Facebook Launches Facebook at Work, Letting Businesses have Their Own Social Network

January 14, 2015 - Written By Jamil Bryant

Over the years we have seen facebook grow into what we all know as the world’s number one social media giant. Facebook has become our way of connecting with our friends and interacting with them on an intuitive site customized to suit our needs. The social media giant is now taking their beloved site and piloting a program dubbed “Facebook at Work.” The new service will offer businesses familiar facebook tools so their employees can use them for collaboration and messaging. This new service breaks the wall that divides home and work by supplying accustomed features that we use daily, into a service that is only for work.

Android Central reached out to facebook for further questions about the piloted service and got this following statement: “Facebook at Work is a separate experience that gives employees the ability to connect and collaborate efficiently using Facebook tools — many that they’re likely already using such as News Feed, Groups, messages and events. Co-workers can stay in touch with each other in the same way they stay in touch with friends and family via Facebook: Facebook at Work offers the familiar look and feel as Facebook and has the same tools.” In addition to explaining the familiarity, the facebook spokesperson said, “Note that Facebook at Work was created completely for use within a company – that means employees’ Facebook at Work info is safe, secure, confidential and completely separate from their personal Facebook profile. The info shared among employees is only accessible to people in the company.”

As said by facebooks spokesperson, employees are given a separate facebook experience using the same tools used on their personal facebook. Since the service is being used within a business, work information is kept confidential and safe. The piloted program has only been launched for a limited number of companies and there isn’t any word on an expanded test run. Whenever facebook does get their service fully established, they will have to compete with other tech companies that have took to using social media as a ways of communicating within a business. Such competitors include Slack, Microsoft’s Yammer and Google Apps for Business. Do you think facebook has what it takes to enter your company?