Facebook introduces Save button
If you’re short on time, a new bookmarking feature on Facebook lets you save links, places, music, and more. Here’s what you need to know.
Facebook which acquired the read-it-later startup Spool around two years ago, has finally put it to use by announcing a new feature called “˜Save’. On Monday, Facebook launched a new feature called Save, which lets you do just that: save links to articles, places to visit, movies and television shows to see, and music to check out later
Facebook’s Save feature rolls out to all iOS, Android, and web users over the next few days. You’ll notice the option in your news feed either as a button on the bottom of some posts or in the drop-down menu beside each post.
Introducing the new feature, Facebook writes in its official blog, “Every day, people find all sorts of interesting items on Facebook that they don’t have time to explore right away. Now you can save items that you find on Facebook to check out later when you have more time. You can save items like links, places, movies, TV and music. Only you can see the items you save unless you choose to share them with friends.”
Just click the little arrow on the corner of something that piques your interest, hit save, and the item will be added into its own (private) section. And if you have a tendency to forget about things you’ve saved for later, Facebook will occasionally send you a reminder in your News Feed, which, as far as Facebook goes, is relatively unintrusive and handy.
If the whole concept feels remarkably similar to Pocket or Instapaper or Readability or any of the other dozens of apps that saves content for later, it’s because it is. The difference here, though, is that you’ll also be able to save topics your friends are chatting about (shows, music, etc.) for you to check out later.
There is one major drawback, though””you can’t access any of your “Saves” offline. Which kind of seems to defeat the whole purpose. Of course, Facebook is constantly evolving and experimenting, so there’s still time for them to change that yet.