Social networking giant Facebook is working on building a network for professionals to help them connect with colleagues and other related persons and collaborate on work-related documents, media reports said.
The world’s number 1 web-based social network, which enjoys a monthly user base of 1.35 billion people, is conducting a test on a version of its website meant for the workplace collaboration.
The service, which is dubbed as ‘Facebook at Work’, will allow the users to exchange messages as well as share work-related documents with the help of scrolling news feed of the Facebook and other related features of Facebook’s consumer version.
According to the reports, ‘Facebook at Work’ will be equally exciting for the users as its existing social network. The major change between the two Facebook forums will be that the users on the professional version will be able to keep their personal profiles completely separated, reports said.
Apart from this, the users would also be able to converse with colleagues via chat applications just like the existing forum, build massive professional networks and also share the work-related documents and files with each other or within a group.
Sources close to the matter said that the tech company is already using the product internally so as to completely test the project.
Meanwhile, the experts believe that Facebook’s new offing could serve as a big competition to several existing services like Google Drive, LinkedIn and Microsoft Office.
On the other hand, some employers are skeptical about the usefulness and hence the success of the social media at work as such social networking forums are usually banned in the office.
In September 2014, Facebook has recorded 1.35 billion monthly active users. The Facebook shares declined one percent at USD 74.13.