“Facebook At Work” Is Trying To Supplant G-Chat As Your Go-To Work Distraction

We’ve all been there. Whether you managed to beat traffic and arrive at the office early or you just hit a lull in your day, the temptation to browse the Internet is there. Sure, you could check your email for the thousandth time or work on a project requiring some extra attention, but all you really want to do is check Facebook. The temptation to scroll is pressing down, but you don’t type it into your search bar because it’s either blocked at your workplace or you don’t want Betty in the cubicle behind you catching on to your slacking off. You reluctantly go back to an Excel spreadsheet and wait for 5:00 to get here as soon as possible.

Starting next month, that’s all about to change, though. Facebook, presumably to compete with sites like LinkedIn, is launching a new version of the form of social media we all already use called Facebook at Work. Similar to its social counterpart, Facebook at Work will be an office-friendly social media site using the same interface you’re already used to so that you can create groups for projects, message coworkers, and essentially replace the sneaky G-chat habit you’ve acquired since graduation. In case you’re worried that your job will be in jeopardy since your boss will have access to your Facebook, don’t worry – you’ll be required to create an entirely new profile that doesn’t interact with your personal page at all. Thank God.

Of course, you’ll need to be careful when using this new tool. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to say that I could see myself Monday morning before the coffee kicks in thinking I’m sharing a never-Trump article on my personal page when instead it shot my Southern conservative boss an instant notification from my professional one.

Potential faux pas aside, I’m fairly excited for this new tool to come out, primarily because I’m hoping that with the addition of Facebook in the workplace, my current browsing habits involving my personal page will go largely unnoticed. Now we just need Instagram, Snapchat, and Hulu for work and staying late at the office might not actually be so bad.

[via Elite Daily]

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Steph W.

Steph W. is a new Master's degree graduate with an intern's salary and six-figure taste. She realizes her expectations far exceed reality, so she spends her days pinning away Loubs she pretends are in her physical closet instead of her virtual one. Her hobbies include attempting to trapping her boyfriend into marriage before he finds out how insane she is and pretending that Black Box wine tastes as good as the kind she could afford when she was gainfully employed. Send her tips for getting out of student debt at

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