You can now save Facebook posts for later

By , Jul 31, 2012

Recognizing a growing popularity of dedicated services that save articles for later reading, the social networking giant Facebook today quietly updated its backend to enhance its mobile and desktop apps with this functionality.

Aptly named ‘save it for later’, it does just that: you can now save other people’s posts for later reading through the new Saved option under the lefthand pane revealed when you tap the sidebar menu button…

This was first discovered by Leanna Lofte over at iMore.

The Saved folder is not visible by default and must be enabled by tapping the sidebar menu button in the iPhone or iPad app and hitting Edit Favorites at the bottom. Then, tap the + sign and select Saved from a list of apps and then hit Done.

When you want to save other person’s post for later, just hold your finger down on the post until a popup appears with the Save option. Everything you store in the Saved folder is private and no one but you can access these posts.

Furthermore, your friends won’t even be notified when you save their posts. To remove a post from the Saved folder, just hit the Unsave button next to the post. This feature also works in the Facebook.com web interface on desktop and mobile devices.

It’s even more straightforward: just hit a new Save button beneath every update to send the article to your Saved folder found under your favorites. Facebook is gradually rolling this out on the web so give it a little while if you don’t see the Saved folder yet.

Of course, there are plenty of web services and apps which collect items you favorited across social networks. My personal favorite is Favs by Dirk Holtwick, an awesome program for iOS  and Mac that supports a variety of popular services, including YouTube, Instapaper, Read Later, Facebook and more.

On the other hand, Favs collects everything I liked on Facebook whereas the new Saved folder allows me to cherry-pick the posts by my friends I find interesting and want to archive for whatever reason.

It’s a pretty useful feature, if you ask me, one that should have been provided a long, long time ago.

Do you plan on using the Saved folder in Facebook?

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  • http://twitter.com/T1rell T1rell

    a bit disturbing, what if i post some embarrassing stuff and afterwards decide to take the post down again, but whoops, all of my friends have already saved this unique moment of stupidity for eternity…

    • Aric Bolf

      Feeling embarrassed is great. I suggest your fix is to choose to feel happy instead of angry or fearful when that happens.

    • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

      I think it saves the url/link to the post. It doesn’t copy/paste the post. So if you decide to remove the post, I am more than sure that when they try to view it, it will say that it was deleted, or something among those lines.

  • Aric Bolf

    “Facebook is gradually rolling this out on the web so give it a little while if you don’t see the Saved folder yet.”

    Ya i was worried there for a second or two why i was blind as a bat.

  • http://twitter.com/day_dreamer_92 Radu Nicolae

    does it work in the iphone app?

    • marquise3

      The Saved folder is not visible by default and must be enabled by tapping the sidebar menu button in the iPhone or iPad app and hitting Edit Favorites at the bottom. Then, tap the + sign and select Saved from a list of apps and then hit Done.

      • himynameisBLiNK

        nope. not there for me

      • http://www.facebook.com/rsf3582 Roc Starr

        Me either

  • http://www.facebook.com/crandell Zach Crandell

    Not one to troll, but stupidest shit ever. I would rather have a faster app then be able to save my grandmas status updates about how much she misses me. Stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emmanuel.beaufils Emmanuel Beaufils

    they should first change all the facebook app on iPhone. it is so slow and not user friendly !!

  • http://anyulled.blogspot.com Anyul Rivas

    doesn’t work on the Android app.

  • Shannon Staples

    what would be great is if they allowed you to created different folders for your saved stuff, like “recipes,” “quotes,” “articles,” etc.