Facebook’s “Poke” underline has never unequivocally left away, though now a amicable network is giving it a some-more distinguished chain – and is even deliberation expanding a set of infrequent nod options to embody others, like a wink, wave, high-five or hug.
Though Facebook had never unequivocally dropped a age-old feature, that serves as a discerning approach to get someone’s courtesy on a network, it has now given a Poke a rarely manifest spot.
At a tip of users’ profiles on mobile, a Poke symbol sits subsequent to a Message button, and right next your friend’s name and photo.
The Poke is one of Facebook’s oldest features. It existed during a time when a amicable network was still called Thefacebook, and there wasn’t as most to do on a site as there is today. The definition of a Poke was never defined, as Facebook motionless to leave it adult to interpretation.
“When we combined a poke, we suspicion it would be cold to have a underline though any specific purpose,” Facebook had explained in a past. “People appreciate a poke in many opposite ways, and we inspire we to come adult with your possess meanings.”
Of course, many people took a Poke to be a form of practical flirting while others saw it as some-more of a joke. Poke wars between friends ensued, as well.
Now it looks like Facebook wants to give a Poke another shot.
The new Poke button’s chain also creates it easier random Pokes to occur, when we were aiming for a Message symbol instead, or only browsing by a user’s profile.
For this reason, not everybody is anxious with a new button, it seems:
The new Facebook app creates it too easy to poke people. That was ostensible to be tough to get to so girls knew we were unequivocally meditative about them.
— Dave M (@dmm117) Dec 3, 2017
Okay, though Facebook has now finished it distant too easy to incidentally ‘poke’ someone. It’s right on a tip of their profile. we don’t need that highlight in my life.
— Er[no room during the]inn Victoria🎄✨ (@erinn_victoria) Dec 2, 2017
Did we know we can still “poke” people on Facebook? we didn’t. Until we ACCIDENTALLY POKED SOMEONE LAST NIGHT and they poked me back. 😑
— Alice Smith Avery (@alicees28) Dec 8, 2017
Because a underline is from an progressing epoch of Facebook history, a Poke is indeed rather puzzling to some users who don’t know what a underline does or because it’s there. Others, who do remember a Poke, insincere it had been private and has only now returned:
does anyone know what a “poke” symbol on facebook means? we only found out i had 288 pokes, some were from like 2012 though i poked all them behind so whatever.
— Hannah Evans (@hannah_cathryn_) Dec 8, 2017
This seems like a bad time for Facebook to move behind a “poke” feature.
— Loueyville (@loueyville) Dec 7, 2017
So Facebook brought behind a “poke” button
— Marisa Lee Martin (@MarisaLeeMartin) Dec 7, 2017
I THINK THEY HAVE POKE BACK ON FACEBOOK 🤯
— SMIIRK (@smiirkmusic) Dec 7, 2017
Why did Facebook move behind a poke!? 👉
— Stephanie (@peaseymarie) Dec 7, 2017
But a Poke had never been close off for good – it was only tucked divided in a navigation. Now, it’s arrange of unfit to miss.
Facebook isn’t finished with a Poke yet, either.
The association has been contrast a new array of greetings including hello, high-fiving, hugging, and winking, in further to a Poke, The Next Web recently discovered.
These also lay during a tip of users’ profiles for those who have been combined to a exam group, and seem as bright, colorful buttons. (It had tested a “hello” symbol progressing this year, as well.)
Above: a demo of a new Greetings underline on Facebook
The thought with Greetings is to offer Facebook users some-more ways to strech out to friends, over posting to their profiles, commenting and approach messaging. With these some-more lightweight interactions, we can uncover a crony you’re meditative about them with small bid on your part.
But Facebook will need to be clever with a launch of Pokes and Greetings. In a past, some women pronounced a Facebook Poke mostly felt like a creepy flirting tool, for example. If a new Greetings buttons or a new Poke symbol are accessible to anyone on Facebook to access, and not only a user’s friends, they could be abused as a approach to provoke someone online.
Not everybody has a exam of a Greetings buttons or a new Poke button, we understand. Facebook would not endorse if or when it would make these facilities publicly accessible to all.