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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With Huddle, businesses can merge Facebook with its online collaboration tool, allowing companies and consumers to create secure workspaces, or huddles. Within this space, colleagues can schedule tasks, share files and approve actions. Using Facebook, Huddle users can add team members and update profiles. Huddle also developed a BlackBerry and iPhone app. The Facebook app is free. Huddle offers a free version of its online tool for end-users and charitable organizations, as well as fee-based services ranging from $8 per month for an individual account to $200 for a professional account. About 600 people 'like' the software, according to Huddle's Facebook site.
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.