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MacRumors
Dec 21, 2012, 03:08 PM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/12/poke-150x150.pngWhen Snapchat launched a video update (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/12/14/photo-sharing-app-snapchat-adds-video-iphone-5-support/) last week, AllThingsD (http://allthingsd.com/20121216/facebook-to-launch-its-own-snapchat-competitor-app/) reported that Facebook was planning on releasing its own photo and video sharing app to compete with Snapchat. Facebook's new standalone app, Facebook Poke, was released today (http://newsroom.fb.com/News/559/Introducing-Poke-for-Mobile), expanding on Facebook's original "poke" concept.

After connecting to Facebook Poke with a Facebook account, users can take a video or photo, write a message, or send a standard poke notification to friends who are also Facebook users. Each message lasts only a few seconds before expiring, after which time it is no longer visible.

If a screenshot is taken, users are notified with a bright orange icon on the feed, which is the same functionality found in Snapchat. Users can browse through sent messages in Poke by tapping and holding on a message.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/12/facebookpoke.jpg

Media sent via Facebook Poke is not visible in the standard Facebook app, but people will get a Facebook notification to download Facebook Poke to see Poke messages. Like the rest of Facebook's apps, Poke has a menu for reporting inappropriate content.

Facebook Poke (http://appshopper.com/social-networking/facebook-poke) is a free download on Apple's App Store. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/facebook-poke/id588594730?mt=8)]

Article Link: Facebook Launches its Own Version of Snapchat, Called Poke (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/12/21/facebook-launches-its-own-version-of-snapchat-called-poke/)



Prof.
Dec 21, 2012, 03:10 PM
The hell...?

kjs862
Dec 21, 2012, 03:12 PM
Wow, sexting gone mainstream. :eek:

bassfingers
Dec 21, 2012, 03:13 PM
Facebook is bloated and dying. It's got 18 months left before its replaced by something clean and simple

Prof.
Dec 21, 2012, 03:14 PM
Wow, sexting gone mainstream. :eek:
I have my mouse on the "Unfriend" button already.

Johnny Vegas
Dec 21, 2012, 03:15 PM
This is great! I have so many Facebook friends that I've always wanted to poke. ;)


~JV

Cougarcat
Dec 21, 2012, 03:18 PM
Really sad we lost a great Mac developer (Acrylic) to make...this.

charlieegan3
Dec 21, 2012, 03:26 PM
Wow, sexting gone mainstream. :eek:

Just crazy isn't it...

ingramLee
Dec 21, 2012, 03:34 PM
The quote reads "If you didnt do it first, do it better." Seems like they've missed the mark.

farleysmaster
Dec 21, 2012, 03:55 PM
I do not understand what the app is. Like texts but they disappear after 5 seconds? Why?

iwan073
Dec 21, 2012, 03:57 PM
Facebook is bloated and dying. It's got 18 months left before its replaced by something clean and simple

You mean Google Plus

farleysmaster
Dec 21, 2012, 04:09 PM
I've just tried this app between my phone and my wife's phone. It's mad! Why does it exist?

olowott
Dec 21, 2012, 04:13 PM
Whats up with Facebook :mad:


Cant you guys hide till next year;)

ritsard
Dec 21, 2012, 04:35 PM
Is this like the Slow Poke feature Andy Samberg was talking about during the F8 Keynote? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48uM4lfVooM :D

akislot
Dec 21, 2012, 05:10 PM
These apps are perfect for politicians or actually anyone in an affair. They can send their junk to their interns and know it won't end up anywhere else... Until Facebook screws up and they end up showing up in the Timeline.

bushido
Dec 21, 2012, 06:15 PM
i dont get the point ... ?

avanpelt
Dec 21, 2012, 10:08 PM
This will likely be quietly shelved in a few months. I'm sure it's just an experiment by Facebook to see if it takes off; and I doubt they really expect it to be a success. With a name like "Poke"? C'mon! For a second I thought I had pulled up the Onion!

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Each message lasts only a few seconds before expiring, after which time it is no longer visible.

