Facebook Steps Up News Game With Save for Later Feature

Facebook added a new feature Monday that lets users save things they're interested in — but may not have time to check out — for a later date.

The new feature, simply called "Save," lets you flag things like links, places, or music and then come back to them when they have more time. Saved items are personal, meaning they won't appear to your friends unless you choose to share them.

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You can save an item in News Feed by clicking the drop down menu in the post's upper righthand corner. If a user is looking at a place or music Page, a new "Save" tab will appear just under that Page's profile photo.

Users can then re-visit their saved items using the "More" tab on mobile, or by hitting the "Saved" link on lefthand rail of the desktop version.

The new feature brings a much-needed element to Facebook, which has made steps toward becoming the go-to place for consuming news with its addition of trending topics and Facebook Paper, among other changes. There was no easy way to re-visit a post in News Feed before "Saved," and Facebook's algorithm doesn't surface items chronologically, so it's possible a story you wanted to read later might never resurface.

Items you save will resurface, though, as Facebook will add reminders in your News Feed to check out the links and places you've flagged.

Twitter doesn't offer an explicit "save for later" feature, but users can favorite a tweet and then easily revisit that list from their profile.

Facebook users can revisit posts they Like, but the process isn't as clear (you have to go into your Activity Log) and sometimes you want to read or remember things you may not feel comfortable giving a thumbs up to.

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