My POKEN Review!

November 17, 2009·

My Poken in a park.
My Poken in a park.

I am really excited to be reviewing the POKEN. I got my Pokens last week (thanks @pokengirl!) and since then I set them up (yay!) and I’ve been carrying them around with me telling people about them. So, my job here in this post is, basically, POKEN 101 and to let you know what I think about it.


  • A poken is, in its essence, a digital business card. The poken is a small USB device that stores all of your social information – name, email, website, phone, address, AND social networks. When someone ELSE has a poken, you HIGH-4 them and the poken transfers all information – it’s a no mess, organized way to store contact information.

The Set-Up

  • The poken is incredibly easy to set-up. Once you get your poken, you simply plug the USB end into your computer, and it prompts you to do the rest.
  • Fill out all of your information and you’re ready to poken!

Poken to Poken

  • The poken has a really cool attachment on it that allows you to easily carry it around.
  • When you meet someone else with a poken, simply hold the pokens together (give them a HIGH-4!) and the information/data is transferred.
  • There is an indicator light that lets you know if it worked (green is good!)

Storing Information

  • Once you have other’s information, plug the poken back into your computer and all of the information is organized and stored.
  • How awesome it that?

Why do I think the Poken is worthwhile? My reasons are THREE-FOLD:

  1. No mess, no hassle organization of all of your contact’s information. I go to networking events ALL the time, and exchanging business cards can be overwhelming when you have collected a gazillion cards. I tend to lose them, or they get out of order, or I forget to put them in my database. My poken alleviates this problem! 🙂
  2. I love being tech-savvy. If you’re like me and love fun, new gadgets… then you’ll love it. All your friends will be like, “Whoaaaa what’s that? I want one. COOOOOOL.” Okay, they probably won’t be like that. But you get my point. 😉
  3. They are real fancy. I won’t say they’re cute, because a man invented them and men use them all the time. But dudes, my poken is cute. I’m all about aesthetics… and this thing is sweet. (Love the technical language?)


  • When I first tried to set-up the poken, I couldn’t figure out how to set up the social networks. After a few more clicks, I was able to customize my sites. It was just unclear, but definitely not a problem.
  • Not very many people poken… yet. The initial challenge when a new device comes out is that it takes a while to catch on. It is DEFINITELY catching on in the social media aficionado/geek/nerd/armadillo community, but it is still very new to the general public. A little patience and word of mouth will fix that.

Here is a video review of the poken which includes a REALLY sweet POKEN montage about 3/4 of the way through. I was pretty pumped about it.

If you have any questions about the poken let me know. I am excited to meet other people who poken so we, too, can HIGH-4!

Question: Do YOU poken?