Facebook Terminates Poke and Camera Apps.
Facebook has recently removed their standalone Poke application, a clone to that of Snapchat, as well as its Camera application, from Apple’s iTunes application store.
A Facebook spokeswoman stated during Friday that the application had been removed much earlier in the day. Facebook didn’t publicize this move, as many Internet companies aren’t complete sure when they will pull the plug on products.
“Neither app has been updated in some time, and we’ve decided to officially end support by removing them from the app store,” a Facebook spokeswoman said.
This application never received a release for the Android.
Launched during 2012, Poke allowed users to send photos, “pokes” and other messages to their friends that would expire after a certain amount of time. it came without much planning out of one of Facebook’s “hackathon” coding events. Poke was viewed as a major rival for Snapchat, which was already out on the market. Similar to Poke, Snapchat sends photo or messages that are designed to “disappear” after a certain amount of time has passed.
Poke doesn’t seem to have gained any attention in a huge way. CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, spoke during an interview with BloomBerg Businessweek earlier within the year, referred to poke as more a of a joke then a serious application.
Facebook’s Camera application was designed for shooting, filtering and sharing photos. But during the same time as its launched Camera, Facebook purchased the popular Instagram service, which does largely the same things.
Some features of the discontinued application, such as the photo upload tool from Camera, have been integrated into Facebook’s iOS and Android application, the company stated.