What is Poke?
Poke is a feature on the social networking site Facebook which a user can use for the intention of getting another Facebook user’s attention. In real life, to poke is to usually get somebody’s attention by using a pointed finger or any pointy object. In facebook, the poke button is located under the profile photo of the person’s Facebook profile page. For instance, if the user’s name is John, it appears as ‘Poke John’.
When somebody pokes you, on the other hand, you get a notification on your home page in Facebook. If John has decided to poke you, it appears under ‘pokes’ below ‘requests’ on the right hand side of the home page, and the notification will show a side view of a hand doing a poking action. The poke will indicate ‘John’ if John poked you, with the option to ‘poke back’ indicated beside the name.
Poke is similar in nature to the ‘nudge’ feature of MSN Messenger or the ‘Buzz’ feature of Yahoo Messenger, but more subdued. According to Facebook, the origin of poke was explained as follows: ‘When we created the poke, we thought it would be cool to have a feature without any specific purpose. People interpret the poke in many different ways, and we encourage you to come up with your own meanings’.
There have been reported instances where people have received pokes from people who claim to have actually not made a poke.
What is Poke?