Facebook is a great way of finding interesting and enlightening things online, however a casual scroll through your newsfeed is not always the best time to read, it is also not easy to hunt down an article if you have returned to Facebook at a better time.
If you can relate to any of this you’ll welcome the news that Facebook appears to be testing a “save for later” feature. This isn’t the first time the company has tested the idea, but it does appear to be more advanced and closer to wide release.
The concept first popped up on a version of the Facebook app for iPhone and iPad in 2012. In that iteration, you held your finger on a story to save it to a separate list. Now, according to the blog MyTechSkool, which first spotted it, users will see a button with a bookmark icon they can press.
This is what apps such as Instapaper, Pocket and Read It Later have been doing for years, of course. The Apple browser, Safari, added a similar feature called Reading List (available on mobile in iOS6 and on the desktop with Mac OS X Mavericks).
But the Facebook feature differs in significant ways. First of all, you can save more than just articles, you’ll be able to set aside anything from a family memer’s holiday snaps to a change in your friends relationship status. Call it a social To Do list.
Secondly, it allows you to do your later reading within Facebook — meaning Zuckerberg gets to monitor and monetize ever more of your reading behavior. What we don’t know yet: whether you’ll be able to read those articles, links and saved social snippets when you’re offline.
What do you think of this new feature?
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