Facebook’s Poke allows users to chat with friends in a new and different way where the message (Poke) times out after a few seconds. These self destruct messages can only be received from within the Poke app itself.
Although the Poke feature itself has been around since Facebook launched i.e. 2004. According to Blog post that flashed this news says that “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.”
Now why do we say that this app resembles Snapchat, you may have guessed, its because of the message time out feature. Snapchat was launched back in 2011 and allowed users to send photo, video, text, or even hand-drawn messages to friends that lasted for only a few seconds.
With Snapchat, users set a time limit for how long the recipient can view the message, up to 10 seconds, before it’s wiped from the app.
Facebook’s app functions much of the same way as Snapchat. Users can “poke” one friend in particular, or send the message to multiple people. Users can specify their location when sending a message, and see when a recipient takes a screenshot. After receiving a poke, users simply press and hold the person’s name to view the message.
At this point, the app is only available for iOS devices. Those with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can download Poke for free from the App Store.