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A Tour of Facebook's London Office (Plus Another "No Comment," but in a Charming Accent)

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On BoomTown’s trip to London earlier this week, along with a visit to Spotify, I stopped by the U.K. and Ireland offices of Facebook for a look-see.

Located just off once-swinging Carnaby Street–which is now essentially a place to shop for hip stuff–it’s a very small operation, mostly dedicated to advertising sales.

But I did run into some engineers too, at what is Facebook’s most important international outpost.

Still, while recently surpassing 300 million members worldwide, the Silicon Valley-based social networking site has been careful not to open offices all over the globe, a misstep that too many other U.S. Internet companies have made time and again.

Plus, I got a very fine stiff-upper-lip British version of “no comment” that I do love to hear from Facebook PR–this time from Sophy Silver, who did an excellent job of showing me around.

Here’s the video, as well as my tour in June of Facebook’s new HQ in Palo Alto, Calif., below that:


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald