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in Facebook - 22 Dec, 2012
by Tech Journalist - one comment
Facebook saving Marriages & Relationships, now men can flirt without being caught – Snapchat VS Poke

Are you one of those married men that flirt on Facebook, or those who flirt with girls you know even when you’re in a relationship?
We have good news for you, Facebook created a new poke app, this app allows users to send text, image or video message,
but this message will self destruct after a certain time (1-10 sec)  set by the user, the intention of Facebook is to let users contact friends from wherever they are and show them what they are doing, the friend has 1-10 sec to see the message once it is opened.

Facebook gives users the option to clear their inbox so any unread messages are instantly destroyed.
Facebook announcement:

With the Poke app, you can poke or send a message, photo, or video to Facebook friends to share what you’re up to in a lightweight way. You can poke an individual friend or several at once. Each message expires after a specific time you’ve set, either 1, 3, 5 or 10 seconds. When time runs out, the message disappears from the app.


The app is only on mobile, and is kind of independent from Facebook.com nothing you do in the app can be seen outside of it (no way to view Poke app messages on the web.)

The most important feature of Facebook Poke app are:

  • You can send Message, Poke, Photo or Video.
  • You can draw over image you want to send.
  • The Message will be visible for a limited time (1,3,5 or 10 seconds).
  • You can show where you are located at the moment the poke message is sent (Facebook location service integrated).
  • You will be alerted if the other person takes a screenshot of your message.
  • Text messages are limited to 120 character.
  • You use your Facebook account and you can use it with your Facebook friends only.
  • There will be a countdown clock for the message deletion.
  • The videos are limited to 10 seconds.
  • The App follows Facebook term of service.


What is this Facebook Poke app good for?

As mentioned before this will be a big hit amongst men that like to flirt, it will probably save a lot of relationships and marriages, let’s be honest how many of you guys have been asked by you girlfriends or wives about this or that women whom you exchanged Facebook messages with, with this App there will be no trace left, messages exchanged will simply disappear.

This App will also allow to send off the record information and secrets and tips you want to share but you don’t want it traced to you, like tips about  stocks, business information, proposals, anything that have a secret nature and that could only be transferred orally, now you can do it by text, pictures and videos.

The most common use of this application will be probably to showoff, picture of your naked date or other rated 18 amateurish materials and probably sexting.


The Future of the Facebook Poke:

This Application was created in approximately 2 weeks, so surely it was created for a bigger integration than being an independent mobile application, we suspect it will be sooner or later integrated in the Facebook chat system both mobile and web browser based, even with the standalone Facebook desktop messenger.



Another Application with the name Snapchat was released in September 2011, had identical purpose and functionality, have achieved a big reach, while associated often with “sexting”,  Some circulating information suggest that Facebook tried to acquire Snapchat and when they failed they developed a clone in just 2 weeks.

As we said before in the Yelp/ Nearby case the message big tech companies are sending is clear, don’t waste time and money investing in startups go buy Google / Facebook / Apple / Microsoft stocks instead!

















Poke for iOS download link

[Image Credit: Paul Sakuma/AP]