Facebook is working on a new career social network - to rival LinkedIn - that would allow users to keep their personal profile separate from their professional account, it has been reported.
The website, with the iconic blue and white theme, could enable users to chat with colleagues, connect with work contacts and collaborate on documents as with Google Drive and Microsoft applications.
The company is said to be building the network in the hope that employers will allow "Facebook at Work" - as the project is currently called - as many block or discourage workers from accessing the original site during business hours.
New users are also believed to potentially benefit from their clients and senior colleagues not being able to scroll through their non-professional information such as their opinionated status updates and personal photos.
“The new site will look very much like Facebook – with a newsfeed and groups – but will allow users to keep their personal profile with its holiday photos, political rants and silly videos separate from their work identity,” reported the Financial Times.
10 facts you didn’t know about Facebook
10 facts you didn’t know about Facebook
Around 350 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day, with the site estimating in September last year that users had so far put up more than 250 billion images. That’s 4,000 photos uploaded every second and around 4 per cent of all photos ever taken, according to a study by Nokia.
Facebook’s logo is blue because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colour blind. “Blue is the richest color for me. I can see all of blue," said Zuckerberg in an interview with the New Yorker. The colour is so popular that Facebook’s campus store even sells nail polish in the exact shade named ‘social butterfly blue’.
Zuckerberg's famously low-key wardrobe (either a grey t-shirt or a hoodie) is so that the CEO saves time deciding what to wear each day. However, Zuckerberg is known to dress up when the occasion demands it. For a 2011 event with Barack Obama he showed up in a suit, with the president introducing himself by saying: “I’m Barack Obama and I’m the guy who got Mark to wear a jacket and tie.”
In July 2006 Zuckerberg turned down a $1 billion offer for the site from Yahoo. He was 22 years old at the time and owned 25 per cent of the company. Zuckerberg reportedly turned it down by saying “I don't know what I could do with the money. I'd just start another social networking site. I kind of like the one I already have.” He definitely made the right choice: Facebook is now valued at $135 billion.
A YouGov poll claimed that three-quarter of UK Facebook users' photos showed someone drinking or inebriated. However, the poll did ask users to estimate the number of boozy snaps themselves, and like all things on Facebook, there might have been an element of exaggeration involved.
Facebook operates a bounty hunter program – for bugs. Like many other big technology companies Facebook offers cash rewards to security researchers who point out flaws in the site’s code. The minimum payout is $500 and the largest prize to date has been $33,500.
More than a third of divorce filings in 2011 referenced Facebook, said a survey from UK-based legal firm Divorce Online. The exact figures may be an estimate, but with just under 8 trillion Facebook messages sent in 2013 it’s certain that a substantial body of evidence is to be found on the social network.
Zuckerberg isn’t much of a Twitter fan. Despite having nearly three hundred thousand followers on the service he’s only tweeted 19 times - once in 2012 and the rest in 2009. Although Facebook dwarfs twitter in terms of active users (1 billion compared with 200 million by some accounts) the micro-blogging site handles breaking news better. Facebook has introduced trending topics and hashtags to counter this.
Following the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 Iceland decided to rewrite their constitution using Facebook to solicit suggestions from citizens. Unfortunately, despite this forward thinking approach, the document was killed by politicians in mid-2013 for various (mostly technical) reasons.
You can browse Facebook upside down. Facebook currently supports more than 70 different languages – including English (Pirate) and English (Upside Down). Check the bottom of the column on the right of your newsfeed and click your current language to change!
The service is believed to be made free-of-charge initially with advertising revenue funding the operation. The company was reported to be worth $200 billion in September.
Facebook, headed by Mark Zuckerberg with more than 1 billion people signed up worldwide, is said to be now building the site in their London offices and trialling a pilot service with companies ahead of its launch in the near future.
It is not yet known when the launch will go ahead and Facebook have yet to reply to the Independent's request for comment.
"Obviously it is very early to tell what Facebook’s overall plans are for 'Facebook at Work', but it definitely has the potential to not only drive its own business forward, but also that of its advertisers.
"Firstly, it will make Facebook more relevant," said Ashley Smith, strategy director of media agency Carat.
Facebook was founded in 2004 as a university-only social network before expanding its client base to 1.35 billion active monthly users worldwide, as of September this year.Reuse content