Facebook pokes its way to the top of the App Store's free apps for the Apple iPhone

Facebook pokes its way to the top of the App Store's free apps for the Apple iPhone
Facebook had a decision to make. Should it buy Snapchat and overpay for it, leaving the company open to harebrained monetization schemes similar to what Instagram tried this past week? No, instead Facebook built its own disposable chat app that it calls Poke. As we've already explained, Poke allows you to send a message that will expire in 1,3,5 or 10 seconds after being opened. By requiring a finger on the screen at all times, screenshots are nearly impossible to take. If the Mission Impossible team had Poke, messages wouldn't have had to self-destruct. Snapchat, by the way, is resting at number 9 (number 9, number 9).

The news here is that Facebook's new app has (heaven help us!) poked its way to the top of the free app charts for the Apple iPhone at the App Store, knocking the previous inhabitant of the spot down to number two. And which app was that?  The new Google Maps for the Apple iPhone was the app that was bumped. But it couldn't remain on top forever, and after all, it did capture the attention of most Apple iPhone users who have been waiting for a reliable way to get around in Australia without ending up in the Outback.

Office Max's ElfYourself, which puts a photo of you or your friends' heads on an elfish body is number three while multiplayer game Fun Run is number four. Rounding out the top five is Google's YouTube app which had its day at the top of the charts. The second half of the top ten free apps is led by Disney. The House of Mouse has managed to land two free games (Where's My Vacation and Nemo's Reef) in the 6 through 10 slots.

source: TechCrunch


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27 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Only use I can think of Snap chat and Poke is for teens experimenting with sexting.

27. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

thats not true.. its enjoyable to make faces and share quick embarrassing things and like thoughts and stuff anybody who wants to sext would send it by text anyways... it is screenshotable

2. androidisbaws

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Guess iphone users have nothing better and more productive to do like all android users.

3. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

seems you dont have anything to do except try to bash iphone users you should get a reality check your giving the reasonable android users a bad name

10. .-POLICE.-

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

Why don't you mind you're own business, and stop naging and complaining, that you're this and you're that! " what's you're problem....? Couldn't you retaliate any better? So what if he is? What's it to you? Are you a farmland user?

13. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

angry troll lol please go rage somehwere else as your falling flat here. defending a known fanboy and someone who never misses a chance to slate the iphone and those that use it. you have proven my point though you and those red thumbs only accept the pro android fanboys. but dare an apple user say a word against android and there swarmed on. windows user the same would happen ''Couldn't you retaliate any better?'' retaliate would need him to direct something at me, i was stating the fact he always bashes other os users and give those few good reasonable android users a bad name. so take your own advice and ''Why don't you mind you're own business'' troll back to your bridge before the goats try to cross it

17. .-POLICE.-

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

So if hes bashing Apple, why can't you defend Apple by giving negative things that Apple have? i don't see anything good or negative about Apple the masters in disguise bad fruit company.

19. .-POLICE.-

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

Well they deserve it! Why don't you get it thro you're OAP brain, iv'e been reading posts on PA for the last 2years and all Android Fandroid users bash and insult Apple users, it's nothing new. Thete are no Apple defenders on PA vety few, and still they can't figure or have nothing to bash Android cause there's nothing wrong, unlike Apple. What has PA turned you into, i use to read you're posts 2. 3 months ago and you wasn't like that!

24. thelegend6657 unregistered

All android users bash iOS users ? Not all , just some hardcore extremist . I mean even if everyone is doing it , doesn't make it right , all platforms have pros and cons . I use android and iOS , how can you say that android have no cons ? Are you living in fantasy land ?

23. thelegend6657 unregistered

He's just trying to be reasonable , what people do on their smartphones is the same no matter what platform they are using although iOS users can't flash custom roms

5. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

https://play.google.com/store/apps/collection/topselling_free?hl=en Look at your #1 free app. Fandroids are so funny...lol

6. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

It's Facebook..... the number 1 app is almost always Facebook. Not this stupid Poke app.

8. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Looks like u have nothing better to do than bash ios users while they enjoy their devices

11. .-POLICE.-

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

They alway's get bashed don't they! Like PA Micheall Heller said in his post: PC and all other users have been bashing and hating Apple users since the day Apple MAC days, so what's new about this?

12. androidisbaws

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

LOL that's the most funny joke I've heard all day. Enjoy iOS devices? Man that's hilarious. *slaps knee* you sir are a comedian.

14. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

nah mate your the joke, its just your a funny one iOS users can and do enjoy there devices, whats it to you if they dont want android. there free to choice. and from your past posts there smarter then you as there not devoted to one os and trying to belittle others. you and troll working together is so tragic, mainly as your comments are still that which comes from the mind of a angry little kid

20. .-POLICE.-

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

There's nothing to enjoy on the iOs, it's just an App launcher, good for nothing useless, even SYMBIAN is way much better.

25. thelegend6657 unregistered

Nah , I jumped for Symbian to iOS few years ago . Although I miss some of the features available on Symbian , I do enjoy using iOS .

15. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Just cause u think android is the only thing in the tech world doesn't mean everyone else thinks that way, and I own a g note 2. I'm just not closed/simple minded like u r.

16. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

exactly, real tech people will want a taste of everything out there and enjoy all os's. especially as every os has its pro's and con's so using all means you get to see the benefits of each. troll and that android fanboy just want the green thumbs and to think there better then others

18. .-POLICE.-

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

Well real techies would never touch or go for Unix crap half-cooked rubbish, iy's more for the dummies and dumma.

22. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Bad post, and untrue

21. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Good post, and true

4. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Wow........ why is this nearly useless app at the top?

7. Droiddoes unregistered

LMAO @ Google Maps being #2

9. Igneel unregistered

The Google Maps app isn't available in my country's AppStore. Damn

26. Droiddoes unregistered

God help you sir. A good alternative to having to resort to apple maps *shudder* is a paper map and a compass.

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