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Facebook is perhaps the greatest way to while away your time at work, and now Facebook is looking to capitalise on this by making “Facebook at Work” so you can do exactly that: Facebook at work. A new separate network for businesses would bring Facebook into direct competition with business-targeted social network LinkedIn, Google, Microsoft and IBM, which all offer enterprise tools.
According to the Financial Times, Facebook is working on extending its network beyond the social realm and into the professional world.
Facebook at Work will be an enterprise focused tool, but will offer similar functionality to its current site, with a newsfeed, groups and messaging capability. It will also include collaborative tools for work on shared documents. Facebook at Work will be separate from personal accounts, and will have no information from a user’s social profile appearing on his or her professional page, and vice versa.
The enterprise is still in its infancy. Though there has not been confirmation by any Facebook employee, it is rumoured that Facebook at Work is currently being used internally within the company.
This move by Facebook into the business realm is not at all ground-breaking or new, but it will definitely bring a new dimension to the way we work. Google’s Inbox has, in the last few weeks, redefined email use, giving workflow and inboxes a new face. Facebook at Work would similarly redefine social media use, by offering the ability to chat with colleagues, connect with professional contacts and collaborate over documents.