Workplace by Facebook

Connect everyone in your company and turn ideas into action

#2 Product of the WeekOctober 10, 2016


  • Dominik KugelmannI show CEOs how to work form their phone

    Great, familiar design and use for your team. If you into feed based collaboration you should check it out


    The chat feature needs to ramp up it's features quickly to get on par with industry standards.

    If you are working for a company that has multiple topics at the same time running in the one department/team thinking about a feed based collaboration could be a good option.

    With Workplace you can organise your team in groups and discuss projects/topics via the comments on a post. This could help your team stay on topic and don't get distracted by another random comment in your chat history.

    The (news) feed based way of communicating (FB) can work well for slow moving tasks or project overviews. I feel like a company with more than 50ppl could start to make real use of this kind of work.

    The FB messenger really isn't on par with any of the major business chat's out their. So don't switch to FB if you really just wanna chat with your guys. You could, however, use it to supplement your Slack usage with some company feeds. But then you should save the money and use G+ which comes free with your G Suite subscription.

    The pricing however is attractive. Starting at a about a dollar a month and employee it's way below industry average.

    Dominik Kugelmann has used this product for one month.
  • RJ Lewis DigitalRJ Lewis, Digital Consultant

    It's a familiar interface if you use Facebook


    I did not like that I had to bifurcate to use this tool. I get why, but not all teams are enterprise teams.

    I have one team that is very tethered to email and at first blush Workplace from FB seemed like a good way to ease them into real collaboration with a familiar interface. I would still recommend it, but would have liked the option to interface with workplace from my existing account.

    RJ Lewis Digital has used this product for one month.


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Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Looks like a better version of Yammer, very different from Slack despite people making the comparison.
Louis Galipeau@muloka · Product Manager / DJ
@rrhoover and related products says Slack
mountainmatt@mountainmatt · CTO Konsiderate
@rrhoover Yammer never really worked for me. I'm also a little apprehensive about associating my facebook account (which is keep largely private for family and friends) to my identity at work.
Hoan Do@hoandesign · UX Designer, PPCLINK MOBILE
@rrhoover We need a Q&A with Workplace Director :D
chinozc@chinozc · Next Media Agency
@rrhoover I thought it was like slack but reading your comment maybe we could use slack and Workplace at the same time.
erwin blom@erwblo · @TIStv / @Fastmoving / @stek_io
@rrhoover Slack is communication for the tech savvy people, FB At Work will work for the rest of us ;-)
Derek Bytheway@derekbtw · Software Engineer
Our company has been on Facebook at Work for almost a year now and nobody ever uses it which is really disappointing considering we have over 350 employees.
Mahieddine Cherif@mahieddinech · Software engineer
@derekbtw like every entreprise social network... employees must be willing to use it, you can't simply put in a place a tool and expect your employees to use it
Hoan Do@hoandesign · UX Designer, PPCLINK MOBILE
@cherifmahiedine Any tool need an usecase. Your company maybe don't need a social tool. Everything is sales, phone and emails.
Derek Bytheway@derekbtw · Software Engineer
@cherifmahiedine well we WOULD use it but there's no way of incorporating it into any kind of dashboard you already have. We have a dashboard that all employees use daily to look at sales records, inventory, and data input applications within. If they let you import your own tools, that would actually be very useful. But as for now, it's literally just a fork of Facebook.
Hoan Do@hoandesign · UX Designer, PPCLINK MOBILE
@derekbtw I think Workplace should add an internal CRM tool that can cover all your emails and sales. I found that not everything could change in one night. They want to kill emails but how to connect with clients and customers that do not have a Workplace account at their companies. And old emails and phone still live.
Jim Canto@jimcanto · Freedom hunter. Citizen dev. Solopreneur
@derekbtw Automotive is also way behind in general. Really tough to get user adoption in a low digital literacy environment. (Yours sounds more advanced than what I'm experiencing... kudos.) I'm attempting to sneak Ryver (Slack competitor.. and I'm not a fan of their mktg) because of it's layout.. and because I can collaborate with external vendors using private teams. Internal adoption is going very slow. Though, admittedly, I'm layering it in covertly. Does this Facebook feature provide a way to collaborate with external vendors privately... but within the interior walls of the group?
Ben TossellPro@bentossell · newCo
Facebook vs Slack (#TeamSlack) This is the TechCrunch article of the announcement (I get that Slack is the easiest 'comparison' to make in this space where it isn't tackling the same thing) Here is Zuckerbergs post on it:
chinozc@chinozc · Next Media Agency
@bentossell #TeamSlack
Andreas Mitschke@andmitsch · I own a computer
Resembles wrike a bit. Slack seems far from this as slack is "easy" on the eyes and pretty tidied up. What I always wonder, where is the impact of the numerous UX designers, researchers and other interaction designers in facebook products. Every FB product feels so rough, dusted and totally not en par with today's startup products in terms of visual appeal. Anyways, I wished for this around 4 years ago, today, meh I'm locked-in in other established products.
Hoan Do@hoandesign · UX Designer, PPCLINK MOBILE
@andmitsch Many old people in large size companies. Facebook needs a design that is good for all. And I think they did well.
Andreas Mitschke@andmitsch · I own a computer
@hoandesign Broad audience reach has never been a sufficient argument against design evolution and daring design progress. It's the perfect formula for stagnation and security. Wonder how the iPhone would look like if they'd said "Wait, but we can't change the size, because we have a certain audience that is used to it". Questionable at best...
Hoan Do@hoandesign · UX Designer, PPCLINK MOBILE
@andmitsch It's not fast as we think. Why does emails still work now? It's good enough. We have many clients in our country Vietnam just said hate to whitespace, line icons and event flat design. It makes the design clean but all they think is waste of space and too simple, too lazy.
Some Guy@ghobs91 · Head Of Winging It, Denarri
Eh. Seems like just another "me too" play by Facebook. The design is too similar to regular Facebook and users won't be able to remove the mental connection between the two. Looks like a glorified FB group with business-y beige background.