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I have a Facebook friend who keeps on poking me. I usually poke back to be polite. However, I don't understand what it's for.

Other than a small notification, what does poking somebody on Facebook do? What is it for?

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It's main use is just to get attention - a reminder that you know them on Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg once said during a Facebook webinar:

When we created the poke, we thought it would be cool to have a feature without any specific purpose. People interpret the poke in many different ways, and we encourage you to come up with your own meanings.


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I use the poke as a way of saying "hi" to someone without having to necessarily get into a conversation... It can also be a way of saying "Hey, been thinking of you" or "What's up?"

It can also be a unique way to have fun on Facebook, like having "poke wars".

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