Facebook launches Workplace, a version of Facebook aimed at businesses,Â nonprofits and other organizations. The platform is ad-free and not connected to users’ existing Facebook accounts. Instead, businesses sign up as an organization and pay a monthly fee based on the number of users and type of organization.
Workplace features group chats, video calls, live video and a news feed, much like the regular Facebook.
Workplace was called Facebook at Work and has been in a private pilot program for 18 months. The tool is based on an internal service that the company’s own employees have used.
Pricing is competitive; Workplace will cost $3 US per user per month for under 1000 users, $2 US for 1001-10000 users , and $1 US for more than 10,000 monthly users. There’s no word of an unlimited site version yet.
Slack, a similar messaging and collaboration platform costs $6.67 per user per month for a standard version; an enterprise version is still in the works.
More information is available atÂ https://workplace.fb.com/.
Satire begets reality, I suppose. The Onion had an article about a company shutting down their internal mail system and using Facebook, since people were on it all day anyway.