Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Facebook Headquaters

Open Facebook
Most of Facebook's approximately 900 employees sit in spacious bullpens lacking dividers or walls, designed to evoke the company's ethos of openness.

The company has a number of buildings scattered throughout Palo Alto, Calif., including this unpretentious structure near the Stanford University campus.

The average age of Facebook's employees skews young in comparison with its audience. It is estimated that the average Facebook user is in his or her mid-30s.

Game Room
Guitar Hero and an Xbox 360 are among the entertainment options at this rec center.

A chessboard and a Ping-Pong table are also available.

Lunch is served at the company's California Avenue office.

Among the items available in the cafeteria are pizza, a carving table and a variety of healthy fare.

International Flavor
A number of Facebook's employees are from outside the U.S. Facebook has mobilized its users to volunteer to help translate the site into 70 languages.

Many of the names of office conference rooms are drawn from pop culture.

This basketball court is located near the Facebook offices. The roof of one building is used for grilling and musical performances in warm weather.

The overall vibe of the office is not unlike that of a dormitory, which is just where Mark Zuckerberg and his three co-founders first dreamed up the idea for Facebook.

Facebook has struggled to balance its explosive growth with users' anxiety about how much of their personal information can become public.

On course to log its 500 millionth active user in the next few weeks, Facebook has become not only a major player on the Web but a major cultural force as well.

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