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Facebook Rolls Out Workplace Platform

By piranha

13th October 2016

This week, social media giant Facebook has released its very own workplace platform. Using Facebook at Work, colleagues will be able to communicate, live stream important events and share ideas internally.

These accounts will be kept completely separate from your personal account, so you don’t have to worry about your colleagues seeing your photos and posts.

The company will also be rolling out “Multi-Company Groups” in the coming weeks, which will allow users to collaborate with other businesses.

In a blog post, Facebook said; “We’ve brought the best of Facebook to the workplace — whether it’s 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.”

“This means you can chat with a colleague across the world in real time, host a virtual brainstorm in a Group, or follow along with your CEO’s presentation on Facebook Live.”

Although the work platform will have similar features to your own Facebook, there will also be many exclusive business features. These will include “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.”

One group that will definitely benefit from this service is remote workers. These people spend most of their time away from the office but still need to catch up with others in the business. Facebook at Work can be accessed on desktop and mobile, meaning that wherever you are in the world you can chat to your colleagues in real-time.

Facebook has spent the past two years testing the platform with 1,000 organisations including RBS, Oxfam and the government of Singapore.

If you decide that you want to start using this service, there will be a subscription fee. After the free 3-month trial period, you will be required to pay $3 a month for each employee.

However, there are financial incentives for bigger businesses. Companies with 1,000-10,000 employees will have to pay $2 per person and any with more than 10,000 employees will only need to pay $1.

Would you consider using Facebook at Work instead of email? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter.

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