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Facebook has extended its popular poke feature to a standalone app known as ‘Facebook Poke' meant for iOS users. The new app is intended to provide a fun and easy way to stay connected with friends and family on the go. This app allows users to poke or send messages, photos and videos to Facebook friends. The highlight of the feature is that the messages sent are short-lived. They self-destruct after a point of time.
Users can set the time of life of each message as 1 second, 3 seconds, 5 seconds or 10 seconds. After this set time neither party can view the message again. The message disappears altogether from the app. The app allows users to poke a single friend or a group of friends all at once.
There is a set of icons seen at the bottom of the page when you open the app. These icons can be accessed to poke, message, click a picture, or shoot video. The app does not allow users to send already existing photos in your album.
However, you have the liberty of adding fun doodles and text on the clicked picture. You can set the time of existence you want for the message or photo, add location and hit send to one or more friends.
In order to view a message that a friend has send via the app, the user has to press and hold the content until the message expires. The gear menu can always be pressed if users are confronted with uncomfortable content.
The users will not be notified about pokes in the web version, but will be informed in the Facebook mobile app. The Facebook Poke app is ad-free for now.
Download Facebook Poke app for iOS from iTunes Store.