Facebook Campus Tour
“hey Benson! I work at Facebook now..”
Last week, a friend and a fellow WHA pioneer reached out for a chance to make WHA more prominent on the Facebook platform. Collaboration and the kind gesture aside, I knew it was my golden ticket to check out what seem like the Disneyland for hackers—the Facebook HQ.
“…if you’re free to come to FB for lunch.”
I was like..
Let’s cut right through the chase, here’s a brief look at the Facebook campus.
(Not all areas of fb is photography allowed, I did what I could.)
First thing first—check in. They used an iPad for this process and I was able to select the friend who I’m meeting with like I would tagging a friend through Facebook, a familiar drop down list of friends as you start typing the letters of their name. With profile picture and bolded name and all. It almost made me feel like I got distracted again by going on Facebook.
We started our tour from Facebook 2.0, building 20. It’s their newest building, erected just less than a year ago. It was designed by Frank Gehry, the same mastermind behind Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to name a few.
High ceilings, naked steel structures, and with each wall decorated by their Artists in Residence program, the interior kept us in awe and inspired every corner we turned.
Their own blend from Sight Glass. Why not?
This is their “Full Circle” dining area, located at the end of the building.
The food was bomb.
Facebook’s just celebrated their 12th birthday on Feb 4th. They recognize the day as Friends Day:
The same day they released their updated degrees of separation statistics, where the number stands for the amount of people it takes to connect with any particular person around the world, or in this case, via Facebook. The current mean is 3.57 degrees. Everyone on Facebook is separated by only 3.5 other people (as long as you’re introduced by the right person). Impressive:
Hackers surrounding themselves with magnificent art pieces.
The new building seem house talents with serious caliber.
One thing that really caught my eyes were the posters across the walls and halls of Facebook.
They’re meant to represent events, new projects, insights, and as modes of motivation. I believe they’re all designed and printed by Facebook’s own Analog Research Lab.
Here’s a WHA moment. Quick meeting with Tiara. (WHA Wallpaper available here. Free.)
The rooftop of building 20—a 9 acre park. I wish I had a drone with me.
Next stop was the main Facebook campus (also the home of Instagram). I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the happiest place on earth. for hackers.
I wasn’t joking when comparing this place with Disneyland—they even got a tram to take us there.
If you’re into off-facebook-blue bikes, they’re available, too.
Nachos, burgers, pizzas. All FREE. You’d imagine people working here weighing 3times the size they are in these photos. Well, now you know how hard they’re working.
Guess what’s in this building on the right:
Ah, of course, an old school classic arcade bar with monthly tournaments that every company campus needs.
We had to..
Instagram is our main marketing platform and it’s where we gain most of our app users. We chose it for a reason and it’s the platform where we concentrate significantly more of our time to maintain as compare to other social media outlets. Why? I’ll get into that in a future post.
Here’s a picture I didn’t know I took, but it looks cool, so here.
This space may be my favorite part of Facebook.
A strong interest of mine has always been crafts. I love building things with my hands. This includes constructing furnitures from ground up (not just via IKEA; where’s the fun in that?) and customize existing products to my liking. And able to own or work at a workshop like this, where any tool that you can think of that you’ll ever need are stored in a single room, would be a dream come true.
They offer free posters periodically as well.
Top left was Tiara’s current favorite—”Be the nerd.”
“‘Be the nerd’ is based on Mark‘s response to a Facebook comment from a woman who said she encourages her granddaughters to date the nerd in school. Even better, Mark said, would be “to encourage them to *be* the nerd in their school so they can be the next successful inventor.” Nerds everywhere — including this one — approve.”-Sheryl Sandberg
ERIC cafe. lol.
Little Free Library x Facebook?! Awesome.
Not sure what was in this building. (Edits: Oculus was in this building. Thanks Fiona for the tip!)
This one’s Tiara’s favorite:
Ice cream, fro-yo, all you can eat. Free, of course.
Last, but certainly not least—the Facebook Merch Shop!
Each pin here represents a visitor and their respective origin.
Taiwan’s a relatively small but significantly crowded place:
Who’s down for some FB Short board.
To my surprise, they offered fewer creative goods than I expected. I’d say Google offered a better line of products that Facebook here.
If anyone from Facebook is reading this, I think these would be great additions to the shop: More Instagram items. More pins (think smaller versions of the mantra/motivational posters). Locational based items (I saw plenty of visitors on campus and having a geographical series would be cool). More stickers (of all shapes and sizes). T-shirt designs with more effort (All the posters can certainly pull off as t-shirts).
That’s a wrap—big thanks to Tiara for the hospitality. The tour was grand!
Facebook hands down (or thumbs up?) has one of the coolest campus ever. Period.
Left our mark before we left.
’til next time.