The Facebook has finally launched a new bookmarking feature with “Save” button that lets users save links from news feed, posts, photo, and other content for viewing at leisure later. The new bookmarking feature “Save” button, introduced by the social media giant is planned to be rolled out during the next few days for all 1.2 billion Facebook users across the world in addition to iOS and Android platforms.
Facebook which acquired the read-it-later startup Spool sometime around two years back, has finally integrated it as Save feature. The ‘Save’ button in the news feed creates a section of bookmarked sites on profile that will help users to find specific content when they have more time. Facebook users can keep the saved items private or even share with friends on social networking sites. This new feature will entice the users to spend even more time on the site.
Daniel Giambalvo, software engineer at Facebook, said, “Every day, users find all sorts of interesting items on Facebook but they don’t have time to explore it right away, so with the help of new feature “Save” Button, users can save the items that found on the Facebook, when they have more time like Links, Places, Movies, TV and Music.”
The new bookmarking features clearly competes with popular prevailing mobile app Pocket service, allowing users bookmark interesting links from their News Feed and Facebook Pages, to be viewed them later.
The saved items can only be viewed by the person who has bookmarked them, unless they choose to share any bookmark link with their friends. On mobile platform, users see the items saved on the ’More’ tab or can access it by clicking the link on the left hand side of Facebook on the web. The bookmarked list is helpfully organist in category for faster access and lets users swipe right on each item to share it with their friends or move it into their own archive list.
Facebook’s Save feature that might draw comparisons to other bookmarking sites such as Instapaper, and Pinterest, but most believe that it’s unlikely to pose a threat to any one of them for now. Save’s features are basic and lack customization and offline access which is widely available in other dedicated bookmarking services (apps).
Facebook explains the new features introduced 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.”
In addition to the new bookmarking feature, the Facebook has also launched the “Buy Button” that lets users shop without leaving Facebook site. The ‘Buy button’ is designed to pop up in all ads on Facebook in form of News feed and Pages .
The new “Buy Button will be available on the mobile and desktop PC version on its official websites.