Facebook introduces Poke app for iOS users
| by Anuradha Shetty |
Remember the 'Poke' feature on Facebook that you may have used to virtually 'poke' your friends? Yesterday, Facebook introduced the Poke app for its mobile audience. In a post in its Newsroom section, Facebook shared that the Poke app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users makes for a fun and easy way for a user to say hello to his/her friends, wherever they are.
The new Poke app allows users to poke or send a message, photo or video to their Facebook friends to share their moments with them. Users can either poke an individual friend or multiple friends at once. Importantly, each message stays only for a specific period of time that a user has set, after which it'll expire. So users can either set it for 1, 3, 5 or 10 seconds and once the time is up, the message will disappear from the app. To view a message from a friend, all that users have to do is press and hold the message until it expires.
'Poke' app comes up for iOS users
The app is now available for download on the App Store. Users can tell their friends where they are, when they poke. They can also see when their friends take screenshots. The Poke app is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. To be able to use the app, users would require devices running iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimised for iPhone 5.
Yesterday, reports suggested that Facebook may be tweaking its Timeline design some more. At least, that's what guys at ABC News had to say. Facebook reportedly rolled out a new Timeline design for one of ABC News’ producers on Wednesday, leading them to believe that the social networking giant may have given them 'a peek at the future of Timeline'. From what they know, Facebook is seemingly experimenting with new ways of laying out user pages. Interestingly, Facebook confirmed this with the site: “This is a new design Facebook is testing with a small percentage of people to make navigating timeline even easier."
Going by what they saw, ABC News shared that the new look includes Tabs, meaning there is no place for the "friends" and "photos" thumbnails. The redesigned timeline also means that a user's name will move into the cover photo! The text will show up in white. Not sure how many users would like that one. Interestingly, those looking for a user's “About" details (in the new design) wil be able to do so by staying on the same page that they are looking. They can scroll down, below the "about" details and they will be able to see a "friends" list. Moving further, they will even be able to view the photos, too. In the new design, users will be able to view the precise number of followers. So suppose, a user has 180,023 subscribers, then that would be shown as 180k. Also, the word "subscribers" has been replaced with "followers".
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