Facebook is up to its old tricks again, trying to reintroduce one of its original features — but like Mean Girls‘ second-fiddle Gretchen Wieners trying to make fetch a thing, it’s just not gonna happen. 

The social network is trying to bring back that slightly creepy, uncomfortably direct notification that you never quite understood: the Poke. The new feature, called Hello, is essentially a Poke in the form of a Wave, allowing users to notify one another that they’re feeling chatty, but don’t quite have the words for a full on post.  

The new Hello feature was first spotted by The Next Web‘s Matt Navarra, who’s known for keeping tabs on the many new wrinkles and tests from the social network. Facebook reps confirmed the feature is being tested for some users, who at this point appear to be based in the UK.  Read more…

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