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