1. Welcome to the new MacRumors forums. See our announcement and read our FAQ

Facebook Launches its Own Version of Snapchat, Called Poke

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. macrumors bot



    When Snapchat launched a video update last week, AllThingsD 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, 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.


    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 is a free download on Apple's App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Facebook Launches its Own Version of Snapchat, Called Poke
  2. macrumors 601


    The hell...?
  3. macrumors 65816


    Wow, sexting gone mainstream. :eek:
  4. macrumors 6502


    Facebook is bloated and dying. It's got 18 months left before its replaced by something clean and simple
  5. macrumors 601


    I have my mouse on the "Unfriend" button already.
  6. macrumors member

    This is great! I have so many Facebook friends that I've always wanted to poke. ;)

  7. macrumors 603

    Really sad we lost a great Mac developer (Acrylic) to make...this.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Just crazy isn't it...
  9. macrumors regular

    The quote reads "If you didnt do it first, do it better." Seems like they've missed the mark.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    I do not understand what the app is. Like texts but they disappear after 5 seconds? Why?
  11. macrumors regular


    You mean Google Plus
  12. macrumors 6502a

    I've just tried this app between my phone and my wife's phone. It's mad! Why does it exist?
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Whats up with Facebook :mad:

    Cant you guys hide till next year;)
  14. ritsard, Dec 21, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2012

    macrumors member


  15. macrumors newbie

    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.
  16. macrumors 603


    i dont get the point ... ?
  17. macrumors 65816

    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!


    They left the last part out: "...but it will be stored on Facebook's servers indefinitely."
  18. macrumors 6502a

  19. macrumors 6502a

    SnowLeopard OSX

    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.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Btw, I tried it, but I have an issue where not all my Facebook friends are visible in this app. What gives?
  21. macrumors regular

    Why won't Facebook die already?
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Glassed Silver

    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
  23. macrumors regular

    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.
  24. macrumors 68000


    People have been saying that for years.
  25. macrumors Core


    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!

Share This Page