The poking game: What does a poke mean on Facebook?

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The first time I got poked by a Facebook contact, I didn’t know what to think or do. Eventually, I responded with a poke and waited. But that was where the movie ended. No return poke. No message. Nothing.

The next time someone poked me, I responded with a message to say hi and to ask how he was doing. Again, I waited. But the movie ended there too. He didn’t poke back or respond to my message.

What does a poke mean on Facebook?

I have been poked twice this week alone. One has poked me twice in a row despite my responding with a message. In the other case, I poked back. Again, no further responses from him. I don’t know what to think.

When someone of the opposite gender pokes you, what does it mean? Does it mean he/she likes you or thinks you’re a knucklehead? I’ve had a few women poke me. I poked them back (and that just sounds so wrong). Nada. Am I supposed to toast them next? You know, tell them they’ve got beautiful eyes and the like?

what does a poke mean on facebook

I hear lots of others tell similar poke tales. Like me, they don’t get it either. I’m glad that it isn’t just me. One thing is for sure: there’s a lot of poking going on, for a feature that nobody seems to understand what it is for. Can someone please answer this simple question for me: What does a poke mean on Facebook?


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  1. I’ve had a few women poke me

    Hmmm. I hope Madam lacks the powers of jurisprudential misinterpretation.. common to most daughters of Eve?

    A Facebook poke is similar to me sending just a dot (.) In an obviously expressive email. It means, hi, remember me,

    And, as for a woman poking me? Why would one use the head to walk?. The woman should not do that to a man. its obscene!!

  2. What does it mean when you get 54 pokes in a row from the same person who happens to be an old girlfriend?

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