Most people already use Facebook at work, however, the company has announced the launch of a business version of the social network, that would help you do some actual work, instead of scrolling your news feeds for cat memes at office hours.
Previously called, ‘Facebook at Work’, the rechristened ‘Workplace’ is designed for workplace communication and collaboration, something that Slack and similar products have been offering for years.
It includes features such as live video, work chat, trending posts, analytics and other tools. Workplace also allows companies to create “Multi-company groups” so employees from different organisations can work together. Facebook claims, over 100,000 such groups are currently operational. Workplace is also separated from an user’s personal Facebook, which means, you can keep your work and personal life strictly separate.
Workplace is a subscription product, with businesses paying $3 for 1,000 monthly active users, $2 for 1,001 – 10,000 monthly active users and $1 for 10,000+ monthly active users. Basically, the more active users an organization has, the less they pay per user. And it’s free for nonprofits and educational institutions.
Facebook always had an internal work-specific version of the app, but started testing ‘Facebook at Work’, with a few other organizations over a year ago. According to the company, more than 1,000 organizations use Workplace now, compared to 450 organizations just 6 months ago, and 100 organizations about a year ago.
“People have created nearly 100,000 groups and the top five countries using Workplace are India, the US, Norway, UK and France,” the company said.
Some of the Indian organisations, using the product include Yes Bank, Vision India Foundation, and Larsen & Tourbo among others.
You can sign up for Workplace at: workplace.fb.com.