Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Introducing Workplace by Facebook – social networking for business

Facebook has launched its workplace version of its social networking app and website to all businesses. Workplace by Facebook, (formerly known as Facebook at Work) has been in testing with a few organisations for more than a year.

Workplace by Facebook is like the regular social networking with friends and family, except this time, it is with colleagues at the workplace.

Now, more than 1,000 organizations around the world use Workplace and people have created nearly 100,000 groups. some of these companies include large multinational companies like Danone, Starbucks and Booking.com, international nonprofits such as Oxfam, and regional leaders such as YES Bank in India and the Government Technology Agency of Singapore.

The company revealed via a blog post that India, the US, Norway, UK and France were the top five countries using Workplace.

Some of the features on Workplace by Facebook include basic infrastructure such as News Feed, or the ability to create and share in Groups or via chat, or useful features such as Live, Reactions, Search and Trending posts.

Facebook has also built unique, Workplace-only features that companies can benefit from such as a dashboard with analytics and integrations with single sign-on, in addition to identity providers that allow companies to more easily integrate Workplace with their existing IT systems.

Facebook also announced Multi-Company Groups, shared spaces that allow employees from different organizations to work together, to extend collaboration beyond your company in a safe and secure way. These will be rolling out to all customers in the coming weeks.

However unlike the regular Facebook, businesses that want to make use of Workplace must pay – businesses paying $1 to $3 per user.

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