Cameo - Personal Celeb Videos
Personalized, pricey celeb videos offer fun brush with fame.
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Cameo - Personal Celeb Videos
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What’s It About?
After signing up and creating an account in CAMEO – PERSONAL CELEB VIDEOS, users are prompted to select three talent categories to follow. General categories such as actors or athletes are broken down into subcategories like BMX, Real Housewives, Drag Queens, and En Español. The app is then organized into five tabs: Search, Handpicked for You, Messages, Activity, and User Profile. Under the Search tab, users can explore categories and view celebrities' profiles. Pricing for personalized videos and direct messaging is noted in each profile. To request a personalized message, click Book and follow the prompts. Users have the option to make videos public in the app or receive them privately via email or text. Users can scroll through Handpicked for You to see sample Cameos from an array of celebs. Tap on the heart to like videos or the share icon to post directly to Instagram Stories. Under the Messages tab, users can access active messaging with celebs and their messaging history.
Is It Any Good?
Although it can be pricey, this fun and unique idea makes connecting with celebrities through personalized video requests or direct messaging an attainable reality for fans. There's lots of talent on Cameo – Personal Celeb Videos, and they seem to be adding more every day. The platform reaches a wide fan base and makes a clear effort to represent and celebrate diversity. The fact that the video personalization prompts include pronoun options also demonstrates the developer's awareness around representation and identity. Reviews and the sample Cameos illustrate the type of experience others have had with specific celebs and provide a general idea before the user commits to a purchase. Celebrities have seven days to complete a request and, if they fail to do so, the app credits the user's account with the total spent for future purchases on the app. The direct messaging option is a fun way for fans to connect with celebrities, though it can quickly get pricey. For example, when messaging with Vicki Gunvalson from the Real Housewives, every 250-character message costs $2.99. Although users agree to the messaging fee, there's no guarantee that the celebrity will respond -- and unlike uncompleted Cameos, there's no refund or credit for unanswered messages. Families should definitely discuss parameters for using the app and agreeing to payments since almost all features come at a cost -- some steeper than others.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the mature elements in some of the Cameo – Personal Celeb Videos. What audience is the best fit for that content? Why?
Talk about guidelines and set expectations for making purchases through the app. With the huge range of pricing, it's important to discuss what's OK to pay and what's too much for your family.
With this app kids can connect with celebrities -- but for a price. What do you think about paying to interact with someone famous (or semi-famous)? Is the idea appealing? Why or why not? What's in it for the celebrities?
Talk about what's OK to share. Why make a video public? What kind of information is appropriate to tell your chosen celebrity? Clarify your family's expectations around sharing.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free (In-app purchases range from $0.99 - $15.99. Booking and DM fees vary depending on the artist.)
- Release date: June 4, 2020
- Category: Photo & Video
- Publisher: Baron App, Inc.
- Version: 45.0.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up.
- Last updated: August 17, 2020
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