Menu
Here's how Facebook wants to make sharing links easier on mobile

Here's how Facebook wants to make sharing links easier on mobile

A new button in Facebook's iOS app lets users search for and embed articles in their posts

Facebook's link sharing button, on an iPhone 6 on June 25, 2015.

Facebook's link sharing button, on an iPhone 6 on June 25, 2015.

Sharing links with friends in Facebook's mobile app is a pain that requires - gasp - leaving Facebook and copying and pasting URLs. Now there's a feature that simplifies the process.

Facebook has added a new button in its iOS app that appears when you're composing a status update. It appears as a link icon in the lower bar. Tap it, and you'll be able to search for videos, articles and other links that have previously been shared on Facebook. The feature, called "add a link," will let you view the articles and embed one in your status update with a single tap.

It's not clear how many links are in Facebook's database, but they're culled from the company's index of roughly one trillion posts, wrote Facebook engineering manager Tom Whitnah.

"Add a link" came from an idea that was developed during a Facebook hackathon, an event in which engineers and other employees create products and tools outside of their usual work.

The link-sharing feature is currently available in Facebook's iOS app in the U.S. A version for Android and Facebook Messenger is in the works, Whitnah wrote.

The timing is perfect as Facebook begins a new effort to publish outside media companies' articles directly in the News Feed, starting on iOS. The link-sharing feature could help users to spread this content around, keeping users active on Facebook.

Facebook is also trying to more broadly index the variety of content posted to its site. Some of its work here has led to other new features, like the ability to search for past posts.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com


Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobile applicationsInternet-based applications and servicessocial networkingmobilesocial mediainternetFacebook

Featured

Slideshows

Sizing up the NZ security spectrum - Where's the channel sweet spot?

Sizing up the NZ security spectrum - Where's the channel sweet spot?

From new extortion schemes, outside threats and rising cyber attacks, the art of securing the enterprise has seldom been so complex or challenging. With distance no longer a viable defence, Kiwi businesses are fighting to stay ahead of the security curve. In total, 28 per cent of local businesses faced a cyber attack last year, with the number in New Zealand set to rise in 2017. Yet amidst the sensationalism, media headlines and ongoing high profile breaches, confusion floods the channel, as partners seek strategic methods to combat rising sophistication from attackers. In sizing up the security spectrum, this Reseller News roundtable - in association with F5 Networks, Kaspersky Lab, Tech Data, Sophos and SonicWall - assessed where the channel sweet spot is within the New Zealand channel. Photos by Maria Stefina.

Sizing up the NZ security spectrum - Where's the channel sweet spot?
Kiwi channel comes together for another round of After Hours

Kiwi channel comes together for another round of After Hours

The channel came together for another round of After Hours, with a bumper crowd of distributors, vendors and partners descending on The Jefferson in Auckland. Photos by Maria Stefina.​

Kiwi channel comes together for another round of After Hours
Consegna comes to town with AWS cloud offerings launch in Auckland

Consegna comes to town with AWS cloud offerings launch in Auckland

Emerging start-up Consegna has officially launched its cloud offerings in the New Zealand market, through a kick-off event held at Seafarers Building in Auckland.​ Founded in June 2016, the Auckland-based business is backed by AWS and supported by a global team of cloud specialists, leveraging global managed services partnerships with Rackspace locally.

Consegna comes to town with AWS cloud offerings launch in Auckland
Show Comments