Excellbook: Disguise Facebook as a spreadsheet

Clothing company Diesel releases the Excellbook app to help you goof off at work. The app accesses Facebook through an Excel-style spreadsheet disguise. Sneaky.

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Excellbook turns my Facebook wall into a spreadsheet. Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Much energy has gone into finding ways to goof off at work without your boss finding out. Why not hide your Facebook indiscretions in plain sight?

Excellbook is a desktop application available for both Macs and PCs. Download it, install it, crank it up, and connect it to your Facebook account. It delivers the latest friend updates in a format that bears a strong resemblance to Excel. The app--which you can download from a site with a URL appropriately titled "Be Stupid At Work"--also lets you update your Facebook status on the sly.

This app wasn't made completely out of the goodness of someone's heart. It's a publicity stunt being pulled by Diesel, a company best known for its jeans.

Excellbook isn't the most functional version of Facebook. You still have to click through to links on the actual site to get the full experience. For quick updates and checking in with your buddies, it works just fine.

For some reason, my version of Excellbook comes up in Spanish. You could probably get away with that at a workplace where I live here in New Mexico, but it might tip your boss off in some other parts of the country that something fishy is going on with your latest database project.

About the author

Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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