Facebook Testing New Features That Could Smother Some Little Guys

on Wednesday, Nov. 27th

Facebook is getting into the “read-it-later” game, apparently.

From AllThingsD:

The company is testing a feature that would allow users to save links shared inside Facebook to a list for later reading, according to recently surfaced mobile screenshots. The functionality is quite similar to the popular apps Pocket and Instapaper.

News junkies and other internet power users love this kind of service, even if it means creating lists of articles that just build up to the point of becoming a stack of shame. Don’t ask to look at my lists. It is not pretty.)

While the obvious question is “Why would Facebook bother?” the equally obvious answer is “ad money, yo.”

As an early-adopter of Instapaper I can say this much: I find myself using the Reading List on Apple’s Safari a lot more these days as my “go-to” reading reminder. Instapaper has been relegated in my own workflow to the status of “long-form article boneyard.” I wish it were otherwise, but it’s true.

This could actually work out for Facebook as a “lazyweb” feature. Beyond that, who knows what kind of crazy monetization Zuckerberg & Co. could come up with for this.

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