it’s one you have taken. You can move from All Photos to other albums in your camera roll such as ‘Favourites’ and more. You will need to allow for permissions to access your photos. Select the photo, and tap Next.
  • Write the caption detailing your experience at this place. Tap What’s happening to start writing your caption. What happened? Why is this place interesting to you personally? What tips would you leave for other people going there?
  • Select the location where this happened. Tap Where are you to add your place. Start typing to find your place or you may see it appear already in a list below the finder. Select the location and tap Post. Remember, if this is a story from your home, be mindful of your personal safety, avoid choosing the name of your street for example.
  • You will now see your story. Tap the back arrow [⬅︎] to see your storylist.
  • Tap the back arrow [⬅︎] again to return to feed.

Here’s an example from our friend Will:

My dad was lake-fishing and I usually tag along to do some drawing and just enjoy the land. There were otters in the lakes - the first time we've seen there, and my dad remarked that it was a good sign that the lakes were healthy and full of fish. It made me feel positive - and I decided to go for a walk around the shore to try and spot some otters. After about half an hour of walking I crested a hill and looked down over the landscape - we were only a few miles away from the nearest village but it felt like we were the only people in the world. In the spring - when we were there - the gorse is in bloom and the moorland grasses and heather were just beginning to get lush, but it still had a kind of russety-golden tint to it and it was beautiful. It felt like I could feel the hum of the landscape and all that it has encountered, from people to animals to weather, and even to the thought of perhaps something beyond 'us'. Irish custom is thick with folklore - stories of fae-folk, gods, creatures, heroes, villains - and it was like this seemingly barren patch of land was awash with stories.

Story location: Mullaghduff Mountain Pasture, Donegal, Ireland.

That's it. Your list is now created and you can keep adding to it, or create a new one. Dream on!