This year, Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday and in a blog back in February I discussed the huge impact that the social networking site had made on enterprise technology. Now, according to reports, Facebook is planning its own foray into the enterprise and has a team of engineers busily working away on its workplace-friendly site “Facebook at Work”. The product will apparently allow you to chat with your colleagues, collaborate on documents and connect with professional contacts.

While Facebook has had a positive impact on enterprise technology as a whole, driving it to become more user-friendly and bring together content, conversations and people, is the workplace ready for “Facebook at Work”? I’d certainly say “no” and there are a number of reasons why.

Firstly, while Facebook is clearly a productivity killer for the 23 per cent of people surveyed by, the social networking site has been banned by banking, government, and other organizations worldwide for exactly this reason.


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