Facebook doubles office space in Seattle

November 3, 2011

The social network is spreading its wings in Seattle, taking advantage of relatively cheap office space and a pool of talented engineers in Microsoft and Amazon’s home town.

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The view from Facebook's new Seattle space

According to a blog post today, Mark Zuckerberg’s unstoppable web phenomenon is moving into 27,000 square feet of space in a 20-story block in downtown Seattle. That’s double the size of their current rented offices overlooking Pike Place Market and Seattle’s harbor.

Seattle is Facebook’s biggest engineering office outside its home in Palo Alto, California, with more than 60 engineers. Zuckerberg said when he visited in June that the city was a great place for hiring, with so many software and mobile superstars working for local firms like Microsoft, Amazon, T-Mobile and a host of smaller firms.

Facebook’s Seattle crew already led the tie-up with Skype — now a part of Microsoft — and is busy on more video calling, iPad and iOS projects.

“This new office will give us room to keep growing as we hire the best engineers in Seattle,” said Ari Steinberg, the head of Facebook’s operation in the city. Back in August 2010, when he set up the office, there were only three local employees.

The move will take place in late January 2012. The staff will get a great view of Lake Union, Seattle’s Space Needle and the I5 Interstate.

And if the damp Seattle winter gets too much, the flagship REI store is just round the corner for some rain-proof outdoor gear.

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Facebook is getting more “in your face” lately. I get about 10 emails a week telling me I have “notifications.” There’s nothing there. Just facebook’s “suggestions” for friends. There is obviously a big push to get more users and to get current account holders to “share” more. This company will crash and burn if they don’t branch into something more durable and meaningful. People are getting fed up with the shallow human relationships that facebook promotes.

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