Have you ever been poked on Facebook and wondered exactly what it meant? Well, in this article, we will take a look at the meaning of a Facebook poke. It might just mean much more than you think.
Whenever I go on Facebook, I see a little portion of the screen saying that people have poked me. Facebook claims that a poke can be used "to say hello" to your friends. Thus, I see this poke feature on Facebook as a way that my friends are saying, "Hello, I am thinking about you and I miss you."
Thus, I think a poke feels pretty good.
After you receive a poke, you then have the option of poking back. This could be translated as a way of saying, "Thanks for thinking of me. I feel the same way."
However, this is just the surface meaning of a poke on Facebook, but if we dig deeper, we may find that a Facebook poke means much more.
Such was the case with my friend Bob.
Bob recently asked me, "Richard, what does a Facebook poke mean to you?"
I said, "It's an acknowledgment, a friend saying hello."
He claimed that sometimes it can mean much more and proceeded to tell me a story.
Long ago, Bob had been good friends with a girl named Alexandra. Alexandra and Bob often took their relationship passed the friendship level but it never changed into a full blown relationship. Thus, after some time, Alexandra met someone and ended up marrying this man and invited Bob to the wedding.
As it happens when people lead different lives, Bob and Alexandra stopped communicating with each other on a regular basis pretty quickly and then not at all. In fact, they went five years without really talking to one another at all.
And then, Bob received a Facebook poke from Alexandra out of the blue. After not communicating for five years, Alexandra suddenly initiated communication.
Bob wondered about this sudden Facebook poke. Was this just an acknowledgment or was there something more to the story?
Well, it turns out, after Bob checked Alexandra's Facebook profile, she was single again. Bob decided to poke her back and see where things led.
In the end, Bob and Alexandra began dating and now they have plans to marry each other.
Thus, while a Facebook poke is often just an acknowledgment, it can sometimes say a whole lot more!