Facebook has just released Poke, a new application for iOS that is meant to compete with the recently famous SnapChat. This application allows users to communicate by way of temporary photos and videos. Facebook Poke users can quickly edit their photos in the app by adding cheesy text and drawings to the photos before sending. People sending these photos can choose how long their photos are displayed on their friends’ devices and will be notified if a recipient takes a screenshot of the sent photo. Users can also send text messages using Facebook Poke, which are also displayed temporarily.
I’m going to say what’s on all of your minds: “This app is only useful for sexting!” I’m not sure why someone would want to communicate with others by sending temporary photos and videos and then be told when someone takes a screenshot. Even though this may seem a bit too pervy for the average Facebook user, the format of the application seems to be working for competitor SnapChat, which currently holds the number 8 spot on the iTunes Free Apps leader board and has been in the top 10 for quite some time.
If you feel the need to download Facebook Poke, it’s free in the App Store.