Workplace by Facebook

Connect everyone in your company and turn ideas into action

#2 Product of the WeekOctober 10, 2016


  • 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 Hoover@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 ;-)
Steve Messer@stevenjmesser · Product Manager @ Porism
@mountainmatt That would be the biggest turn-off for me, but I can see it working in other industries that rely on those bonds. Music promotion, for example.
Tun Win Naing@twnaing · Project Manager, Sys-City Co., Ltd.
@rrhoover that is also what came to my mind.
Reony Tonneyck@megaroeny · Designer & EV Advocate
@rrhoover I don't see any similarities based on screenshots to be honest. Too distracting with the usual feed stuff too.
@rrhoover I thought it was also very different than Slack, but when we talked w/ a FB PM on this he was very adamant they were targeting Slack and didn't seem to believe it made sense for us to run both.
Kurt Walker@kurtwalker · Ventrepreneur.
@erwblo @rrhoover too funny
Sean Gates@seangates · Software Engineer at eBay
@erwblo @rrhoover I disagree, since I have my entire family using Slack instead of Facebook. ;-)
Rebecca@_rsamuelson · Senior BI Engineer
@seangates i've been wanting to do this so badly. any advice?
Sean Gates@seangates · Software Engineer at eBay
@_rsamuelson Sorry, I just now saw this. It's simple since it's free from Slack. Just go to and you can pick a name for your "team". Simple. Only caveat is that you're limited to 10,000 messages. We haven't come close yet.
Jorge Bestard@jorge_bestard
@mountainmatt not associated to facebook don't worry =) these two are completely separate.
Derek Bytheway@derekbtw · Front-End 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 · Front-End 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?
Tina Jang@tina_jang
@derekbtw just curious, does it connect to my personal account? if so, i wouldn't use's company stuff 😩
Hoan Do@hoandesign · UX Designer, PPCLINK MOBILE
@jimcanto @derekbtw I read an article that said that Facebook are testing a Multiple Company Group feature, but those companies all need using Workplace.
Michael Hoy@hash_tag_hoy
@derekbtw what dashboard do you use? Custom build?
Derek Bytheway@derekbtw · Front-End Software Engineer
@tina_jang nope, it doesn't connect to it. And don't worry, admins can't secretly see things you say or do in the admin dashboard. This is all they can see/do: It does, however, let you sign in with your personal account if you wish. It also makes a dropdown in Facebook under your username to quickly switch from your personal account to your Workplace account.
Derek Bytheway@derekbtw · Front-End Software Engineer
@hash_tag_hoy custom build
Derek Bytheway@derekbtw · Front-End Software Engineer
@jimcanto the only thing it lets you connect to is a cloud user database with let's say Oracle. So essentially you make it so the company Workplace accounts are synced with your own hosted dashboard. This does make things a bit simpler. Not having to manually disable someone's account because they got let go is a boring task. (But don't worry if you're lazy at disabling accounts, as they can only log in with their company email address which you should probably disable anyway)
Kurt Walker@kurtwalker · Ventrepreneur.
@derekbtw why do you think that is?
Rodrigo Prior@rodrigoprior · CEO @ Welearn
@derekbtw seems legit!
Sean Gates@seangates · Software Engineer at eBay
@derekbtw Yammer, all over again.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner
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.