From a link to your LinkedIn account to virtual sticky notes to intergrated wikis, we present five of the most business friendly Facebook widgets you'll find.
By C.G. Lynch
Most Facebook developers will tell you that they create two
different kinds of widgets. There are widgets of expression,
geared towards harnessing the viral aspect of Facebook by getting
users to share the app with other users. These “expression” widgets often don’t have much of a goal beyond entertainment. One, for instance, lets users share movie ratings. Another helps users build “virtual scrapbooks.” The second kind is the utilitarian widget, which include clocks, weather reports and other helpful accessories.
We scoured the widget libraries and came up with five of our favorites for business users based on their utility for getting the job done.
Feel free to add suggestions in the comment space below for
widgets that we might have missed.
Face it. E-mail has become so passé for document
authoring that writing this sentence explaining that to you
even seems a bit trite. The exhausting task of opening,
renaming, saving and then sending a file (then repeat) leads to
no version of the truth. So why not a wiki instead? The principle
behind Wikimono is as simple as their website, which says, “We
love Facebook, we love wikis.” You might love how discreetly
you can bookmark the wikis on your Facebook profile and the
decent set of editing tools that comes with it. And when we say
decent, we don’t just mean bold, italics and underline. As you
can see from this spec list, you can
add video, math formulas, maps and all kinds of pictures. Use
Wikimono to plan the agenda for your next meeting or take food
requests for your holiday party.
Booooo-ring, yes, but necessary for the business user since
Facebook still gears its site towards the consumer experience.
Though you can list your professional experience under the
built in “Information” app of Facebook, it still doesn’t match the depth and breadth of the curriculum vitae that you can build on your LinkedIn profile and then share with other professionals. Some Facebook Apps help you upload
your LinkedIn profile to your actual Facebook profile, but this
simple badge seems to do the trick just fine.
The first response you might get if you add this helpful
widget will be “but what about the wall? Can’t you just use
that?” They’re referring to the built-in Facebook app that
allows friends (or people who have access to your Facebook
page) to leave a messages for you publicly. The problem? Most
walls tend to be a laundry list of social comments and inside
jokes that eventually blur together, especially if you get a ton of them. If someone added “meet
with team at 3 p.m.” to your own wall, for instance, there’s a
good chance you’d miss it. Sticky Notes are big and come in a variety of colors (we prefer the standard yellow). Created by J-Squared Media, a small widget company
that sprung up in large part because of Sticky Notes’ success,
the app already has around 200,000 active users. You can leave notes
for yourself on your own page, or you can leave them for
colleagues (provided they have the app as well).
Another way to keep project management away from your e-mail
inbox (where it doesn’t belong) is to have
internal blogs. If you’ve made that leap, why not feed them to
your Facebook page? We picked this reader over several other
RSS widgets on the Facebook App list because it can pull from
enterprise-worthy blogging apps such as Movable Type. As updates
to a project occur, the blog entries feed through the Reader and onto your Facebook page.
If you work for one of the Big Corporations, odds
are your workforce is spread across the country or maybe
even the world. By utilizing this Facebook news feed with
mapping technology, you can track the location of your friends and colleagues. Need to plan a business
meeting? Just get a view of where everyone is currently located
and find the most convenient location. If you want to
let you’re friends know you’re on the road on business, check out Marco Polo’s notification tool.