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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Individuals or businesses cursed with a common or easy to forget name can separate themselves from the fray using Memorable Web Addresses, a free Facebook app that creates short, easy to remember personal web addresses that take visitors directly to a Facebook profile, page or group. This allows account-holders to share the link with others, post it on forums, show it on other social networking sites or include it on business cards or websites. Individuals and executives also can give the Memorable Web Address to people they know but don't want on their friend list, so they still can send private messages. The app, by Profile Technology, has almost 110,000 users.
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.