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.

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I like the idea of a message that expires . I like to send messages to my wife that I would prefer her kids not see when they play on her phone.

This part doesn't make sense to me: "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."

I wouldn't want to send a message that would most likely expire before the recipient reads it.

This is more for instant communication. One use case a lot of people have mentioned is for sending dirty pictures to people. I'm not sure how often I'd use such an app, but Snapchat's popularity shows that there is a market for instant messages that expire after a few seconds.

Facebook "poke" was the equivalent of "buzz" in Yahoo and other instant messenger products.

Makes sense for it to "expire" after a short time. It's annoying to go away for a while and come back to 53 pokes, and those who poked you don't respond to responses.

My concept is to extend the "poke" concept/process so the initial "poke" expires within a minute or so, and the system replies to the "poker" with a message asking if the "poker" would rather "massage" the intended recipient.

What's the point of being poked if you're not massaged?

abecedarian paradoxious said,
Facebook "poke" was the equivalent of "buzz" in Yahoo and other instant messenger products.

Makes sense for it to "expire" after a short time. It's annoying to go away for a while and come back to 53 pokes, and those who poked you don't respond to responses.

My concept is to extend the "poke" concept/process so the initial "poke" expires within a minute or so, and the system replies to the "poker" with a message asking if the "poker" would rather "massage" the intended recipient.

What's the point of being poked if you're not massaged?

A free massage would be cool.

abecedarian paradoxious said,

What's the point of being poked if you're not massaged?

im quite the opposite, i tend to be the one poking after a massage

So this is a messaging app that runs independent to the messaging feature within the FB app and independent to the independent FB messaging app where I can send photos and videos and messages that expire before the person I have sent them to has time to look at them?

Only a subset of my friends are available for "poking." Not sure why.

Also not sure of why this app's necessary, but eh. It also seems to be a different "poke" than that buried in the current Facebook.

You're only able to "poke" people with this new app if they have the app installed as well, due to how it functions.