The poke feature may be a bit beneath him, and we somehow doubt that he will embrace stickers, but theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking managed to accumulate more than 923,000 likes on his Facebook page since its Oct. 7 launch, and his debut post emerged Friday.
Facebook has made its focus on producing stand-alone applications more than clear in recent weeks, but two of its pre-Facebook Creative Labs efforts, Poke and Camera, are now history, as the social network has removed them from the iTunes App Store.
No, Facebook drones will not be swooping down from the sky to deliver up-close-and-personal pokes, but according to a report by TechCrunch, the social network is in talks to acquire near-orbital, solar-powered drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace for $60 million, with the aim of using the drones to help bring Internet access to parts of the world currently lacking, starting with Africa, as part of its Internet.org initiative.
An ill-advised poke didn’t quite land Houston resident Justin Pressler in the pokey, but it did put him in hot water with a judge in Brazos County, Texas.
Facebook users tapping the social network to get, well, really social will likely be heartened by news that Bang with Friends released applications for the iOS and Android platforms, while a more subtle Facebook app, YouShouldTotallyMeet, is aimed at bringing the matchmaking process to users’ networks of friends.
Never mind upgrading its mobile applications and offering advertisers more options: An intern at Facebook found the pot of gold at the end of the revenue rainbow for the social network: real-time pokes.
For Facebook users who find the concept of poking to be an annoyance: Can you imagine being physically poked each time one of your friends used the feature?