This is How Your Employees Are Sneaking Facebook on Company Time

Last Updated Jun 21, 2011 3:45 PM EDT

It's only natural to want your workers to, you know, work when they're at the office. It's also kind of natural for them to want to goof off, like spending time on Facebook. That's why you've deployed site-blocking software, right?

Of course, there's always someone who figures out a way to beat the system. In this case it's Excellbook, created by the aptly named Be Stupid at Work.

Built on the Adobe Air platform, Excellbook is a Facebook feed that masquerades as a spreadsheet. A Spanish-language spreadsheet, but you'd have to look pretty closely to notice. Here's an example:


I must admit, it's pretty clever. There are even tabs at the bottom that let the user hop between his news feed, wall, and chat. Oh, the hours a worker could while away -- on your dime.

So consider yourself notified that this exists. And while we're on the subject, be sure to check out these related "work cheats." The employees you bust may be your own.

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