I've been meaning to write about Facebook and project management. It's taken me a while because I'm "on" Facebook, but don't do much work via Facebook. I know renegade teams in Fortune 100 firms who do -- so this has kept me wondering what they see that I don't. (I tend to use home built Google Sites to support my projects.) I started my research with a search on "Facebook project management." I also tried "Basecamp," a popular project management tool, and "Facebook" in a separate search. Basecamp doesn't seem to have built an application for Facebook (yet?), though there have been calls for integration on the Basecamp forums. The following are some lightly informed thoughts. Hopefully we can get a conversation going among people who use these tools. Interesting aside: Facebook and Basecamp were founded on the same day. On Feb 4, 2009, both sites turned 5. There are a variety project management applications available on Facebook (run a search on "project management" from the Applications tab). Toodooz and Workspaces by Huddle (full web version of Huddle) caught my eye.
- Toodooz: You can upload files up to 1MB in formats: .doc, .gif, .jpg, .txt, .xls, .zip Toodooz seems to be built for Facebook and includes all the basic project management tidbits: Milestones, Tasks, Files, Discussions, Invites, and Notification.
- Workspaces by Huddle: You can upload 2MB files and there didn't seem to be restrictions type -- and you can edit Word and Excel files on-line (note: this is not the same as editing and then syncing with your desktop version -- See more here). Editing does "lock" the file so others can't edit at the same time. Huddle also can connect via LinkedIn. Most of Huddle's power seems to come from the full web version - the Facebook version seems to only have Files, Notifications, and Invites available (please correct me if I'm wrong). The full web version syncs with your Facebook version.