Facebook’s undying quest to be your newspaper has seen it launch multiple News Feeds, the standalone Paper app, trending topics, and more. You’re not always able to stop what you’re doing and read what you discover, though. But now TechCrunch has learned Facebook is currently testing a read-it-later Save button on feed articles in the web News Feed that creates a section of bookmarked sites on your profile.
With all the facebook pages, groups, plus updates from friends flooding your Facebook wall everyday, it is really difficult to stop what you are doind and start reading every impotant post on your wall, Facebook knows this pretty well and has come up with a way to allow you to save the feeds and later on come back and read them.
It’s been almost two years since Facebook acqui-hired the talent from Spool, a delightful read-it-later app that could cache articles but also videos and other content to your phone so you could consume it when you had time, like on an airplane even without Internet access. A few weeks later in July 2012, Facebook began testing a native Save button on mobile, but it never got rolled out. MyTechSkool spotted more mobile tests in November 2013, which, again never saw a wide release.
Now, TechCrunch has attained screenshots of a Save button Facebook appears to be testing on its website thanks to startup founder Dan Birdwhistell. Facebook was a bit cagey when I asked for comment, responding without details about the feature and instead giving me the standard “We’re constantly testing new features, but we have nothing further to share at this time.”
Here’s how Save works on the web. Below an external link’s preview window near the Like button, those in the test group see a Save button. When clicked, it saves a link to the article to a “Saved” section of their Timeline. A shortcut to that Saved section also appears on their homepage’s left rail navigation sidebar. The Saved section shows a site’s headline, link, thumbnail image, the person who originally posted the article to your feed, and a share button.
Save plays into Facebook’s intention to be more than just status updates and photos. It hopes to also offer a more real-time feed of what your friends are thinking and talking about, as well as top world news. The Save feature could ease the latter experience because people wouldn’t worry about forgetting stories they can’t enjoy now or interrupting their feed-browsing flow. it could also encourage news publishers to focus more on pushing content to Facebook since Save could boost referral traffic.
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