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Fancy being Facebook friends with your boss? Or being allowed to Snapchat your colleagues during office hours? Well, this kind of office-based social networking is growing in popularity ah a way of escaping the tyranny of corporate. Businesses wanting to streamline internal communications are turning to chat apps like Chatter, Slack and Yammer, as well as more established platforms like Facebook. Of course, we've had company intranets for almost 20 years, but it's the mobile friendly nature woek many messaging apps that is shaking up this space. In JanuaryFacebook unveiled its new business networking platform, Facebook at Work and has just launched an associated chat app, Work Chat.

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Just because you might be working remotely doesn’t mean that casual conversations are no longer important.

Fancy being Facebook friends with your boss? Add in the benefits of its mobile app, which frees employees from desk-based applications, and RBS has found the tool to be "immediately useable". Sandra Campopiano, the firm's chief people officer, says 9, topics have already been moved off into "direct, snappy messages, or open, engaging groups and forums.

Critics of the venerable platform say it is essentially a one-way method of communication.

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All you need is a phone. But surely receiving endless message alerts and conversation updates can become highly distracting in the work environment and lead to lower, not higher, productivity? Fancy being Facebook friends with your boss?

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That's something to chat about - offline probably. Won't we all be swapping cat videos? Won't we all be swapping cat videos? Facebook has ed up around companies of varying sizes, including Heineken, Lagardere and Hootsuite.

Facebook at Work is "a key component in driving a more transparent, engaged, collaborative, culture," he says. In fact, Mr Jankowski believes that the data harvested by all this social network activity could prove very useful for businesses. Of course, we've had company intranets for almost 20 years, but it's the mobile friendly nature of many messaging apps that is shaking up this space. The social networking giant, with its 1.

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While Mr Jankowski thinks is still the best way to communicate with one person or a small group, he agrees that the end of the companywide broadcast may be nigh. Facebook at Work is "a key component in driving a more transparent, engaged, collaborative, culture," he says. Ms Campopiano says "we may eventually see [] die out, just like the fax. Businesses wanting to streamline internal communications are turning to chat apps like Chatter, Slack and Yammer, as well as more established wang like Facebook.

Senders often have no effective way of knowing if the contents of their messages are relevant or understood. But do these new ways of communicating really spell the end for the work ? ing software firm Sage implemented online communications portal Chatter into its business in April Or being allowed to Snapchat your colleagues during office hours? But surely receiving endless message alerts and conversation updates can become highly distracting in the work environment and lead to lower, not higher, productivity?

That means the adoption rate is much higher than attempts at doing something similar," he tells the BBC. Critics of the xhat platform say it is essentially a one-way method of communication.

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All you need is a phone. Quite the reverse, argue Mr Hanley and Ms Campopiano: t ability to opt-out of irrelevant conversations actually frees up time.

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But why? And Mr Codorniou says that while employees access Facebook at Work up to 50 times a day, the conversations are all about work.

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Facebook has ed up around companies of varying sizes, including Heineken, Lagardere and Hootsuite. That means the adoption rate is much higher than attempts at doing something similar," he tells the BBC.

At work and want to chat

But why? In JanuaryFacebook unveiled its new business networking platform, Facebook at Work and has just launched an associated chat app, Wwnt Chat. In fact, Mr Jankowski believes that the data harvested by all this social network activity could prove very useful for businesses. Ms Campopiano says "we may eventually see [] die out, just like the fax. Senders often have no effective way of knowing if the contents of their messages are relevant or understood.

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Of course, we've had company intranets for almost 20 years, but it's the mobile friendly nature of many messaging apps that is shaking up this space. The social networking giant, with its 1.