Facebook Poke
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We just found out that you can still “poke” people on Facebook, and as silly as it is, we thought we would share the secret of how to do it with you.


Johannesburg, South Africa (10 March 2023) – I just got “poked” on Facebook… and at first, I wondered if I had time travelled to 2009 but then thought about the whole “poking” phenomenon and how it had seemingly disappeared.

With a bit of research, I discovered that “poking” is still around but has just become less prominent.

Poking on Facebook is (was) a feature that allowed one user to get the attention of another user. When you poke someone, it sends a notification to that person, letting them know that they have been poked. However, the notification does not provide any additional information about why the user was poked.

Initially, the poking feature on Facebook was a way for users to greet each other or to show that they were thinking of someone. However, the feature became less popular over time, and many users are unsure of its purpose.

One reason for its decline in popularity is that Facebook introduced new features that have taken over the function of poking. For example, users can now use reactions or send messages to get someone’s attention. Additionally, Facebook has evolved from its original purpose as a social networking site to a platform for sharing news and information, making the poking feature less relevant. Another possible reason for the decline in the popularity of poking is that it was often misinterpreted or used inappropriately. Some users would poke others repeatedly, leading to annoyance or discomfort. Additionally, the meaning behind poking was never clearly defined, which led to confusion and uncertainty around its use.

But now that I’ve found it, I wanted to share it with all of you, and I think you’ll be quite surprised. I found hundreds of “pokes” that I didn’t even know existed on my “pokes” page.

You can click here to see yours (or send some annoying pokes to your friends and family).

Happy poking people!

Sources: Facebook 
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