When I’m racing around online and want to keep something to read or re-read later, I often save it to Instapaper. But that’s historically been a less-than-enjoyable process when needing to grab a post/tweet. And saving anything off Instagram? Forget it…or resort to hoping you can save it to Pinterest. (I don’t know about anyone else, but the copy and post option works about half the time for me.)
But over the last few weeks, we’ve gained the ability to save posts for later within the app itself without leaving the app. Yes, we have to remember we saved something and go deal with it, but I’ve made it part of my habits and it’s proven a good way to grab something to read or use later (often landing in Instapaper once I decide it’s useful).
So…saving something for later on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram…by platform.
You’ve seen people admitting their leaving a comment solely so they can find the post later. (Those commenting, “Following”, may want the notifications, but if not…pay attention.) In the upper right hand corner of every Facebook post are three little dots. When you click on those dots, a menu drops down, offering you several contextual choices, including “Save [media]”. When you select this option, Facebook stores the link/video/etc along with the source post to a folder in your sidebar labeled “Saved”. When you’re done, you can close the item in the Saved folder and it will remove itself from the folder.
No more “Following”. Got it. Cool.
After years of being very frustrating on this point, Twitter has finally given us a bookmark feature…on the app. The website doesn’t connect at all with this feature, but I’m hopeful it will catch up. Using this feature has been a little counterintuitive for me. In the row of buttons under the tweet, click on the Share button. (On my phone, it looks like <. On yours, it may look like an inbox.) A menu appears with an option to share to Bookmarks, which you then access by going to Bookmarks in the app menu. When you’re done with the bookmark, you click on the Share button on the post and select the option to remove the bookmark.
This one is also somewhat recent, but each post on Instagram has buttons under the picture. One of them looks like a little banner. Click on it, and you can either be done or you can add the picture to a collection (because you can curate private collections on Instagram). To access these images, go to your profile and click on the little banner below your bio. Every image you’ve saved will be sitting there in the grid format Instagram is famous for. To unsave the image, you can just click on the little banner again. What’s really nice about saving posts on Instagram is that you can access them from the website (when it’s working), unlike Twitter.
There you go. Saving posts on three major social networks. Feel free to come back to this post eight months from now and point and laugh. (I do that sometimes to my older posts that are now nothing but an archive of deprecated tech.)