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Dan Hinmon, MCSMN Director
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Facebook Set to Launch ‘Facebook at Work’ Next Month

Posted by @DanHinmon, Sep 28, 2016

Facebook at Work is a commercial version of Facebook, with an enclosed, private network for your business.

The main pitch for the platform is this: why use Slack or Yammer or other enterprise solutions for your company which require in-depth training when your employees are already familiar with Facebook and its various functions?

Thanks to @cbushrn for pointing us to this article.

It’s a separate app and a separate platform for employees and work-related discussion – businesses will have a contained work space, where employees will have to be logged in to interact, with their personal Facebook accounts and discussions kept separate from the process.

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Carol Bush
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Posted by @cbushrn, Sep 28, 2016

Do you think their ears were burning as we’ve been talking about this topic? LOL One question on Twitter after I shared this was…what might the definition of ‘workplace’ be? Like Yammer…where ppl need to have the same ‘work’ email address? I think it will be interesting.


Dan Hinmon, MCSMN Director
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Posted by @DanHinmon, Sep 28, 2016

Good question, @cbushrn. Also – might this be where “groups” end up down the road? We’ve wondered for a long time how long Facebook would support a format that brings little or no revenue to the company.


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Posted by @MeganRowe, Sep 28, 2016

Veeeery interesting. I occasionally (like once a year) talk with departments interested in creating a work Facebook group. My argument is always, what about the employees who DON’T use Facebook…even if there’s only 1 in a group of 10…are they missing out?

People who don’t use FB often have a very negative opinion of it and a very strong desire to keep work entirely separate from personal. And hospitals have a history of trying to keep work separate from personal, between firewalls and security systems that make accessing stuff from a non-work computer harder, to wage policies that require nurses to clock in and out. At our organization, which is also very into reviewing contracts/click-throughs carefully, I think managers and procurement are comfortable paying for carefully-negotiated account agreements and forcing people to use them. I don’t think they’d be so comfortable with FB as a project management or employee communication system.


Carol Bush
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Posted by @cbushrn, Sep 28, 2016

First –@DanHinmon I’d hate to see groups go to paid…how the heck would all the non profits & patient communities share? 🙁 And @MeganRowe — I agree, many healthcare orgs would see barriers….and I totally get the FB negative opinions…I am married to a FB hater. LOL I think it would be interesting to hear from the beta orgs how the process went…wonder who all was in that mix?


David Grayson
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Posted by @sasanof, Oct 7, 2016

Thanks Dan – it was featured on the first #Hootcast recently https://blog.hootsuite.com/digital-transformation-rbc-ceo/
Have any members been involved in the beta testing?

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