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Facebook's Save Button Bookmarks Content For Later

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.

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Every time you visit Facebook, your news feed contains up to 1,500 new posts -- from friends, people you follow, and Pages. And while its news feed algorithm is designed to show you the most relevant posts, you don't always have time to read everything.

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.

"Every day, people find all sorts of interesting items on Facebook that they don't have time to explore right away," said Daniel Giambalvo, software engineer at Facebook, in a blog post. "Now you can save items you find on Facebook to check out later when you have more time."

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. On Pages, click the [...] button to access it.

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Facebook's Save feature might draw comparisons to other bookmarking sites such as Pocket, Instapaper, and Pinterest, but it's unlikely to pose a threat: Save's features are basic and lack customization and offline access.

To find something you saved, navigate to the More tab on mobile and tap Saved. Find this on the web by clicking the link on the left side of Facebook. Facebook will organize your items by category, and you can swipe right on each item to share it with friends, view the post, review it, like it, or move it to your archive list, Giambalvo said.

Although your saved items will live within their own page, you might occasionally see them pop up in your news feed, Facebook said. The "Links You Saved" box, for example, will contain a carousel of content you can flip through. Everything you save to Facebook is private; only you can see your list, Facebook said.

Facebook's Save option is a necessary feature as the social network continues to emphasize content and refine its strategy. Over the past few months, Facebook has sought to improve news feed content by reducing spam, ads, auto-shared posts from apps, and some posts from Pages. Before Save, there was no easy way to find content you saw while browsing Facebook.

Although Save comes to users over the next few days, there's no word whether Paper -- Facebook's news reader app and natural fit for the feature -- will receive the update as well.

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Kristin Burnham currently serves as InformationWeek.com's Senior Editor, covering social media, social business, IT leadership and IT careers. Prior to joining InformationWeek in July 2013, she served in a number of roles at CIO magazine and CIO.com, most recently as senior ... View Full Bio

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SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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7/29/2014 | 9:03:42 AM
Re: Actually useful
It is without a doubt that Facebook is the trending thing at the moment. Many people have adapted to using Facebook for basically everything. People go to nit to look for their lost friends or schoolmates; it is also good for marketing strategies. Facebook usually provides a wide scope of activities for a person top do when they re there. The save button will come in handy as it will help the users to be able to save their data for further use or to be used later.
stotheco
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stotheco,
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7/22/2014 | 1:51:03 PM
Re: Actually useful
It took them a long time, but I'm glad they've finally rolled it out. Eventually I see a lot more sites following suit, so at this point, it's just a matter of time.
stotheco
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stotheco,
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7/22/2014 | 1:50:18 PM
Re: Actually useful
Paul, zing! Good point. Although you do have to give credit where it's due. Maybe Facebook's people felt like it was time to give back to the community somehow, lol.
stotheco
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stotheco,
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7/22/2014 | 1:49:34 PM
Re: Actually useful
Same here, it's nice to see that Facebook can get it right once in a while. This is a very useful feature and it has been a long time coming.
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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7/21/2014 | 8:18:05 PM
Re: Actually useful
wow, facebook actually saving data for the user to use... imagine that.

I guess they were to busy saving data for their own gain to think about this earlier.

 
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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7/21/2014 | 7:51:23 PM
Re: Actually useful
@Ariella, I'm surprised it's taken this long for G+ (and Facebook for that matter) to launch a bookmarking tool. I hope that Paper adopts it too -- I can't imagine it won't, eventually.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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7/21/2014 | 7:49:59 PM
Re: Actually useful
I'm in the same boat, Shane. I follow a number of publications for news and other hobbies, and often don't have time to read longer stories during the day. I'm looking forward to using this.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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7/21/2014 | 6:37:01 PM
Re: Actually useful
@Shane some one on G+ bemoaned the fact that we don't have that feature there. There are ways to bookmark, though you have to get a bit creative. The simplest thing is to just share it with yourself and no one else. I don't think you have to actually set up a specific circle unless you want your saves categorized in some way.  You can either rely on the automatic hashtags or set up a unique one that would work.  
Ariella
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Ariella,
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7/21/2014 | 6:35:17 PM
Re: Content worth saving
@Invers137 But real life is scary. 
Inverse137
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Inverse137,
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7/21/2014 | 6:16:13 PM
Re: Content worth saving
Let's be honest...facebook is just a way to kill time because you don't have anything better to do anyway.

 

Close your FB account, turn off the TV and ...you know....maybe call your "friends" up and go out to dinner.
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