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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Using SlideShare, people can share presentations and documents with members of their Facebook network, embed YouTube videos into presentations and add audio to create a webinar. SlideShare account-holders can import existing presentations into Facebook or LinkedIn, and they automatically will show up on SlideShare.net and the two social networking sites. The application supports all formats -- including ppt, pps, pptx, odp, pdf, doc, docx, odt, Keynote and iWork pages, according to the developer. SlideShare, which has almost 400,000 monthly users, offers a free, personal account; a professional version for $14 a month; a business edition for $36 a month, and an enterprise version for $249 per month. Paid versions have no ads, deliver analytics and buzz tracking, and capture 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.