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Use 'Facebook At Work'

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The advent of Facebook and the internet introduced plenty more ways to procrastinate at work: quickly check Facebook while your boss isn't looking. Work is the best place to find ways to look through your friends' pictures without being noticed. I've heard some people even go to the toilet to check their Facebook. While most employers would try and get their employees to check Facebook as little as possible, the social media network giants themselves use it to facilitate communication within the company.
According to one Facebook employee, they use Facebook groups and messages to talk about ongoing projects. This is because communication via Facebook message or Facebook groups is a lot easier and quicker than via E-mail. However, do you really want all your colleagues or senior staff on Facebook? Viewing every little embarrassing picture your friends may upload of you? 

Didn't think so.

Well good news! According to some rumours, Facebook could be developing a version of its social media network for work, aptly called 'Facebook At Work'. This update would let you to separate your personal account from your work one, meaning that your colleagues would be protected from viewing pictures from another crazy Saturday night. 

Not only would the 'at work version' help keep your personal and work Facebook life separate, it would also enable you to share documents, work on them together and also chat with co-workers. Facebook would then be competing with other tech giants such as Google and Microsoft. Indeed, you can already share documents and work on them together via Google Drive. And you can chat to colleagues at work pretty easily using Skype.
Facebook At Work does seem to have one major flaw: wouldn't using Facebook At Work push people to actually connect to their personal accounts more? People that would usually condemn Facebook in the workplace would suddenly sanction using it? Doesn't really make much sense.

Facebook has neither confirmed nor denied that they are developing Facebook At Work. 


Laura is a recent graduate from University of East Anglia in Film and Television Studies, currently interning as a content writer but hoping to one day live off her writing. Follow her @LauraAtSMF.

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Use 'Facebook At Work' Reviewed by Laura Veit on Monday, November 17, 2014 Rating: 5
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