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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RatePoint helps businesses keep in touch with clients and prospects by making it free and easy to create email newsletters, collect reviews and testimonials and build surveys. The tool connects to Facebook and Twitter, allowing companies to share information with Facebook friends and company fans, as well as Twitter followers. Currently, more than 8,000 people each month use a href="http://www.ratepoint.com/"> RatePoint. The company provides customer review, testimonial and online reputation management services.
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.