’s professional counterpart could be released as soon as January.
The Wall Street Journal
reported that Facebook
is developing a professional version, which will let users converse and collaborate with colleagues.
at Work’ is expected to be released without adverts, and will be in direct competition with LinkedIn.
currently has over one billion members around the globe who use the site monthly, while LinkedIn has over 332 million users across 200 countries.
LinkedIn have previously reported that users sign up to its services at a rate of over two new members per second.
staff are said to have been testing a beta version of the ad-free Facebook
at Work, and a select number of users will be given access to the site after the holidays.
According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, the tech giant has been testing a beta version of the site, and is expected to be accessible for a select number of users early in the New Year.
The service is also predicted to allow users to collaborate on documents with co-workers.
Last week, Facebook
The site would be kept separate from personal profiles, with the service allowing only work-related posts.