They left the last part out: "...but it will be stored on Facebook's servers indefinitely."

shurcooL
Dec 22, 2012, 10:06 AM
i dont get the point ... ?
Insight about it here:

https://twitter.com/dcurtis/status/282286906929197057

SnowLeopard OSX
Dec 22, 2012, 10:10 AM
I'm interested to see how well this Facebook Poke application stacks up against SnapChat -- both interesting ideas, but I wonder how practical it'll actually be.

shurcooL
Dec 22, 2012, 10:11 AM
Btw, I tried it, but I have an issue where not all my Facebook friends are visible in this app. What gives?

jj47
Dec 22, 2012, 10:14 AM
Why won't Facebook die already?

Glassed Silver
Dec 22, 2012, 12:54 PM
If I can't save the videos, pics and whatever else you can send via that app to my device, then don't even bother sending me anything. ;)

I'm a log-addict. If it's unlogged, I won't use it.
My only exception is Steam's chat, just for conversing which game to play together though, so yeah...

Glassed Silver:mac

psxndc
Dec 22, 2012, 01:41 PM
I've just tried this app between my phone and my wife's phone. It's mad! Why does it exist?

Literally, for sexting. Any racy photos you take and send are viewable for a short time and then gone. Snapchat has a feature that notifies you if the person takes a screenshot too I think. Seriously, I can't think of any other application.

deannnnn
Dec 22, 2012, 05:07 PM
Facebook is bloated and dying. It's got 18 months left before its replaced by something clean and simple

People have been saying that for years.

Dagless
Dec 23, 2012, 11:18 AM
I'd like Facebook to stick around, but I'm worried nonsense like this might end up killing it.

I love Facebook for keeping in touch with my family (I live away and we all have hectic lives, emails are good but a "forum" atmosphere like Facebook is great), and old buddies from school. Never touched an app on Facebook - never will.
I guess I have magic powers for being able to see the benefits in it!

SnowLeopard OSX
Dec 23, 2012, 11:26 AM
I'd like Facebook to stick around, but I'm worried nonsense like this might end up killing it.

I love Facebook for keeping in touch with my family (I live away and we all have hectic lives, emails are good but a "forum" atmosphere like Facebook is great), and old buddies from school. Never touched an app on Facebook - never will.
I guess I have magic powers for being able to see the benefits in it!

Same here -- although, I'd argue that people, groups, and businesses have already settled themselves so deep into the Facebook platform (with respect to social networking) that unless something really game changing surfaced, it would be pretty difficult for people to jump ship.

Blakjack
Dec 23, 2012, 02:00 PM
Don't get the point of having so many apps.

dannys1
Dec 24, 2012, 05:07 PM
Guess I'm the only here that likes this (like I was the only one that didn't like the iOS switching idea earlier) mainly cos I've got lots of dirty female friends who have already made use of being able to send filth that is gone after a few seconds…personally I don't mind receiving that a few times a day :D

iwan073
Dec 24, 2012, 08:09 PM
I tried it for 5 minutes. It sucks.

BvizioN
Dec 27, 2012, 01:13 PM
Facebook is bloated and dying. It's got 18 months left before its replaced by something clean and simple

I have heard that years ago and am still waiting.

markie
Jan 2, 2013, 03:15 AM
Literally, for sexting. Any racy photos you take and send are viewable for a short time and then gone. Snapchat has a feature that notifies you if the person takes a screenshot too I think. Seriously, I can't think of any other application.

Then you can't think very hard. I use Snapchat all the time and have never "sexted" - but I've sent messy hair, silly faces, etc that I'd die of humiliation if they were passed around. Same thing my friends all use it for. None of us "sext"

marty1980
Jan 3, 2013, 08:26 AM
I did a search in the App Store for "Facebook Poke" the app did not show up in the results I looked at. Did another search just for "Facebook" and still did not find it. I clicked on the "Direct Link" (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/facebook-poke/id588594730?mt=8) in the article and it brought up the app like it should.

Curious that the happen isn't easily found in search.

I'm running iOS 6.0.1 on iPhone 5.

Lil Chillbil
Jan 3, 2013, 09:23 PM
I am already tired of people poking me its weird

Fondaparinux
May 10, 2014, 01:49 AM
Facebook is bloated and dying. It's got 18 months left before its replaced by something clean and simple

It's been 18 months.