This morning, I received an update from Facebook that included hundreds of pokes.  I usually ignore them, but then I wanted to investigate exactly what was going on. What is a poke, anyway? Since I never poked anyone, I wondered if this was a greeting ritual or method of flirting with someone using social media.

This is what I found out:  anyone who sees you on Facebook can poke you and everyone has a pokes page.  That’s right, a pokes page.

According to Facebook:

“When you poke someone, they’ll get a notification and will then be able to poke you back.

Keep in mind only the person you poke can see that you’ve poked them. If you don’t want people poking you, you can block them. If you’d like to see all your pokes, visit your pokes page.

Once you remove a poke from your pokes page you can’t get it back, but you’re able to poke your friend again. Keep in mind you can’t be poked by the same person unless you poke them back or remove their poke first.”

Most of my pokes were from men I did not personally know and I did not poke anyone back.  I even had some pokes from women! There are even suggested pokes on your pokes page.  Some people might find it interesting, and even cute, to poke others and get poked.

Generally, I find it kind of strange to be poked by someone on Facebook, just as I would find it strange to be poked by someone in real life.  It would get my attention, but not in an entirely positive way.  To  me, there are so many more gracious ways to show someone that you are interested. This is a personal choice.

Do you like being poked?

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