Report: Facebook's Working on a New "Facebook at Work" Site

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Fancy creating a little more distance between your social and professional facades on Facebook? Well, the Financial Times is reporting that Zuckerberg & co are working on a new site, called imaginatively "Facebook at Work", that will do just that.

The report suggests that the site will look very much like the Facebook you know and love/loathe, while competing with – gulp – LinkedIn. The idea is that the site will allow you to chat with colleagues, connect with professional contacts and even collaborate, by working on documents and sharing files.

It's not the first time that there's been rumour of a Facebook for work. Earlier this year, TechCrunch reported that the company was working on a project called the even less attractively named FB@Work – a system that "could be used in place of email or IM" to chat to colleagues. The site in the new report clearly goes a little further.

It also claims that the networking site is now in testing with companies. How true these claims are remains to be seen – though it does look somewhat more likely that you might be chatting to your colleagues in little blue boxes before too long. [FT]