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Facebook creates 'Save for Later Reading' option for News Feed links

updated 03:17 pm EST, Wed November 27, 2013

Social network testing new list feature

Facebook is reportedly testing a new "Save For Later Reading" feature that enables users to compile content that appears in their News Feed. Mobile screenshot images posted by MyTechSkool and referenced by AllThingsD show an iBooks-style bookmark button next to news items, which can be later accessed via a new "Saved" category within the existing Apps menu.

The feature is said to represent Facebook's second attempt, replacing an earlier system that had been tested in the iOS app. The previous method required a long press on an article, rather than the new dedicated button that changes color when a link is added to the saved list.

The new option appears to mimic the basic functionality of dedicated third-party apps such as Instaper and Pocket, however Facebook's implementation does not save the actual news stories for offline reading. Users merely see a preview with a thumbnail and the link title, which must be opened in a separate browser.

Facebook has yet to confirm plans for a wider rollout.

by MacNN Staff





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