If you muck around in Facebook for purely social reasons and you’d rather look at cute puppy pictures from your friends, this article may not be for you because I’m going to focus on using Facebook as more of a educational/business resource and to get answers to your burning Microsoft Office questions.
If you’ve ‘Liked’ business and other informational-type pages and like to read great articles or learn tips to be more productive and you use Office software (of course, you can apply this to other software or gadgets you’re interested in), then try asking your Office questions right from within Facebook. Below you’ll see some of the Office products I like.
I just recently noticed while reading some wall postings that one of the moderators advised a writer with a question to use the ‘Support’ tab and that people were standing by to answer questions like hers.
Here’s what you get when you click on the ‘Support’ tab. At first, I thought it was going to be similar to posting to a wall, but looking at the interface and noticing the search for answers and the post a question, I noticed that the page is linked to the on-line Microsoft Answers site. This isn’t a bad thing at all. It saves time because you don’t have to go and search for this site on the web. You will need to authorize the Facebook app to have access to your basic information, including your email. This also saves time because you don’t have to set up an account or sign in with your Windows Live ID. So all in all, it’s pretty handy to be able to do this from Facebook.
Other Microsoft Resources With One Click
In addition to the Support tab, there’s also tabs for videos and blogs for instant consumption and learning. Everything plays or you read it from right within Facebook.
Just for fun, I went to the Facebook Google Apps Page and there were no specialized apps, just a wall. Open Office was the same—just a wall to post on but no apps. Both were pretty boring.
Do you use Facebook to learn or do you enjoy reading articles coming through your newsfeed from businesses you’ve subscribed to? That’s probably my favorite use for Facebook.