When I woke up my computer this morning, I had 12 tabs open in my browser. The bank, job management and time tracking, Google calendar, Salesforce, a web site I’m editing, a YouTube video … and SIX Facebook pages – my timeline and five stories I want to read.
Not the most efficient way to manage to my to-do list.
We’ve all been scrolling through Facebook and come across a few things we’d like to read or watch, but it just isn’t the right time or place. Today, Facebook launched a new bookmarking feature that allows users to save posts to read later. No more sharing to to the ‘Only Me’ setting!
Like most Facebook tools, it isn’t perfect (Graph anyone?) but I think it will quickly become one of the most useful. Right now, the saves are limited to links, places, music, books, movies, TV shows, and events only from the newsfeed. You can’t go to a profile or page and save any update you like.
You can also save entire pages – like Pinstripe Marketing – bookmarking those you want to visit and review several posts at once instead of those you happen to catch in your newsfeed.
Find your saved items in the left navigation column
After you have read your saved items, simply click the X in the top right column to archive it. From the archive list, you can choose to un-archive or permanently delete an item. Easy peasy.
Over time, I’m sure I’ll be whining about not having a search feature, or that the advertising algorithms are using my save data to target me (those darn advertising people…) but for now, I think (and I’m sure my husband is hoping) this will seriously reduce the amount of time I scroll through Facebook, ultimately getting sucked into the whirlpool of articles and videos and other links throughout the web.