Facebook has been working on a ‘save it for later’ type feature for a long time and it looks like the social network is finally ready to roll it out on a widespread basis. Dubbed Save, this feature allows you to save links to articles, places, movies, TV, and music for viewing or exploration at a later time. These items can be accessed across all your devices via the ‘More’ tab or via the tool bar on the left hand side of the newsfeed on Facebook for web.
Facebook organizes your saved items by category and any item can be shared or archived with a swipe to the right. You’ll also see reminders of your saved items in your feed from time to time, which is something we can see folks wanting to turn off after a while, since hitting ‘Save’ means you’re creating an actionable item that must then be either shared or archived before Facebook stops annoying you about it.
Save stems from Facebook’s 2012 acquisition of an app called Spool, which allowed you to save content from the web for viewing offline. Though Facebook never formally announced plans to roll Spool’s functionality into its newsfeed, Spool was shuttered shortly after the acquisition so the natural assumption was that Facebook planned to use the team and their product to enhance Facebook. Now, two years on, we finally have a solution to the problem that arises when you want to go back to an update you saw earlier in the day, week, or month and can’t find it. Facebook doesn’t have a search or favourite feature, so it can often be hard to find interesting links you want to revisit or reshare. Not anymore.
Save will be rolled out across iOS, Android and the web over the next few days (no mention of Windows Phone or BlackBerry, unfortunately).