New Facebook feature allows users to save links

New function rolls out this week

A Facebook user who wants to read “50 Ryan Gosling Facts You Didn’t Know” but doesn’t have the time right this minute is in luck -- the social media giant is launching a feature to keep track of it for later reading.

The component, simply called Save, will offer a service similar to Internet-browsing aids such as Instapaper, Pocket and Readability.

Facebook officials said in a release Monday the new feature will allow users to “save items like links, places, movies, TV and music,” until they have time to look at them. The Save function will be available on desktop and mobile versions of Facebook, according to the company.

The bookmarked links will show up in a list organized by category. Users will be reminded of their saved items via News Feed, according to Daniel Giambalvo, a Facebook software engineer.

 

This new feature is Facebook’s latest step in an apparent ongoing effort to become the web’s one-stop shop for everything. The company made news earlier this year when it paid $19 billion for the WhatsApp messenger app and announced its development of Slingshot, an app similar to Snapchat.

Last week, Facebook announced the launch of a new app for public figures, called Facebook Mentions. It’s meant to allow famous people to see what fans are saying about them, join in the conversation and host live chat sessions.

By the way, did you know a young Gosling used to play spin the bottle with Britney Spears? Fascinating!

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