How to Poke Someone on Facebook?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Poke Someone on Facebook?

Did you want to poke someone on Facebook, but you didn’t know how?

You’re in the right place because, in this guide, we’ll show you how to poke anyone on Facebook.

The feature is pretty old, but it wasn’t removed. Poking had become a tradition back in the days of Facebook’s infancy.

Now, the feature is still around, waiting to be used.

When you poke a user, Facebook will notify them on the platform and their email.

It’s like saying, “Hey, are you still live?”

How to poke someone on Facebook?

In order to poke someone on Facebook, you need to open the Facebook app, use the search function to look for “Poke,” and then select one of your friends to poke them.

Follow these steps to poke someone on Facebook:

  1. Open Facebook, tap on the search button
  2. Search for “Pokes”
  3. Search for your friend and poke them
  4. Wait for them to receive a notification
  5. Open the “Poke back” notification

Keep reading to find out how you can poke someone on Facebook!

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How to Poke Someone on Facebook?

What Does Poking Do on Facebook?

As far as we know, poking is unique to Facebook. The feature was one of the earliest Facebook features when the app appeared.

If you wanted to talk to someone you haven’t talked to in a long time, what better way to do it than by poking them?

Poking can signify friendship, love, and a subtle joke between friends.

There’s also no limit to poking, meaning the other person can poke you back, then poke back, and so on.

Poking on Facebook is a very popular feature even today, 18 years after it was initially launched.

How Can You Poke Someone on Facebook?

Contrary to popular belief, you can’t poke someone in Messenger, so it’s not like a message.

Instead, you need to open the Facebook app, use the search function to look for “Poke,” and then select one of your friends to poke.

They’ll receive a notification from Facebook that you poked them. Then, they can choose to poke you back.

If they poke you back, you’ll receive a notification about this.

Follow the steps below to poke someone on Facebook:

  • Open Facebook, tap on the search button
Open Facebook tap on the search button
Open Facebook, tap on the search button

When you open Facebook, you’ll land on your Feed.

This is where you’ll see the latest updates from your friends or the following pages.

You need to search for the Pokes feature to poke a friend on Facebook.

Use the “Search” icon (magnifying glass) in the upper-right corner.

Tap on it to open the search engine.

  • Search for “Pokes”
Search for “Pokes”
Search for “Pokes”

Using the search engine, search for “Pokes.”

You’ll get different results, most of which are Facebook pages with the “Pokes” name.

However, the first result you should get is the “Pokes” Facebook feature.

It has an icon resembling the Facebook “Like” button, only that it shows a finger pointing to the right.

Tap on “Pokes” to open the feature and poke one of your friends.

You can do this on a browser or through the Facebook app on your mobile phone. It’s all the same.

  • Search for your friend and poke them
Search for your friend and poke them
Search for your friend and poke them

When you’re on the “Pokes” page, you’ll see a list of recommended friends you can poke.

Facebook recommends those friends you haven’t talked to in a long time.

However, if you want to poke someone else, use the search box to look for them.

Once you find them, you’ll see a blue “Poke” button next to their name.

Tap on it to poke them on Facebook!

  • Wait for them to receive a notification
Wait for them to receive a notification
Wait for them to receive a notification

Your friend will receive a Push notification from Facebook that you poked them.

If they open the notification, Facebook will let them know you poked them just now.

It’ll show your name there. Also, they’ll have an option to poke you back.

If they tap on “Poke Back,” you’ll receive a Push notification that they poked you back.

Open the notification and look at the notification!

  • Open the “Poke back” notification
Open the “Poke back” notification
Open the “Poke back” notification

If you open the Push notification, you’ll see that your friend poked you.

You can keep doing this for as much as you like, essentially.

Until one of you doesn’t poke back, at least. That’s when the poking chain stops.

Remember that you won’t receive a “poke” message on Messenger.

The Poke feature is not a message but a notification-based feature.

You’ll even receive a notification from Facebook on your email address.

Facebook notification
Facebook notification

You can click on “View on Facebook” to see the same notification above and choose to poke your friend back.

If your friend ignores your poke and instead sends you a message, you can’t poke them again or poke them back.

Only if they reply with a poke can you continue the poking game.

Conclusion

Poking is a great icebreaker if you haven’t talked to someone in a long time.

It’s a playful and humorous way of getting a conversation started.

However, it wasn’t always like this. Back in the day, poking had a bad reputation for creepy behavior.

It was something that many stalkers did when contacting strangers.

A poke could only be a greeting, love confession, or prank. You never know, and that’s what makes it special.

To poke someone on Facebook, go to Search – Pokes – Poke your friend.

If they poke you back, you can poke them again!

FAQ

When did Facebook stop poking?

Back in the day, you couldn’t mention Facebook without talking about poking.

It was the hot new feature that everyone was using.

It was a sign of greeting, love, flirtation, or simply a way to start a conversation.

Even between strangers, poking was a widely-used feature.

However, as the years went by, Facebook decided to implement new features, and poking lost its popularity.

It started in 2011 when Facebook brought some changes to the News Feed and the story feature.

The Poking feature lost its popularity more and more as Facebook brought fresh features that caught the public’s attention.

Eventually, Poking became a niche feature that not many remember exists.

Even now, Poking can only be found through the search box if you are actively looking for it.

Otherwise, it’s not an active feature you can use whenever you want, at least not on Messenger.

Still, you can surprise your friend or partner with a friendly poke on Facebook from time to time!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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