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I use Pocket to store my found online reading material, some of which is found through friends and followed companies sharing on Facebook.

Using the iOS Facebook app, the current method I use to do this is tediously slow:

  1. Touch link on Newsfeed

  2. Linked page opens in Facebook browser

  3. Open page in Safari

  4. Use Pocket's bookmarklet to save to Pocket

  5. Return to Facebook

  6. Close Facebook's browser to return to Newsfeed

On a 4S this all takes a while to load.

Is there a quicker method?

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Unless you can tell facebook to open links in safari, no there isn't. That is more of a mobile application question, e.g. - are you jailbroken? Have you unlocked the hidden facebook settings? Is it possible to change the default browser for the facebook app? etc. – Raystafarian Mar 27 '14 at 15:34
I see your point, perhaps the wrong forum for this. I am jailbroken, what are these hidden Facebook settings? Thanks. – Mike Thrussell Mar 27 '14 at 19:09… – Raystafarian Mar 27 '14 at 19:11
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Honestly, here's the best way: install Facebook Paper — it allows you to save links to Pocket directly from the app. Plus it has the added benefit of being gorgeous and a much less distracting way to interact with Facebook content.

With most stories, Paper's share menu has an option to send directly to Pocket, and in the rare cases when that option isn't available, you can copy the link directly (rather than opening in a browser).

With a link copied to the iOS clipboard, open the Pocket app and it will prompt you to add the link from your clipboard to your reading list.

You can create more complicated/customized workflows with services like Zapier or IFTTT, but that's an entirely different topic.

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That's brilliant. Never heard if Paper as in the UK, but this nifty little trick allowed me to download it:… – Mike Thrussell Mar 29 '14 at 8:55

I had the same issue, this is how I solved the problem:

  • Open the share menu
  • Select "copy link" option, the url now is copied to the clipboard
  • Switch to Pocket
  • Pocket recognizes that a url has been copied to the clipboard and gives you an option to "add" the url
  • Select the "add" option
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Another solution would be to use the Paste+ clipboard manager ($3.99). This is a widget that lives in your notification center. You can set it up to send clipboard contents to Pocket (or Instapaper, Readability - actually there are a ton of actions).

Thus your new workflow is:

  • Tap Facebook article
  • Share > Copy Link
  • Swipe into Notifiaction Center
  • Tap link, tap Pocket

Not perfect, but I think mildly smoother. No task switching.

I just discovered this method myself, so I am still working out the kinks. For one, it seems certain links are misinterpreted as text, and as such the widget does not let you send to Pocket.

I wonder if there is another app out there that could handle this sort of procedure more elegantly (e.g., a different clipboard manager, or maybe a launcher type widget).

EDIT: Actually you can do this more elegantly using Workflow. Look in the gallery for the "Save to Pocket" workflow.

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