Facebook launches (Snapchat clone) Poke for iOS
This entry was posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012.
Facebook has launched a new iOS app called Poke. It is an app that lets its users send messages, images and videos that are set to expire after a certain amount of time. There are plenty of ways to put a spin on it, but long story short, it is an almost exact copy of the popular Snapchat app that has been merged in to Facebook's own 'poke' function.
The idea behind Poke is to send your friends a quick message about something that (you think) is worth a look, without being important enough to be stored for an extended period of time. As a Poke user has complete control over exactly how long a message needs to be accessible to a recipient before expiring, it lends a greater degree of control over what one sends at the spur of the moment without having potentially embarrassing consequences later on. Then again, it is still Facebook, and the data you are sending is bound to be stored somehow, somewhere, so it probably is not a great idea to consider Facebook Poke an avenue for risque activity.
Here's what the Mark Zuckerberg-led social networking company have to say about their latest iOS app:
"Poke your friends to share fun moments or just say hello.
• Poke a friend with a message, photo or video
• Choose how long they can see it
• Press and hold to see pokes from friends
• Say where you are when you poke
• See when your friends take screenshots"
Download it from the App Store here.