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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Those trying to keep track of colleagues may want to consider 30 Boxes' calendar utility, a free Facebook application that allows users to share their schedule with select individuals or their entire Facebook network. The calendar app includes simple SMS reminders and an integrated to-do list, and integrates with both Facebook and MySpace. The no-fee tool is used by more than 12,000 Facebook 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.