Perhaps that "bizarre and socially clumsy" vibe gave the Poke its original de facto meaning—I "want to poke you...with my d*ck."
This seems to be the unanimous meaning for most Millennials.
"I would say, if I'm being blunt, that it had two uses, in its heyday," says Daniel Roberts, a writer at Fortune Magazine. "The first use was saying to someone, ‘I want to fuck you.’ The other use case was a completely innocent, purely platonic friend or even a family member saying, ‘Hey, I'm thinking of you,’ but I think anyone under forty was using the poke for the first case 80% of the time.”
UrbanDictionary certainly agrees: “When bitches want to have sex, they push the poke button on facebook to say they are dtf.”
But does the Poke still have this sexy connotation? Do most people know that it still exists, albeit buried under several menu layers?
“I think if someone [you know] pokes you now, it's as a nostalgic, sort of unspoken joke,” Daniel continued. “It's like a wink. It's also meta-commentary. Like, ‘Haha, look at this. Remember when we used to do this? Now, we're so much better.’ It would be like me setting up a Myspace page, today, for myself.”
That sentiment was also confirmed by our nameless ex-Facebook employee.