It’s About Time Facebook Removes the ‘Poke’ Feature
It's safe to say that for the most part, Facebook is a dumpster fire. Every now and then I'll come across some positive stories, or funny memes, but otherwise it's a black hole.
Between the division over politics and my high school peers I haven't spoken to since 2005 trying to sell me some product I clearly don't need, it's enough to make a person want to quit social media altogether. Do I look like I need eyelash extensions? No, now get out of here with that nonsense.
Among those examples, there's one more pet peeve that I am so over: the "poke" button.
For anyone who has been living under a rock since 2010, allow me to explain. To some people, it's just an innocent, friendly button to send to someone (ie: Jen has poked you). To me, it's a creepy way to get someone's attention. To make matters worse, if you poke them back, they just might keep returning it until you've gone mad with annoyance.
Well, just when I thought I was clear of that nagging little feature, I was "poked" by some random guy I've never met before. I thought nothing of the matter, but then 20 minutes later, I received another one. If you've ever wanted to know how to get yourself blocked real quickly, do what he did.
Of course I'm aware that there are more important things to worry about in the ever-changing world, but if I had a plea to Mark Zuckerberg himself, it would be to remove the poke. It makes me uncomfortable and I know I'm not the only one. It's 2021, "poking" people on Facebook has had its run.