The engineers at Facebook are quietly rolling out an Instapaper like update called “Save for Later.” A few lucky users have already gotten access but it will be public very soon.
The premise of the feature is straight forward and will be across all platforms of Facebook. Whether you’re on your phone or desktop, you will be able to press and hold a story which will then store it in a folder for private consumption at your leisure. I suppose this could be handy if you’re stalking an ex, tracking down a hot date, etc. Or, if you really like a story that someone posted and/or a photo that you want to view and share later. The possibilities are endless and Facebook will not alert the other user or the newsfeed that you have saved a story. This might be the first time that Facebook has truly kept anything private.
Once you start a collection of saved moments, Facebook will create a folder that will show up in the favorites area. To use this feature, you will not need to download any additional updates, a bar will appear across your mobile app and/or desktop while using Facebook alerting you that “Save for Later” is now available to use.
Will you use this feature? I can see how it can be beneficial. I have a group of friends that constantly share some useful links related to tech and social media that I might not have found on my own. I could save those for later if I have to be out and about somewhere. This might not be as useful on the desktop unless I want to save them to share later or the next day. In its beta stage, this new feature by Facebook poses no threat to Instapaper and Pocket however rumor has it, you might be able to use “Save for Later” outside of Facebook to save content you like.
Any thoughts on Facebook’s latest development? How can it benefit you? Do you currently use Instapaper and/or Pocket?