#1 News Feed With A ‘Save’ Feature
Facebook announced a new feature that lets you “save” items that are posted on the News Feed. You will be able to save links, news stories, video clips, music and places from the News Feed to be viewed later. Your saved items will be kept private, unless you decide to share them. Facebook will sometimes show you reminders for the saved items if you do not look at them for a while.
To save something that you see on Facebook, click on the “Save” button in the bottom-right of a post or click the down-arrow icon at the top right of the item and select “Save”:
You can save items that are from a Facebook Page by clicking on the “More” icon and selecting “Save.”
When you save items on Facebook, it will appear in the “Saved” section of the mobile app and the “Saved Items” section on the left-side navigation area of Facebook.com. You will be able to view the saved items by category or click on “All” to see everything that you have saved.
After you are done with the saved item, you can archive or permanently delete it. To archive the item, click the “X” on the top-right corner of the post. To permanently delete it, click the “More” icon and select “Delete.”
The items that were previously saved on your “About” page can now be found in the “Saved Items” folder, which only you can see. This may include your favorite movies, TV shows and books.
This is what the reminder feature will look like:
On the mobile version of Facebook, you will be able to archive and share posts by swiping right:
This feature will be useful for keeping Facebook users engaged and getting them to come back often. Generally people save items that they find on Facebook by bookmarking it on the web browser, opening it in a new tab, pinning it on Pinterest, storing it on Evernote or e-mailing it. Twitter TWTR -0.48% already had a similar feature implemented called “Favorites” for content that users want to store and check on later. The addition of a bookmarking feature on Facebook just seems natural.
The “Saved” item feature will be rolled out over the next few days for every Facebook user on desktop and mobile platforms.
#2 Introducing On This Day: A New Way to Look Back at Photos and Memories on Facebook
People often look back at old photos and other memories they’ve shared on Facebook, and many have told us that they enjoy products and features that make this easier.
Today we’re announcing On This Day, a new way to look back at things you have shared and posts you’ve been tagged in on Facebook. Only you can see your On This Day page.
On This Day shows content from this date in the past. For example, you might see past status updates, photos, posts from friends and other things you’ve shared or been tagged in – from one year ago, two years ago, and so on. Only you will see this content unless you decide to share it with your friends.
To see your On This Day page, you can click on the On This Day bookmark, search for “On This Day,” or visit facebook.com/onthisday. You might also see a story in your News Feed.
Once on the page, you can choose to subscribe to notifications so you’ll be alerted when you have memories to look back on. You can also edit and delete old posts, or decide to share your memories with friends.
#3 ‘GIF’ Facebook Profile Pic
Facebook has rolled out its new mobile profile options for some lucky users, and if you’re among them, it means you have access to the new GIF-like profile pictures.
You won’t know you have the new profile unless you go check your profile on the mobile app (right now, it’s available for iOS only). Hit the “More” tab, then select your name to head to your profile. If you have the new creative suite, you’ll immediately notice your profile picture sitting in the middle of the page. There will be a prompt asking if you want to add a new summary bio—hit edit and enter whatever emoji (or, you know, words) your heart desires.
Onto what matters: Your looping profile video. There should be an icon flashing between the camera and the video symbol on your profile picture. Hit that and choose whether you want to take a video or upload one.
Videos can only be seven seconds, so you’re best off going to your gallery beforehand and editing something down (or taking a new video). If you have a new iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, then this is the perfect opportunity to show off Live Photos.
The only other thing left to do with your fancy new profile is add your featured photos. Below the About Me section, you will see five spaces for photos of your choosing.
While all of this is viewable across Facebook, it’s only edit-able via the mobile app. But don’t worry, it will still show up via the web app—here’s what it will look like:
#4 Add a Location to Facebook
Adding location to Facebook is a great way to bring your Facebook marketing to a local level and promote your Facebook page for free. It allows you to connect and interact with customers who are in and around your area. Letting people know where you are also encourages communication at a more intimate level and invites greater engagement. Plus, users who are seeking out posts pertaining to their town or city will easily be able to find your post after using the search bar, so your post may gain traction much more quickly.
You may be asking, “How do I add a location to Facebook?” Thankfully, it’s a lot easier than it sounds, and we’ve got a handy guide (with screenshots!) detailing how to add location to Facebook—regardless of what you’re posting!
Add Location to Facebook Photo
If you are posting a photo, particularly a photo of an event, you may wish to tag it with a location so that viewers know where the photo was taken. People always want to know where an event is being held for example, as the event’s proximity to them will influence whether they go or not.
To add a location to a photo, navigate to the photo. Then tap the “Add Location” button.
You can either choose your location by tapping on it, or by typing in the name of your location in the search bar that will appear with the pop-up. Then press “Done” or “Done Editing.”
Add Location to a Facebook Post
How to add a new location on Facebook? You can add a location to a status or post to tell people where you are or where you’re going. You can let your audience know that you’re a at a specific place, such as a conference hall or park, or simply inform them of your general vicinity, such as the city you are posting from. If you are going somewhere, you can also add the location you are going to. This will display as “traveling to X.” To add a location to a post is quite simple.
First, write your post. In that same box, click the Location button.
#5 Articles with this little lightning bolt load natively in Facebook, which typically means they load faster with fewer ads
Facebook Instant Articles are native to the social network, which means that they load directly in the Facebook iPhone app with a clean, minimal layout. Dozens of media outlets are sharing Instant Articles, and Facebook claims that stories published in its format load up to ten times faster.
If a story is an Instant Article, you’ll see a little lightning icon in the top right of its header photo.
As a Facebook user, do you think this feature will be useful for you? How often do you think you would use it: every day or a few times per week? Let us know in the comments.