Facebook Testing ‘read-it-later’ Save Button For News Feed.
Facebook continues to move in powerful strides, from its announced Oculus deal, to the recent Connectivity Lab project for using drones and satellites to spread the Internet, have kept various tech media sites scrambling for ever crumb filled detail. There latest series of news connected to Facebook, it has recently been found out that the social networking site will be trying out a new read-it-later Save button on its Web interface for users to save articles and other contest posted up from their news feed for a later time.
According to sources published by Techcrunch, Facebook had previously tested their ‘Save’ button in July 2012 and once again in November 2013 but had no roll out feature at the time. This was after they had previously acquired ‘Spool, back in 2012, an application that allowed user to store articles, videos, and other content on ones smartphones to be viewed at a later time.It has been reported that founder of the startup Studio Publishing, which generates Facebook-based content, Dan Birdwhistell has managed to glimpse a view of the Save button in the Web interface, and provided screenshot to Techcrunch. When asked, Facebook had replied to Techcrunch’s questioning by saying,”We’re constantly testing new features, but we have nothing further to share at this time.”
Facebook’s Save feature, is very simple to use. Below the preview of the external link, near the right of the like, comment and Share option, is a Save icon. Once the article has been saved it will be transferred towards the Saved section of the user’s Facebook Timeline. Accessing this section will display other categories such as ‘All’, ‘Link’,’Places’,’Music’, Books’ among others. A user can choose which content can be viewed under the respective head line.
Facebook seems to be moving towards becoming a central spotlight for news articles for the masses, gathering and offering information towards its users depending on their reading preferences and interest, beside promoting the course of social sharing of news and other content. A feature like this would allow publishers to focus creating content that readers can enjoy. Perhaps it might become a competitor against other sites that have the save feature for third party publishers, such as Twitter, Pocket, or Safari Reading List among the few.