Facebook at Work to take on LinkedIn

Facebook at Work is set to launch in the next few months, says a Facebook executive. The service will let you use Facebook at your workplace to connect and interact with co-workers, partners and clients but will still retain 95 per cent of the features that are now available in the social networking site.

"I would say 95 percent of what we developed for Facebook is also adopted for Facebook at Work," said Julien Codorniou, director of global platform partnerships at Facebook.

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Facebook at Work will also include new features like special profiles for companies and individuals and you will also be able to avail premium services like analytics and customer support by paying a few pounds more.

Since corporate data and figures that are not for public consumption will be stored in Facebook at Work, the social networking giant will put new security tools in place to ensure privacy and confidentiality of data is maintained.

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Once launched, Facebook at Work will offer stiff competition to the likes of LinkedIn and Monster Worldwide Inc in the online career market. The service is 'invite-only' at present and a large number of global firms like Royal Bank of Scotland, Heineken and Stella and Dot are using it.

To ensure familiarity and continuity, Facebook at Work will not be too different from the existing template but you may not be able to play games like Farmville and Candy Crush on it, says Facebook. However, you'll still be able to make use of the popular chat service, click likes and view a scrolling news feed on the new site.

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