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Facebook Save may improve News Feed experience

Facebook's new Save feature may help people get a lot more out of their News Feeds.
Facebook's new Save feature may help people get a lot more out of their News Feeds.
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On Monday, July 21, Kurt Wagner of Mashable reported that Facebook is introducing a new feature called Save that will help people in the greater Spokane area manage the content they see in their News Feeds by allowing them to save links to stories or other items they want to get back to at a later time. Anyone who has ever gone looking through their News Feeds for old stories they wanted to finish reading, or content that seemed to mysteriously disappear when new stories were added will appreciate the convenience of being able to find those older posts again more easily.

According to Wagner, "The new feature, simply called 'Save,' lets you flag things like links, places, or music and then come back to them when they have more time. Saved items are personal, meaning they won't appear to your friends unless you choose to share them."

Save will become available for Android, iOs and the web as the feature rolls out, meaning that all Facebook users will be able to try it out. Wagner views Save as a significant improvement to the News Feed.

According to Wagner, "The new feature brings a much-needed element to Facebook, which has made steps toward becoming the go-to place for consuming news with its addition of trending topics and Facebook Paper, among other changes. There was no easy way to revisit a post in News Feed before 'Saved,' and Facebook's algorithm doesn't surface items chronologically, so it's possible a story you wanted to read later might never resurface. Items you save will resurface, though, as Facebook will add reminders in your News Feed to check out the links and places you've flagged."

On Monday, July 21, Josh Constine of TechCrunch explained how the new Save feature works. Based on his description, it seems as though Facebook developers wanted to give people as many options as possible. There are a few different ways to Save interesting content.

According to Constine, "The 'Save' button or a little bookmark icon button resides in the bottom right of stories in the mobile and web News Feed, and you can also Save by using the drop-down menu accessed from the arrow in the top right of each story. On Facebook Pages for Places, Movies, TV shows, and musicians, as well as Events, there’ll be a more prominent Save button next to Like or the RSVP options. A link to Saved items appears in the web homepage’s left sidebar list of bookmarks, and the More apps list on mobile. That More list is where features like Nearby Places and Nearby Friends have been buried, and Save too could get forgotten by average users.

"What you Save is only visible to you. From your Saved list which is categorized by content type, you have the option to share an item with friends, or archive it. You’ll need web connectivity to visit any links you Save, as Facebook isn’t currently caching them. Facebook will remind you to check out what you’ve stored with occasional News Feed posts featuring carousels of your Saved content."

A Facebook Newsroom post by Daniel Giambalvo makes Save seem extremely easy to use. He said that mobile users can archive or share items by simply swiping right on items they saved, making it less complicated than zooming in the camera on a HTC One.

People in the greater Spokane area who check their Facebook pages frequently may come to love being able to save items in their News Feeds. It would greatly simplify keeping up to date on their favorite television shows, music and pages that they have liked. It would also improve the odds of seeing more of the content that their friends and family shared with them, which would make it easier to keep in touch with the people in their lives.

Save may be the first Facebook update in a long time that people will genuinely like and enjoy using. Unlike other developments such as Context Cards or Nearby Friends, there are no privacy concerns to discourage people in the Spokane area who don't like to share much about themselves from using it. It is simply a useful feature that could help people get more out of being on Facebook. Constine added that it currently can't affect targeted advertising. That alone may make it more appealing to people in the community.