Facebook camera (promo video, posting images 001)

The writing has been on the wall for quite some time now for Facebook’s ill-fated Poke and Camera apps.

Ever since releasing the revamped Messenger – and especially the beautiful Paper app – it’s been clear to me that the outdated Poke for iPhone and the meaningless Camera would be headed to the technology graveyard.

Starting today, Camera and Poke can no longer be downloaded from the App Store.

Facebook has discontinued these two programs because their functionality has long been folded into the firm’s main iOS client, as well as into Messenger and Paper…

Facebook Camera debuted in the App Store in May 2012.

After Facebook acquired Instagram, the world’s most popular mobile photo sharing service, Camera’s days were numbered. Originally conceived as a quick way to upload multiple high-resolution photos (2,048-by-2,048 pixels) on Facebook, Camera’s image filters and functionality were soon after supplanted by the main Facebook client.

Facebook camera

A few updates later, Facebook stopped refreshing Camera at version 1.2.1.

As for Poke (below), it was Facebook’s answer to ephemeral messaging software where users exchange photos that automatically disappear after a set period of time.

Realizing some of these temporary messaging apps like Snapchat were gaining ground fast, Facebook hastily put Poke together and released it in December 2012. The hope was that Facebook’s installed user base would prompt folks to ditch Snapchat and readily embrace Poke.

facebook poke

The move backfired: even though Poke allowed folks to send each other a quick message, photo or video – with each item expiring after 1, 3, 5 or 10 seconds – the app fell on def ears with Snapchat fans.

Compared to Snapchat’s ease of use, strong privacy features and frictionless sharing, Poke was a joke. Besides, you needed a Facebook account to use it so it was a non-starter to begin with.

Excluding Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp, the social networking giant now has only four apps in the App Store: the main iOS client, Paper, Facebook Messenger and Facebook Pages Manager (Paper and Messenger are iPhone only).

Facebook Paper (thumbnail 001)
Paper is Facebook’s most recent new app for the iPhone.

It stands to reason that Pages Manager, which at press time stood at version 3.1, will be removed from the App Store as soon as its functionality gets duplicated in Facebook’s main apps.

Apps that survive will still see changes in terms of functionality. For instance, all messaging features will be removed from Facebook’s main iOS client in favor of the standalone Messenger app. Messenger already supports free VoIP calling and the feature will be added to WhatsApp this summer, Facebook said.

Sources previously said that Zuck & Co. are adamant to produce a number of slick, standalone apps designed for mobile throughout 2014. And in addition to these in-house apps, Facebook has of course snapped up Instagram and WhatsApp and just recently acquired the popular life-tracking app Moves.

With that in mind, today’s app removals are nothing more than a quick spring cleaning.

Have you ever used Facebook’s Poke or Camera apps?

Thought so…

  • Framboogle

    Pretty sure most people didn’t even know these apps existed.

    • Jonathan

      Add me to the list.

  • sflomenb

    I have never used either

  • onesimpleclickk

    i new the Camera app existed, ..but a Poke app? that’s just sad haha

  • Marcus

    I had both of these downloaded on my phone. I never used Poke once and have probably only spent an hour total using Camera.

  • felixtaf

    When the Facebook app will be pulled from App store?

    • XboxOne

      Are you serious?

      • onesimpleclickk

        He’s dead serious.

    • Vckmkr

      Unfortunately these ppl are so deeply involved in this globalist #bs that they are only going to become more embedded, and they will keep trying to force your hand by limiting services online unless you join them, if you are not giving them your life history for free for them to rape & monetize your data you get nowt, and watch how bad it gets with the introduction of internet2

  • I can’t remember the last time I used the pole function, letalone the Poke app. I seriously hope they don’t get rid of Pages Manager, I use that on a daily basis and it’s a lot easier to manage my pages through it’s own dedicated app.

  • Matthew Cooper

    I hate FB for wanting to fill up my springboard with multiple apps. If there are games on the app store that are over a gig im size and still work then im sure FB can make one app with all these features

  • Jared

    I must be the only one here who’s used the Camera app. I actually liked it, I still have it installed on my phone. I found it was easier to upload/view photos that way. I didn’t have to sort through all the “fluff” on my newsfeed to see photos friends posted.

  • Gautham Sivakumar

    Facebook Messenger is NOT iPhone only. It exists on the Android Play Store also…

    • Omar Ruiz

      What he refered was vs ipad.

    • Aaron de Silva

      This is in context of the App Store.

  • Noaaahh

    I thought Facebook Poke was only to ‘poke’ someone on Facebook, not 1, 3, 5 or 10 second text messages!

  • Karan Shrof Karan Shrof

    thats why marketing is needed for everything, mostly are not aware of this app

    • Vckmkr

      They push what they want you to have, you think these ppl do not know how to socially engineer ppl via marketing? Or lack the dollar to do so?
      Pls go read @ infowars

  • sosarozay300

    next is the facebook app, the only apps they will have will be paper and messenger

  • Aaron de Silva

    Looks like a whole range of Facebook apps… Could this mean a possibility of refining? Or perhaps just Facebook doing trial and error?

  • Kash Gummaraju

    Huge and very stupid mistake in the article. Messenger has never been an iOS exclusive app. It’s a multiplatform app, I don’t know how that was messed up.