On Monday October 10th, Facebook announced the rollout of their newest service called Workplace. To put it in laymen’s terms, Facebook has taken its basic framework that you use every day and transformed it into a business platform that any company or organization can use to communicate internally. Via Facebook’s press release, here are some of the features that come with the new platform:
“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.”
Another added benefit from Workplace is the unique analytics and integrations Facebook has incorporated:
“We’ve also built unique, Workplace-only features that companies can benefit from such as 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.”
As you can see, everything that you’ve grown accustomed to using with Facebook on an almost daily basis, has been transitioned into a platform that you can use within your company or organization. Why is this significant? There are many communication software platforms that are available out there for large companies and organizations that allow them to communicate, share files etc. internally. The problem is that many of these platforms can be costly, in addition to needing to take precious time to train employees the in’s and out’s of it. Many of us know Facebook by this point like the back of our hand, and being able to use it now in a business function, and at a reasonable rate, takes out that dynamic of a third-party software entirely.
You can learn more about Workplace through Facebook’s press release, or by visiting the Workplace by Facebook website which gives you a video introduction that tells you what the platform is all about.