Previously we discussed Snapchat and the new phenomenon of “self-destructing” photos — shots you can send for real-time visual communication without worrying they’ll be around forever to embarrass you — and predicted Facebook would soon offer its own version.
That happened almost instantaneously, as the leading social service introduced its Poke for Mobile app.
The iPhone app “makes it fun and easy to say hello to friends wherever you are,” the company says. The poke feature has been a part of Facebook since 2004. “Now we’re excited to share a new poke experience for mobile. With the Poke app, you can poke or send a message, photo, or video to Facebook friends to share what you’re up to in a lightweight way. You can poke an individual friend or several at once. Each message expires after a specific time you’ve set, either 1, 3, 5 or 10 seconds. When time runs out, the message disappears from the app.”
As we noted last week, “sexting” is a concern with these instant images. Facebook notes that “”If you ever see something you’re uncomfortable with, you can click the gear menu and report it.”