Facebook has decided to make its decade-old feature ‘poke’ more interesting. The social media giant is currently working on a new set of ‘greetings’ to interact with friends on the social networking platform. Other than ‘Poke’, users will be able to send a wink, high-five, hug and an already existing ‘wave’ to each other.
The new features are under trial in select markets such as Britain, Thailand, Australia, Canada, Columbia, and France. The new set of greetings will mark the tenth anniversary of the poke, as per the Nation reported.
You can see the new options by just holding the ‘Hello’ button on your friend’s profile. On a desktop, a simple hover over the ‘Hello’ button will show the alternatives.
The new feature work in a similar way the ‘Reactions’ on a photo or status work. The ‘Hello’ feature was introduced back in June and has been placed at the top of people’s profiles. The new greetings also have an undo button for an accidental send.
Facebook has always been hazy about the purpose of the ‘poke’ feature. On its help page, Facebook just says, “People can poke their friends or friends of friends on Facebook. When you poke someone, they’ll get a notification.”
Back in 2007, Facebook acknowledged that ‘poke’ had no defined purpose at all. “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,” the company told The Guardian.
That said, Facebook already offers a “wave” feature for Messenger. The feature has generally used a replacement for “hello.”