Facebook has found a way to creep into your workspace. Facebook at Work, a sobered down version of Facebook is expected to launch in coming months according to a company executive. It has spent a year in testing under an invite programme.
The new service, geared towards workplace collaboration, is nearly identical to its ubiquitous social network, with a scrolling news “feed”, “likes” and a chat service. The bad news is that you won’t be able to play Candy Crush. Oh well.
“I would say 95% of what we developed for Facebook is also adopted for Facebook at Work. You cannot play Candy Crush on Facebook at Work,” Julien Codorniou, director of global platform partnerships at Facebook, told Reuters.
However, Facebook at Work users will maintain special profiles that are distinct from their existing Facebook profiles.
The company is also developing exclusive products for Facebook at Work, including security tools, Codorniou said.
Facebook started beta-testing the service in January and has kept it as a free, “invite-only” service for companies so far.
The service will be open to all companies once launched and Facebook plans to charge “a few dollars per month per user” for premium services such as analytics and customer support, a company spokeswoman said.
The online career market, which includes LinkedIn and Monster, is worth about $6 billion a year, market research firm IDC had said in August.
More than 300 companies, including Heineken, Royal Bank of Scotland and jewellery company Stella and Dot, are using Facebook at Work and Club Mediterranee is set to be the latest adopter.
The French resort company will offer the service to all its 13,000 employees through summer 2016, Anne Browaeys-Level, Club Mediterranee’s chief marketing & digital officer, told Reuters.