Facebook officials did not announce when the company will be heading to its new
home, or where the exact location is, but it seems a move must take place at
some point. The company is quickly outgrowing its makeshift office
complex, and likely needs to build one large office building for all of its
"We are pleased with the progress of our real estate search but have not
entered into any definitive agreement at this point," Facebook said in a
It seems most likely the company will remain somewhere in the South Bay, most
likely staying in Palo Alto. If Facebook does leave Palo Alto, going to
Sunnyvale or Mountain View are two other possible locations for the move.
It's possible Facebook could take over Hewlett-Packard's old buildings on Page
Mill Road in Palo Alto, but we'll have to patiently wait and see if that is
what is going on at the moment.
Many start-ups are able to prosper in downtown Palo Alto, but must think about
re-locating at some point after becoming too big for the area. But a lack
of building space may force the company to leave University Avenue and head to
a city that will allow them to either build one big office with room for future
additions, or an area where they can have several buildings in an official
Staying in Palo Alto will be difficult because most large office buildings now
available lie outside of the city.
The company has strived to hire young talent that helped drive the working age
of Palo Alto down. The Facebook employees help the local economy by
living in the area, eating at local Palo Alto restaurants, and shopping at
local retail outlets. The thought of the 500+ employees possibly leaving
the area to head to another city is a tough pill to swallow for businesses in
For employees living in Palo Alto less than one mile from the complex, Facebook
also provides a housing subsidy for its employees. It is unknown if the
same offer will be made to employees who live a close distance to the new
Facebook headquarters when the company relocates.
Facebook finally overtook MySpace as the top social networking web site in the
world. comScore statistics indicate the site had 123.9 million unique
visitors in May, while MySpace had a still impressive 114.6 million
As we wait to see what happens in court, and to see if Facebook can keep its
lead over MySpace, it should prove to be an interesting summer for the social