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Facebook’s Poke App Becomes Most Popular Free iOS App

Facebook Poke AppFacebook on Friday released a Snapchat-like app called Poke, which allows users to send private messages that expire after 1, 3, 5 or 10 seconds. Less than 24 hours later, it is already the number one most downloaded app on Apple’s marketplace, less than 24 hours after it became available. While we don’t necessarily expect Poke to remain as number one, it’s clear that the Facebook effect is still going strong. Facebook doesn’t even have to release a particularly exciting or unique app: Snapchat clearly already exists. The fact is a critical mass will download and try it simply because it comes from the social network. Poke has received a 3.5/5 star rating on the US App Store from 241 ratings, which isn’t as great as Google Maps, but then again it was built in just 12 days.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.