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Facebook Save: Use it

Facebook Save: Use it

Are you using the “Save” feature on Facebook?

It’s great. Really, it is.

I’m not one to rave about Facebook changes, but this has really helped me keep track of those things that I want to read but don’t have time for at the moment. Or for those things that I want to show someone but not necessarily share on my profile or send in a message.

And I think if you’re not using it, you should.

I spent the latter part of last week at a social media conference in balmy Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

(Well, beautiful Coralville, Iowa to be exact, but I had heard of Cedar Rapids and I presume that many of you would ask where Coralville, Iowa was and I would tell you: Near Cedar Rapids, Iowa.)

While I’m not going to give you a play-by-play on everything I learned, I will share with you something that stood out to me, especially as a blogger:

Focus on being ridiculously useful to those who read what you write. – Ann Handley

Here’s my shot at being ridiculously useful to you.

How to use the Facebook “Save” feature, in three easy steps.

1. You can save links, places, movies, TV, and music.

This works on your iOS, Android, or desktop.

Pro-tip: This does not work on status updates or photos. So if someone posted a superb recipe as a status update, you will be unable to ‘save’ the recipe. Sometimes, if there is a ‘more’ in the update that includes links, you may need to click on the post itself to open a new window where the links are displayed and then you can ‘save’.

2. As you scroll through your ridiculously awesome news feed (If, perchance, you do not find your news feed ridiculously awesome, I’ll write my next blog on how to achieve news feed greatness: Getting rid of annoying FB posts and posters) you will notice a small, down-arrow in the upper right-hand side of the post. Click it and choose Save “Title of your amazing link, or wonderful place, or  movie name, or TV Show, or Musical artist”:

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3. Retrieve the amazing content that you wanted to read, but were unable to because you had to pay for your groceries, or your boss wants you to be productive, or any other reason that you don’t have time to read a 500+ word article.

Pro tip: I go through my “Saved” posts on Sundays, when my ridiculously awesome news feed isn’t as busy.

You can find  the items you saved by going to your ‘Saved’ items in the “More” tab on mobile or by clicking the link on the left hand side of Facebook on the web.

IntroducingSave2Your saved items list is organized by category and you can swipe right on each item to share it with your friends or move it into your archive list.

Start saving today!

Now that you know how to do it, go ahead and save away. Keep in mind, you will be the only one to see your saved items, as the list is not public.

Your employer will be happy because you won’t be reading “25 Things your Cat Does While You’re Out” on company time. Your friends will be happy because you can quickly retrieve and share the great articles you read (and saved) from your ridiculously awesome news feed.

But, most importantly, you should be happy because you will have a much better Facebook experience overall.