Facebook wants you to "poke" people with new iOS app

Facebook has been quite busy over the past year releasing more and more standalone apps besides its own flagship mobile app. The Messenger app has been out for a while now, and in May it also launched a Facebook Camera app. Of course, Facebook also owns the Instagram photo app.

Today, Facebook announced the launch of yet another new app, Poke. Being able to "poke" a Facebook friend has been part of the site since 2004, although the "like" feature has become more popular than "poke" over the years.

Facebook states:

With the Poke app, you can poke or send a message, photo, or video to Facebook friends to share what you're up to in a lightweight way. You can poke an individual friend or several at once. Each message expires after a specific time you've set, either 1, 3, 5 or 10 seconds. When time runs out, the message disappears from the app.

AllThingsD reports that the new Poke app is highly similar to the popular Snapchat app. It also mentions that a small team at Facebook created the new Poke app in just 12 days. At the moment, the app is only available for iOS devices. Facebook made no mention of releasing the app for other platforms.

Source: Facebook | Image via Facebook

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