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Facebook Launches its Own Version of Snapchat, Called Poke

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]

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Posted: 23 months ago
Wow, sexting gone mainstream. :eek:
Rating: 11 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
Facebook is bloated and dying. It's got 18 months left before its replaced by something clean and simple
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

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


You mean Google Plus
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
i dont get the point ... ?
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
This is great! I have so many Facebook friends that I've always wanted to poke. ;)


~JV
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
The hell...?
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
Really sad we lost a great Mac developer (Acrylic) to make...this.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
Why won't Facebook die already?
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
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."
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

Wow, sexting gone mainstream. :eek:


Just crazy isn't it...
Rating: 2 Votes

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