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The 21 Types Of Facebook Pokes

The Poke comeback is real, and you need to believe it.

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The Poke War

When to stop: Never, unless you're a wimp who is willing to flinch first. The beauty of the Facebook poke is that it's instantaneous. You don't need to refresh the page; it's like instant messaging, so you can engage in a poke war where you're constantly clicking the "Poke Back" button until one of you throws in the towel.

13. The Never-Saw-It-Coming Poke

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Who to do it do: Someone you haven't talked to in three years. Trust me, they'll love it. Everyone loves a poke. JK they will think you're a massive creep.

14. The Nostalgia Poke


Why you do it: Remember when we were all so young and we'd just poke each other on Facebook? Remember those days? We were so innocent. I hope you had the poke of your life.

15. The Jealousy Trap Poke


Who to do it to: Your friend's boyfriend or girlfriend who you can't really relate to when you get drinks, but you want to show your friend you're "making an effort" to be friendly. Just be sure your friend KNOWS about this.

19. The Existential Crisis Poke

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Why you do it: Who knows. Why are we even here on this planet. What even IS this stupid website with its stupid poking. What even is a "friend"?

20. The Time Traveler From 2006 Poke


Why you do it: You've just gone through a space-time wormhole from 2006 and the poke is still very cool. You are very confused about why all your friends look older and are holding babies in their profile photos.

Katie Notopoulos is a senior editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Notopoulos writes about tech and internet culture is cohost of the Internet Explorer podcast.

Contact Katie Notopoulos at katie@buzzfeed.com.

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