A Post Save Method for Social Media Platforms
This post originally appeared on The Archived Blog on 29 July 2014 as How To Save Any Social Media Post And Content for Later; Moving Beyond Facebook’s Save for Later.
My Post Save Methodology
Have you ever come across a post scrolling through your Facebook or Instagram feed you wanted and wondered about saving it for later? Going back and finding it later is near impossible, even with a search feature. There are just too many posts to filter or scroll through. MAYBE if you’re lucky you’ll stumble upon it.
Most days I barely have time to scroll through my feeds, let alone have the time to read or comment on a post I find. (One reason I hear from business owners on why they don’t engage on or curate content from others). Since content is posted at all hours, I’ll skim my feeds throughout the day, saving any that may be of interest. This allows me to effectively manage my time as well as read a post and provide a quality comment if I so choose.
While there are methods specific to each platform and several additional options (an excellent article by Mike Alton for The Social Media Hat on saving Google+ posts), I prefer to leverage my browser’s bookmark tool. The beauty of the method is it’s simplicity. An added benefit: my newly curated posts in one location and I can create folders to organize that content in a manner that works for me. Simply locate a post’s specific URL and bookmark it!
Author’s Note: When I consult with business owners needing help on curating and saving content for use later, I always recommend this method. It’s simple. They’ll already have the browser open, they’re familiar with the bookmark feature and they can easily bookmark social media posts as well as other web pages.
If you want to go a step further, Look at OneNote or Evernote. You can clip or copy the URL and save it to these programs. While there is an extra step, the advantage is the ability to add notes for later reference, either when saved or after reading. It’s not my preferred method, even for myself though I do clip URLs to save in OneNote. Much of my finds come from scrolling on a mobile device. It’s far faster for me to simply open the link in a browser and bookmark it. I can always go back to OneNote and save what I find useful with notes later, deleting the rest.
Finding the URL in a Social Media Post
Facebook, Google+ and Twitter
You’ll either be able to click (or right click) on the timestamp to open the post in a new tab or window. The Full URL will be in the address bar. If you choose to save the links externally (see author’s note below), you can right click and simply copy the URL to paste it.
Pinterest and Instagram
These services make the process simplier. Just click on the image to open it up in a new window The URL will be in your browser’s address bar.
UPDATE: The method still works but if you want to actually pin your Instagram image, things do now get a little trickier. It seems as if Instagram has decided to make sharing an issue. As of this weekend I discovered it wasn’t possible to pin an Instagram image or schedule a pin via Tailwind. Doing so now requires a 3rd party program link Ink361.
For Pulse articles the actual article will open with the full URL in the browser. Just bookmark it. It gets more difficult for status updates in your feed. In your feed most of the status update will either include a link or an image. Obviously saving the link is straightforward. For images you can simply right click and one in a new tab to reveal the image’s specific URL.
The one downside to this method on LinkedIn? There is no ability later to reference the exact post or individual who posted it. You’ll have the content to read but it will be difficult at best to engage with the person or business that shared it. Since much of the content I save is for the ability to interact with the individual posting the content, I’ll try to take a few moments to respond to LinkedIn status updates when I see them rather than save them.
How do you save social media posts for later reading? Is there a platform I missed or should add?
I’d love your thoughts on saving or curating content you find on social sites. You can comment below or you can find this discussion and comment on Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Facebook or simply Tweet your thoughts!
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