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New from Facebook, this ain’t your big brother’s Poke

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Facebook on Friday announced its newest mobile app with an old name — Poke.

Poking your friends, a feature that’s been on Facebook since most of us signed up (I currently have seven unanswered Pokes from years back), has had something of a rebirth in the most-recent iPhone app from the social giant.

Ever heard of SnapChat? Yeah, it’s kinda like that. You can send your friends a message, photo or video (the new poke) and they get the chance to view it once … and only for a few (up to 10) seconds. When the time runs out “the message disappears from the app,” read a release from Facebook.

One doesn’t have to have to most colorful imagination to come up with certain reasons why you might want to send your friends temporary messages. Just think of something you might want them to see, but not be able to show anyone else.

And that’s about all I have to say on that.

Right now, Poke is available in the Apple iTunes store for all you running iOS mobile devices. Enjoy, if you dare.

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