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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NetworkedBlogs is a user-generated blog directory organized by subject or geographical location, a tool designed to help organizations marketing to specific regions. Businesses or individuals can import their blog feeds for posting a Facebook fan page or profile, where Facebook account holders can read and like the blog, then share it via their NetworkedBlogs tab. NetworkedBlogs was developed by Ninua, a winner of Facebook's fbFund in summer 2009. The free blog promotion app has more than 1.4 million monthly users, and corporate users include Facebook, ProBlogger and 500,000 other blogs, according to the company.
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.