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What is Poke in Facebook?

Updated on November 9, 2013

The Poke option is hardly even noticed

Most Facebook users don't even realize that there is a Poke option. Many don't know why it is even there. In this short guide,you will learn about the Poke option and how best to make the most of it.

The Poke option is one of the least used options on Facebook. It is not without its use though. The image is an overhead perspective of the Poke icon. Read on for more information.
The Poke option is one of the least used options on Facebook. It is not without its use though. The image is an overhead perspective of the Poke icon. Read on for more information. | Source

Where you see the Poke option and how to use it

When you visit anyone's profile on Facebook, at the lower right corner of their cover picture is the 'Message' button. Right next to it is a * sign with an inverted triangle next to it. When you click the inverted triangle, a drop-down list appears. One of the options on the list is the 'Poke' option. Click it to Poke the person.

What does it mean to Poke someone?

In the simplest language possible, to Poke someone means to ask them "Wassup?"

You Poke someone from whom you haven't heard in a while. You Poke that person to let him/her know that you probably miss him/her and want to be in touch again.

You could Poke someone as a reminder that you both are due to do something, like play a prank on someone for instance.

You could Poke someone as a practical joke.

You could Poke someone merely to piss them off.

Finally, you could Poke a stranger as an expression of interest in him/her. If he/she Pokes you back, it probably means that he/she in interested in you as well, and you both could take things further from there.

Reasons to Poke someone

To ask, "Wassup?"
To let the person know he/she is missed
To remind the person that you both have something to do
To express interes in him/her
To piss off the person
To play a practical joke on him/her
Among its many uses, the Poke button can be used to piss someone off.
Among its many uses, the Poke button can be used to piss someone off. | Source

What does the person I Poke see?

When you Poke someone, he/she will see the Poke icon and your name on his/her homepage when you are logged in. He/she may even receive a notification or an email message to the ID registered for Facebook updates, based on his/her settings.

How do I respond to a Poke?

You could either choose to respond to a Poke or ignore it altogether.

You could respond to a Poke by either poking back, or messaging the person who poked you.

The way to Poke someone back is to navigate to your homepage, where on the top right hand side you will see the name of the person who poked you along with Poke icon. Next to the Poke notification, you will also see a 'Poke back' option. Just click it. You have successfully poked the person back and he/she will know.

Something cool you can do with the Poke button

Facebook has tightened its privacy rules over the years. It isn't easy now to send friend requests to strangers without the risk of being penalized. That's where the Poke option becomes really useful.

If you are interested in connecting with a stranger, or just seeing his/her profile, you could Poke him/her. If he/she pokes you back, you will be able to access his/her profile for 3 days even without being his/her friend. In this time you could decide if you still want to send a friend request to this person.

Use the Poke option to express interest in strangers. For all you know, they may respond.
Use the Poke option to express interest in strangers. For all you know, they may respond. | Source

A video that's a little old, but explains how to Poke clearly enough

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Do you ever use the Poke button on Facebook?

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Feedback is Gold

Do you know any interesting way in which the Poke option can be used? Comment below and let others know! And do let me know if you find this article to be useful. I meant it to be a simple guide to something I've only really thought about recently, even though I've been on Facebook for a fairly long time and have a lot of friends. If you found it easy to understand, I've been successful.


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    • rohanfelix profile imageAUTHOR

      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Kamelesh, glad you found the article useful!

    • Kamalesh050 profile image


      5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      You have taught me something I didn't know! Thank you. I find the article very interesting and useful.

      Best Wishes, Kamalesh

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I use the poke button all the time. It is like when you walk up behind a person and you want to get their attention and you touch them on the arm or shoulder. It is like saying hey, I am happy to see you, I missed you.

      Thank you for the follow.

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I have not used the poke button before because I didn't really know its purpose. Thanks for the education on this feature.

    • Jeannieinabottle profile image

      Jeannie Marie 

      5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      You are so right about this. No one uses the poke option anymore. I remember when I first joined Facebook, people used to poke each other since there were barely any other fun options on the site. Now, no one even remembers it is there. Voted up!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      Now I don't feel so bad that my friends don't poke me. They probably don't know how to use it or what it is. I knew what it was but had absolutely no clue on how you do that. Thanks for the info. Easy to understand with your explanation.

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for clearing up what poke on FB means. I have received a few pokes, but didn't know what was going on. Social media can really get complicated. Thanks for your help. Voted useful.


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