Save to Facebook first look

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 13, 2016
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Companies, Facebook

Save to Facebook is an addition to Facebook's save feature which allows users of the site to save content they encounter on the web to the "save" section of their Facebook account.

Saving has been included on Facebook for a couple of years and it comes as a surprise that the feature is used by more than 250 million users despite the fact that it is hidden from plain sight.

To use the feature on Facebook, you need to click on the small down arrow icon next to posts made to your Facebook stream, and select the save option from the menu that opens up.

The save text is different depending on the type of content, you may encounter save link or save video for instance on Facebook directly.

Save To Facebook

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You control all saved items on the saved page on Facebook:

It lists the most recent saves by default and provides you with a filter list at the top to filter items by type. Next to links and videos, you find photos, places, music, events, or products there as well.

All items are listed with a title, short description, and where they have been saved from. Depending on type, you may interact with it directly, e.g. watch a video you saved that is hosted on YouTube, or are taken to the site instead in case of a link.

Save To Facebook, announced during Facebook's F8 developer conference, is a new option for web publishers to get their content saved and shared by Facebook users.

Basically, what Facebook revealed during the conference is a new button (or text link), that publishers can add to their sites to get Facebook users to save their content on the social networking site.

This sounds like Pocket, Instapaper, or other services that let you do the same, and it is to a degree as you can access some content directly on Facebook's site but not all of it. If you save a video, you may watch it right away if it is hosted on YouTube for instance but links are just that.

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Saved articles can be shared easily on Facbeook however, and that is probably the main incentive for web publishers to implement it even though a regular button would do the same.

Only select sites such as Product Hunt have enabled the "save to Facebook" functionality currently as they were part of the beta program.

It is likely however that other sites will join them in the near future, and that plugins for popular blogging platforms such as WordPress will be created as well.

For now, there is an unofficial extension for Google Chrome that you can install to get the functionality for all sites you encounter while using the browser. I could not get it to work during a test run though, and since it requires massive privileges (read and change all your data on the websites you visit), it is something you may want to be cautious about anyway.

Save to Facebook first look
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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Martin, I would appreciate that you do not censor this post, as it’s informative writing.

    Onur, there is a misleading statement “[…] GIFs are animated images …”. No, obviously you don’t seem to have take much notice of what you were told back in March regarding; Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

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  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: []. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

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  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, has changed in quality.
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
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  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

  9. sean conner said on September 27, 2023 at 6:21 am

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