Facebook at Work to launch next month

A work version of Facebook might be coming to your office soon.

The social media giant started testing Facebook at Work last year and is scheduled to the launch the new service next month, a source familiar with the matter told SiliconBeat. Facebook plans to charge a subscription fee based on the number of employees who use the site, the source said, noting it’s in line with how rivals Slack and Yammer price their products.

The new service is similar to a user’s personal Facebook, but employees would only interact with people within their company. Initially, Facebook said it was going to release a free version of the product and then charge extra for additional features.

In an interview with The Information, which reported this story earlier, Facebook at Work director Julien Codorniou said he had confidence that the new service “would get employees engaged.” He declined to disclose the subscription prices.

I wrote about Facebook at Work last year when the product was being piloted by more than 100 businesses, including Stella & Dot. Now more than 450 companies have been testing the product for free.

Experts said at the time that Facebook, which is known as a place to share vacation photos, selfies and personal thoughts, will have to convince companies that it can foster more collaboration than procrastination. Some businesses might be more open to the idea than others.

Facebook will get more of a sense of how useful this product is to these companies once it starts charging them to use the service next month.

Photo: Stella & Dot’s Meera Bhatia (left), vice president of product, and Christy Dinges, vice president of people, check their Facebook at Work page at their office in San Bruno, Calif., Monday afternoon, Sept. 28, 2015. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

 

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