Facebook Announces Self Destructing Messages App

Posted on January 12, 2013 by Nikhil P Naik

The self destructing message app from Facebook is actually rebuilding of sort of an earlier feature when there were hardly a million users. That Facebook has more than a billion or so of registered users is another story, but the introduction of Poke App for iOS is noteworthy for the features it has in it. Facebook Poke is a very simple yet very dynamic app and what you will find so fascinating about it is that it will destroy the message as well the short video in less 10 seconds after it has been sent or viewed by the recipient. There will be absolutely no record of what was sent or seen.

Facebook Poke App

Poke is flexible in that you can use it for sending message, photos or even videos. When you open the app what you will see first is a set of icon at the bottom of the display. Messages cannot be any longer than 120 characters, and photos have to be snaps and cannot be one of those that you have already stored in the camera for use in the Facebook Poke app. When you send the message, the photo or a video ensures that it small enough and decides for how long it should show on the receivers’ display. You can choose between 1, 3, 5 or 10 seconds as you want it.

If you want you can see the sender’s identity, but not once the message or visual has disappeared. Some say that Facebook’s Poke is simply a copycat version of Snapshot that has been around for more than a year. Like the Snapshot, Facebook Poke too is an ad free service. Like in the case of Snapshot no one has any clue as to how Facebook will be making money out a service that handles about 50 million messages a day. It is very much evident that the service is much popular amongst young men and women than the older generation.

facebook poke app screenshot

Obviously the Facebook Poke and Snapshot is aimed at sending things in a lighter vein and is not intended to be kept for long. The only way messages, photos and videos can be retained for eternity is to save it first and then send. The only way receipients can save is to take a snap shot of the screen, which again will warn the sender though. However, some features have been included that you can use to ward off unwanted messages and videos of an adult nature and you can report matters to keep you safe from harassment.

What is however intriguing is that you don’t even need to have a Facebook account for sending or receiving messages, meaning that it is a standalone app. Standalone apps like these, some apprehend, can be used for sending explicit materials. Snapshot counters these concerns by saying that 80% of all messages are sent during daytime and should not be of cause for concern. But Snapshot won’t say how much of the material is adult oriented. Some people in the know of things believe that Facebook’s strategy in building a Snapshot like app is to rip uncomfortable competitors off their business, as is their normal strategy.

About the Author: Randy Collins likes writing articles related to Technology News, Gadget Reviews and How To. He also does guest posting for buycharter.com – a site that offers savings and current information on charter internet.

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About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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