While many of Facebook's 500 million users waste part of their days growing virtual crops or committing imaginary crimes, there are many Facebook applications designed to actually improve business productivity. There are more than 550,000 active applications on the Facebook platform, according to the social network, with many designed specifically to improve business practices or better-integrate Facebook into a company's operations. Many business apps are free. Often, fee-based apps offer a bas
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Marketplace is a virtual classified ad for Facebook, where people can post free ads and search millions of classified ads for used cars, jobs, apartments, real estate, pets, tickets and more. Like CraigsList, there is no fee for listings, which appear both online and via social media sites, and are seen by about 8 million active monthly users. Developer Oodle also offers a business service -- Oodle Pro -- that features one-stop syndication covering Oodle, Facebook, MySpace and others; access to more than 500 million customers across Facebook Marketplace and the Oodle Network, and reporting tools that enable companies to measure the effectiveness of listings and social media leads.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.