Here’s Facebook Workplace
With the purpose to expand Facebook beyond a network of friends, the company has launched a new business version of Facebook called Workplace. A large number of organizations use the tool called as Facebook at Work. Now, it unveils Workplace that resembles the features of the main app. Facebook Workplace allows the users to post about their work, follow colleagues’ updates, discuss projects in groups and more. Facebook also mentions that the Workplace accounts are ad-free and are different from the personal Facebook accounts of the users. It is available as an app for mobile devices and also for the desktop.
“The workplace is about more than just communicating between desks within the walls of an office. Some people spend their entire workday on the go, on their mobile phone. Others spend all day out in the field, or on the road. We’ve been amazed by the breadth of organizations who’ve embraced Workplace — from a shipping company that can now connect with their ship crews using Live video, to a bank that now uses Workplace instead of fax machines and newsletters to share updates with its distributed bank branches,” says the official post.
Facebook Workplace can be used as an online bulletin board for company announcements and events. In addition, they can also organize Facebook Groups. There are options to message or call colleagues and to watch live stream discussion with top executives.
When it comes to business messaging, Facebook has lot many competitors ranging from Slack to Microsoft Yammer to Jive and more. The look and feel of the Workplace is exactly similar to the Facebook account ranging from News Feeds, the ability to create and share in groups to useful features like Live, Reactions and more. You will be able to chat with colleague across the world in real-time.
Facebook Workplace aims to create a new revenue stream for Facebook. While the tool is free for non-profits and educational institutions, but other organizations need to pay a monthly rate based on the number of active users. As far as the fee is concerned, businesses pay $3 per employee for first 1,000 employees and $1 per employee for 1,001 to 10,000 users. Companies having active monthly users more than 10,000 will pay $1 per employee. The service includes unlimited photo and video storage as well as unlimited groups.
Facebook Workplace had been in beta testing since last year and there are more than 1,000 businesses globally already using Workplace.
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