Facebook's Poke app could be a result of Snapchat staying independent

When Facebook unveiled its Poke app, a lot of people responded with confusion. If the world's largest social network already has a solid system for communication, why do they need another one? You could draw some comparisons to Facebook Camera; that short-lived app that briefly pre-dated Facebook's Instagram buyout.

Softpedia suggests there's a deeper reason for Poke's production, and it comes down to a bruised ego. Facebook tried to buy out Snapchat, and the smaller company refused to bow down to the bigger social network. Snapchat, for anyone wondering, is basically the 10MinuteMail of the instant messaging world. Send a message and after it arrives with a recipient, it self-destructs.

The idea obviously isn't guaranteed, but it would be a fascinating glimpse into how Facebook operates. With the social network having enough money to throw a billion Instagram's way, Snapchat's refusal to bow down had to sting a little.

We're not going to tell you that this is certain, but if it's true, it means Poke was built for Android and iOS in 12 days. We wouldn't put money on Facebook talking about the development process, so we might never know conclusively.

Source: Softpedia

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If you take a screenshot, the app will notice the sender that the receiver has taken one. Actually, the concept of this app is sexting, if you haven't already understood it. If you're not confident enough, you can use this app instead.

My work here is done.

Konstantine said,
If you take a screenshot, the app will notice the sender that the receiver has taken one. Actually, the concept of this app is sexting, if you haven't already understood it. If you're not confident enough, you can use this app instead.

My work here is done.


Sexting needs archiving even more.

If you can't trust the receiver to keep the pics and videos to him or herself and this annoys you, better not begin doing it in the first place.

Knowing a screenshot has been taken doesn't help you much and then there's still filming the screen or taking a pic with another camera of the screen.

If you have trust issues, don't sext with someone you barely even know. It's as simple as that.

Also, screenshots degrade the image resolution that would be possible.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

If you can't trust the receiver to keep the pics and videos to him or herself and this annoys you, better not begin doing it in the first place.

Knowing a screenshot has been taken doesn't help you much and then there's still filming the screen or taking a pic with another camera of the screen.

If you have trust issues, don't sext with someone you barely even know.

trust <> confidence. Now that you understand that, let's go to no.2. Who the ***** hell would grab a camera to take a pic of of sth like that? insert.genius.meme.here

Konstantine said,

trust <> confidence. Now that you understand that, let's go to no.2. Who the ***** hell would grab a camera to take a pic of of sth like that? insert.genius.meme.here

Hey genius, how about you look up the name "Amanda Todd"...
People CAN go to great lengths.

And whilst trust doesn't equal confidence, you should keep in mind I was merely stating how I roll things.
Anyone else might disagree and hence this app is probably worth something to them, but then again, actually not, because it's so easy to trick and get permanent saves.
So why bother.

I mean, at least it only takes a screenshot, not a big hurdle, right?

GS:mac

Well that was a silly move Facebook... Now you got news sites publishing the name of the company your trying to break... Never heard of Snapchat before but just tried it and its much safer than Facebooks effort, you can't screen dump Snapchats

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