Facebook is the god of all social media, at least for the time being. If you were on Facebook during the poke era, circa 2007 to 2011, you probably enjoyed getting a lot of pokes from your friends.
With that, ten years later, the question that you may have is whether or not you can still poke someone on Facebook. If you have not been on Facebook for that long, you may be surprised to see a poke come out of your notifications.
Let us look at some previously asked questions that you may have about what poke means on Facebook at this time.
Facebook Poke Day
In an article by Business Insider, they shared screenshots of some of the random questions that people have about Poking and Facebook.
What does poke mean on Facebook?
When you ask Facebook itself, they will tell you that poking means that someone wants your attention. In a question posed six years ago on Facebook community, this question was answered:
Of course, this is the generic answer that Facebook gives when asked about the origins of the poke. However, there are different meanings that have been associated by many social analysts as to what the simple poke means. In this next section, we will be looking at what it means to poke someone on Facebook.
What does it mean to poke someone on Facebook?
Someone poked you on Facebook, and you do not know what it means. You will not find a lot of information about the reasons behind a poke but we can always speculate,
To help break the ice
If you have a new Facebook friend and you want to break the ice with them, poking them on Facebook is a good way to do it. If you have not talked to someone in a long time and you want to reconnect, but do not know how to, poking them on Facebook might be a good idea.
A simple poke would break the ice without having to worry too much about words or starting the conversation. If the person pokes back, you will feel that the ice is broken and things would be better in terms of the conversation.
To start flirting
According to the Daily Dot, a poke is a means to start flirting. They stated that: “A Poke is arguably an outdated flirting method. Sliding into DMs, or direct messages, is the new way to get someone’s attention on social media.”
Arguably, when you are Facebook friends with someone that you like or you think you will hit it off with, you will definitely want to use the poke. It is a clean and easy way to contact someone without any words.
To start a conversation
A poke is a good way to start a conversation with potential clients, old friends, and acquaintances. When you poke someone on Facebook, it means you are looking to start a conversation with that person.
Just for fun
Friends would usually poke each other on Facebook just for the heck of it. There is nothing wrong with that and it is often greeted with joy and fun. If you are close with someone and you want to make them feel loved or just to bother them, you should use that poke button.
To annoy someone
Can you still poke on Facebook?
Yes, you can still poke someone on Facebook. Even if the feature is not as easily accessible as it was a few years ago, you can still use it.
How do you poke someone on Facebook?
To poke someone on Facebook, there is a labyrinth of things that one has to go to, unlike before when the button was just proudly on the homepage.
Today, you can poke someone on Facebook in a number of ways. The ways will be discussed below.
Go to Pokes Pages
This is one of the answers that we found on Facebook Help Center. In verbatim, “To see and send pokes, visit your pokes page.” The specific pokes pages for your Facebook account is located on this link: https://www.facebook.com/pokes
Once you are on the link, you will find a list of your Facebook friends that you may want to poke.
If you are ready, you just need to click on the poke button beside your friend’s name.
Search for the Pokes
Another way that you can check the pokes is to search for the pokes that you have. This is another way of utilizing the search bar to search for the pokes option. The process will also bring you to the same page.
Step 1: Use the search bar to search for the pokes.
Step 2: Use the search bar to search for the pokes.
Step 3: Start poking your friends.
What kind of notification will my friend receive?
Once you send out a poke, your Facebook friend will be notified. If they are on the Facebook application, the notification will look like this one:
You may then proceed with your poking spree with your friend or add poke other friends so they can join in the fun!
When is it not proper to poke someone?
There is still some social etiquette that one is required to follow on social media and one of these is when it is not proper to poke someone on Facebook.
- If you do not personally know the person, poking is not going to break the ice.
- If you have not received a poke back, better not click on that poke again.
- If the person you want to take to is not techy, a poke is not a good idea.
In an article published by Today discussing the U.K.-based etiquette authority Debrett’s theory on social network etiquette, it was stated that poking someone depends primarily on a number of considerations – your level of closeness, the person’s personality, and the overall time frame of the individual’s personality.
Poking someone on Facebook is no longer popular but it is still possible. If you are looking to start a conversation, you can always do so with a simple poke. You just have to be careful about how your poke is perceived, especially by that on the receiving end.