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What does "poke" mean on Facebook?

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A poke on Facebook is the equivalent of tapping someone on the shoulder to say hi. It is a way to let other people know that you are thinking of them without going through all the trouble of sending private messages or posting publicly to their online wall.

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What does "poke" mean on Facebook?
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To poke someone, a Facebook user must select him and go to his homepage. Once on the person's homepage, the user finds the Poke option in the drop-down menu to the right of the Message button. The Poke option is a quirky, fun method that allows people to stay in touch with each other on the social networking site.

If someone pokes a user, it opens up their Facebook profile to be seen by that person for 4 days. The recipient of the poke will receive a notification allowing them to see the person who poked them. No one else will know if one of their friends has been poked.

A person cannot be poked again by the same person unless the poke is removed, or if the user pokes back the friend who poked him first.

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