December 10, 2010

Facebook Increases Likelihood of Accidental "Poke"

PALO ALTO, CA - (@TheComedyNews) - This week, the world's largest social network, Facebook, got a layout makeover. One of the more notable new features is a "Poke" button placed prominently in the upper right corner of the page.

"We at Facebook want to increase the likelihood of awkwardness by our users. In recent years, the 'Poke' has declined in popularity," one aloof Facebook employee stated. "But now, the Poke button is much bigger, and placed on our page much closer to useful buttons such as 'Profile' and 'Send Message'. There have already been thousands of reports of accidental Pokes by users snooping their friends' profiles."

Once the Poke button is clicked, a prompt pops up on the screen asking the user if they actually want to poke the other profile. Whether the poke is confirmed or not, there is an instant increase in nervousness in the misclicking user. Most of these users complain that if an accidental "Poke" is sent from them to a user who's profile they are snooping, they risk sharing actual, tangible feelings with their Facebook friends.

The official definition of a Facebook Poke is a feature that "can be used for a variety of things on Facebook. For instance, you can poke your friends to say hello. When you poke someone, they will receive a poke alert on their home page." Most Facebook users who utilize the Poke frequently note that they are poking for two main reasons: obnoxiously taunting, or passively courting.