Facebook launched a business version of communication tool ‘Workplace’ on Monday. Users opt Facebook as a social media platform to connect with friends and family. It performs the same with coworkers in an office.
The company had an internal version of their app which is helping to run their internal activities over the years. Now, this separate version of communication tool aims in helping you to do actual work instead of catching up on other stuff.
This new workplace is an exclusive add-free platform for businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations. People with existing Facebook accounts cannot connect with workplace and are available only on monthly fee-based sign-up for a group based on the number of users. However, it is absolutely free for educational institutions and nonprofits.
“The tool’s aim is to “connect everyone” in all sorts of workplaces — from desk-bound professionals to on-the-go employees who don’t have email or a computer. Think baristas at a coffee shop, field workers for a disaster-aid charity, salespeople at a clothing store or people making electronics at a factory,” says, Julien Codorniou, head of Workplace at Facebook.
The workplace provides regular Facebook features like news feed, video calls, group chats and live videos. In contrast to Facebook, the background is gray, not blue. The feature enables the user to build profiles and get the updates from their co-workers on their news feed.
The idea is that workplace works in the same way as more than 1.7 billion people are familiar with using Facebook. A pilot run is held on a very small scale on invite basis over the past 18 months, and Organization has used the feature with name Facebook at work. The social network giant claims more than 1000 places use it from the past six months.
This feature is in the works since a longer period. The whole concept is based on the internal service which Facebook employees have been using since the Facebook existence.
Facebook says the Workplace is available worldwide and top five countries using the feature now are India, US, UK, Norway and France. The workplace will charge about $3 per month per user for the first 1000 active users. The cost declines in an increase in the number of users. It’ll cost $2 for 1,001 to 10,000 users and $1 for more than 10,000 monthly users. Facebook also confirms it won’t charge for inactive users.