Microsoft resurrects 'kin creepy Facebook poking
Remember in 2007, when Facebook opened up, everyone joined and spent the next six months 'poking' one another. It was a brilliant, non-threatening way to be thoroughly vulgar to somebody you wanted special trouser kisses from. But in 2010, nobody pokes on Facebook anymore - the feature is still there, but the several hundred million users have moved on to whining about privacy issues, or starving their children of attention in order to play Farmville until three in the morning.
The fact that poking on Facebook doesn't reflect current user activity, that it's a concept that peaked several years ago means it's the perfect way for Microsoft to promote it's new Kin mobile phone. On the bleeding edge of consumer trends, as ever.
Microsoft have produced a number of videos to promote the Kin, where the owner meets people she's only interacted with on social networks. You will never see a more terrifying video on YouTube; a young, doe-eyed girl meets a fat old man to indulge in a spot of poking. He'll have gone through a box of rags in a week after this:
TOPICS: Social Media