New Delhi: Extending the already existing poke feature, Facebook has now introduced a standalone Poke app named "Facebook Poke" for iOS, which is touted to make it fun and easy to say hello to friends wherever you are. The app has been designed for sending self-destructing messages.
With this new free Poke app, iPhone users can poke or send a message, photo, or video to Facebook friends to share what they're up to in a lightweight way.
Each message expires after a specific time you've set, either 1, 3, 5 or 10 seconds, and cannot be retrieved by either party again. When time runs out, the message disappears from the app. Users can poke an individual friend or several at once.
"When you open the app, you can choose from a set of icons at the bottom of the screen to send a poke, type a 120-character message, open the camera to snap a picture (you cannot choose an existing photo from your camera roll, but you can add fun doodles or text on top of the picture you do take), or shoot a 10-second video. Decide how long you want the other person to see your message or photo (1, 3, 5 or 10 seconds), add a location if you like, then choose one or more of your Facebook friends from the list and hit send," reported CNN.
To see a message from a friend, users need to press and hold the message until it expires. But if users ever see something they are uncomfortable with, they can click the gear menu and report it.
"Users will only be informed of pokes in the Facebook mobile app - it won't appear on the web version," reported Mashable.
"The poke feature has been a part of Facebook since 2004. Now we're excited to share a new poke experience for mobile," said Facebook in a blog post.
It seems clear that Facebook has tried to ape Snapchat that allows users to send impermanent photo messages to one another. According to CNN, the Facebook Poke app is also ad-free for the time being.