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.
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