Yesterday, Facebook finally brought their share button to mobile, inserting it into the m.facebook.com interface. Facebook also told us that they would soon bring the share functionality to their mobile apps as well.
Soon was right. Facebook has just updated both their iOS and Android apps to include the share button for news feed stories.
“You can now use the Share button on News Feed stories from your phone whether you’re using the Facebook for Android app, the Facebook for iPhone and iPad app, or the Facebook mobile web site. This gives people a fast way to share stories with friends from their mobile phones, just as they can from their computers,” says Facebook.
The share button isn’t the only thing to ship with the v.5.2 update. Here’s the full list of what’s new:
- New Share link to re-post stories from your news feed
- Tag your friends in any post, comment or photo
- Smileys, hearts and other emoji in messages
- To sort your feed, tap the button next to News Feed in the left sidebar
To be honest, this was a long time coming. It’s been a much-requested feature for some time, and it’s good that Facebook finally made it a priority. Now, Facebook’s version of the “retweet” is available no matter where you are. Be prepared to see a lot more stories from outside your friend network.