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To Poke or Not to Poke: That is the Facebook Question

Updated on April 9, 2015
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Facebook is a great place to stay connected with friends and family all over the world. It allows you to look up long-lost friends and family members, share pictures, videos, stories and links. There are several interesting features on Facebook that offer options to go about communicating with your new Facebook family! For starters, there is the comment box, where everyone can write comments, paste links, and upload photos. This is so convenient! You can tell everyone when it’s time to take your medications, or take your next bathroom break. Heck, I've even seen people say how bored they are…someone PLEASE talk to me...I’m so bored and lonely…Do you want to know what I did today? I can tell you all about it.

In my opinion, the most unique feature on Facebook is the “Poke." You can poke someone to get their attention, kind of like if you came upon an animal lying on the side of the road, you’d poke it with a stick to find out if it’s alive, right? The same now applies to Facebook friends and family! If you feel like you are being ignored, just poke them! That will show them to ignore your questions and comments!

You can also poke someone to make fun of them; this brings poking fun at individuals to a whole new level. You can poke each other back and forth all day long if you really want to; no words needed! If you are poking fun at someone on Facebook, ‘nuff said.

I suppose you could poke someone to make sure they are who you think they are, before you send them the ever-exciting Facebook friend request. That way you can avoid any humiliation if it turns out to be a complete stranger.

With all this poking; however, there comes a price. Recently, an acquaintance of mine was told by a Facebook moderator that he was poking people too much. Really, how can this be? So does it mean someone complained, and if so, why? What’s the harm in poking someone? It’s not like you're leaving bruises or black eyes or something… Besides, who has time to poke someone all day long anyway? How much fun can it be to poke the same person over and over, every day, day in and day out? It's not like one can poke oneself (at least not on Facebook...); how much fun would that be? Is this what it takes to get the proverbial slap on the wrist and told you poke your friends too much? Gee, what is this world coming to?

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      UrSistah 5 years ago

      Rushed right out to poke you! Found I didn't know how ... lol. How funny is that? I had to google . . . Now, knowing that you actually have to take the effort of finding the feature, I find the article even more amusing. Another nice piece of "random thinking", Sistah. I love the way your mind works.

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I am sorry to hear someone is stealing your and others' work. I am thankful for a community that sees things like this and notes it! I shared your link on FB as I too thought it was funny, whether your friend was pulling your leg or not! :) It is a funny thought to think someone is really paying that much attention!!

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      smarter4ever 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Dear Eyes StraightAhead thank you for reading this. I actually have a Facebook account and I really like it. I'm not on it all the time, but I find it is a nice way to catch up with friends and family. I don't mind the poking feature, but this acquaintance of mine did tell everyone he was told he was poking people too much. Regardless of whether or not he was pulling my leg, I found it quite amusing, and immediately wanted to write a hub about it.

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      smarter4ever 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you hecate-horus!

      Uninvited Writer: THANK YOU for bringing this to my attention. I really appreciate it!

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      hecate-horus 5 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Looks like they took down the story. Sad that people have to steal...sorry that happened to you! BTW, good article. :)

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      marriedwithdebt 5 years ago from Illinois

      He is stealing others' work too - http://socyberty.com/issues/the-child-molester-196...

      Authors need to file DMCA takedown notices

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      smarter4ever 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I left a message with my attorney to call me back. This is ridiculous. So, if this is a fellow hubber sharing and copying this information it would be good to know. Have any of you heard of this site or person before.

      http://webupon.com/social-networks/to-poke-or-not-...

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      smarter4ever 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Uninvited Writer - That is the same article I wrote so this guy stole my work. I'm not happy about this! Where do I begin?

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      Susan Keeping 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I had to share this with friends. It is so true about what we can learn about one another. Poking doesn't bother me...I look at it as a way of saying hello to someone when I don't have words to say...like when you poke someone as you walk by at church or wave in the supermarket...I guess that is just me though. A gentle poke never hurt anyone! I have two friends with whom we poke each other quite a bit - not back and forth all day but at least a few times a week in between conversations - and we have never been sent to detention or the corner. Your friend may have been pulling your leg or may have poked someone who didn't find it to be a useful feature.

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      marriedwithdebt 5 years ago from Illinois

      This is another reason why I hate Facebook. No adult should be poking anyone, literally or figuratively.