Today, as you may have surmised from the title of this post, I discovered the worst feature on Facebook.
Obviously, there was no shortage of candidates: automatic email adjustments, Beacon, Facebook Birthdays, Fake Facebook Birthdays, pokes, spam, and Sponsored Stories – to name the few that come most quickly to mind in alphabetical order.
No, this one is worse than all of those. Behold, Poke Suggestions:
Yes, Poke Suggestions.
In case you didn’t know that you have friends – and that you can poke them – Facebook helpfully provides a list of five friends at a time you maybe should be interested in poking. I refreshed a few times to get a sense of who Facebook thinks I should poke, and learned that Mark Zuckerberg was simply trying to communicate the helpful advice that the people I should be poking is girls.
To be fair, I do often find myself surprised to discover that poking still exists. That said, I think it’s safe to assume that anyone who successfully navigated to the ‘Pokes’ page would not be caught similarly unawares.
Finally, apologies if this is old news. I don’t usually spend time in the Pokes section.