Ah, the Facebook poke!
Such fond memories, ‘He poked me’ ‘OMG that must mean he likes you!’ When Facebook first came out, poking was a new concept, it was fun, it was cheeky. It was the internets way of say someone giving your bum a squeeze on a night out. It was also annoying – with some people having all out ‘poke wars’ that went on for days.
But then some of us had to get on with work, and the constant notifications of weird strangers (usually men) poking you became a bit creepy – ‘I don’t know you – stop poking me’
It appears the poke button was just another fad that fazed away, as Facebook has now quietly withdrawn the Poke App from the app store.
The poke app allowed you to send messages, photos and videos to your friends that would last up to 10 seconds before disappearing forever. Sound familiar? It was almost exactly the same as Snap Chat – but the less cooler version it seems.
Maybe it was time – although there has been some nice stories to come from ‘poking’ such as the couple who got married after the groom poked his future wife seven years previously, there has also been some horror stories – headlines such as ‘Man punched friend to death after he Facebook poked girlfriend’. It seems poking was mainly used for flirting purposes.
However, after doing some investigating I found the Poke button still lurking for those who still wish to use it now and then although it is no longer advertised on the timeline or homepage.
So here follow these steps and give it a poke. Just promise no more creepy ones ok!