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6 Smart Ways To Use the Facebook Save Button

6 Smart Ways To Use the Facebook Save Button

Facebook recently introduced a new save feature to their service that allows you to save links for later viewing. It is clearly designed to compete with features like Save to Evernote or the application Pocket. It’s available on both the mobile and desktop versions of the site (and the apps!) and you can find it by clicking the little arrow at the top right corner of any post with a link. If you’re wondering how to use it or some fun uses for the Facebook Save button, we’ll outline some ideas here!

1. Save it to read later

Sometimes you’re just browsing around waiting for something to happen. You may be in line at the movie theater or at a restaurant. You may see a fun link you want to follow and engage with but it’s almost your turn. You can use the Save button to save the link so you can view it later when you have more time. You may also want to wait to share something until later (waiting until a friend saw a movie to share your favorite movie review). Facebook’s Save feature’s primary function is to let you save it to read later and that’s a good user for it.

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2. Bookmark your favorite stuff

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    As a blogger, my bookmarks are ridiculous. There are probably a thousand links in my bookmarks that range from everything to reference material to gif websites. Not everyone is a blogger but everyone has stuff they wish they’d bookmarked. Facebook Save isn’t just good for saving things to read later but it’s also good just for saving things on a more permanent basis. If you found a link you just can’t live life without, why not save it to Facebook and have it whenever you need it?

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    3. Create a playlist or wishlist of music

    Since Facebook also lets you save music, you can use it to compile a list of new (or old if you’re into that) music for you to purchase or look more into later. There is a lot of music out there and between your friends recommending you stuff, new stuff coming out, and things like Pandora, it’s difficult to keep up with them all. You can use the Facebook save button to create a wishlist and playlist to help you remember to check out that new band.

    4. Save event locations to share later

    Who hasn’t been in this situation? You’re getting ready to go somewhere and someone has told you where it was before and you simply forgot. You can now save locations using the save button and that means you’ll never forget where an event is again. That is, as long as it’s shared somewhere on Facebook!

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    5. View stuff on different platforms

    Despite the fact that it’s 2014, there are still a lot of sites that aren’t mobile friendly. They have a lot of un-optimized pieces, it doesn’t load well on mobile, and it’s a real pain to make it look good. Use the Facebook Save button to save it in the Facebook app so that you can view the page in all its glory the next time you’re on a laptop or desktop.

    6. Eventually, you may create a collection for your friends to use

    For the time being, the saved stuff is private unless you decide to share it. However, we live in the digital age and Facebook is working as hard as it can to make everything you do public anyway. There’s a chance this feature will evolve into something your friends can view (anyone remember Notes?). Why not have a nice selection of awesome stuff for them to eventually, probably see?

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    It’s a brand new feature so there are probably some things that need worked out. We’re sure they’ll add new features and make it easier to save things. Of course, the feature could get cancelled altogether. If that’s the case, enjoy it while you can! It’s not the world’s most useful tool, but it can be quite helpful sometimes.

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    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

    1. Zoho Notebook
      If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
    2. Evernote
      The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
    3. Net Notes
      If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
    4. i-Lighter
      You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
    5. Clipmarks
      For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
    6. UberNote
      If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
    7. iLeonardo
      iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
    8. Zotero
      Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

    I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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    In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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