Facebook’s Hyderabad Office Inaugurated – Google vs Facebook Battle Comes To India

The timing could not have been better. Three days ago we reported how Facebook surpassed Orkut to become the top social networking site in India and now it has opened up its office in Hyderabad, the pearl city of India. Though the official launch date will be in September, it has already decided the Management team to head the India office. Facebook Hyderabad is Facebook’s first office in Asia and second International office, after Dublin, Ireland. Earlier, Facebook has unveiled its plans to setup another office at Austin, Texas. Both these offices are supposed to supplement the support teams stationed at Palo Alto, California, and Dublin.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ewPS7OdSj0[/youtube]

The Social networking major has witnessed a major surge in number of users in recent times. With an excess of 500 million users, it is estimated that Facebook is accessed in more than 70 languages and almost seventy percent of users are based outside the US. Looking at the pace of growth, it makes perfect sense for the company to have multiple support centers in multiple time-zones to provide better multi-lingual support, round the clock.

Indian point of view

The move to set up an office here corroborates the growing importance of India in Facebook’s expansion strategy. And rightly so, India has seventh largest market worldwide for social networking. Moreover, a rich talent base out here allows Facebook to cater to the increasing number of users, advertisers and developers in a localized and speedier way. It also gives an opportunity to capitalize on the booming advertisement industry of the Indian subcontinent.

Google already has an office in Hyderabad and now with Facebook’s setup in the same city, the competition has become more interesting.  Both of them would like to utilize the opportunities (both in terms of talent and capital) which this country has to offer. Clearly, the game has now shifted to Indian grounds and the side which handles this Indian pressure (or Indian heat) might turn out to be the winner.

So what do you think – Is Facebook  ready enough to take on the Indian challenge?

10 Responses to “Facebook’s Hyderabad Office Inaugurated – Google vs Facebook Battle Comes To India”

  1. August 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    Probably the right question would be – “Would India be able to take on the Facebook challenge.”

  2. August 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    Google has much larger presence (adsense, adwords, google checkout and so on) beyond just social networking. So I guess FB is not a threat yet…

    The above video is hosted in google’s youtube and that’s a testimony for what I said…

  3. sai suman boddu
    August 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    hey its great that FB has huge number of users in INDIA even they are not having their development center in india. And these competetion between two companies could cause more employment to indians especially hyderabadiiiis

  4. Tina Bajaj
    August 31, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    Facebook is here to stay! No better place than Hyderabad :-)

  5. niharikach
    August 31, 2010 at 1:47 am #

    Ya even I agree with Shrinidhi.. Facebook cant be a threat though there would be a healthy compitition..

  6. venu
    August 31, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Google is more about data and less about social networking. No doubt google still dominates the web world with an array of services which it provides.Just think about it-wouldn’t Internet become a kind of lonely place without Google? Sure, Internet existed before Google but it has clearly transformed the way we look at data. It has dominated the search world for quite some time now.
    But now Marketing has become more intense and customer-centric. This has caused the revenue from this source to be stagnant. So it makes sense for Google to watch out for some other revenue sources. Product category has potential and google is eyeing big on it.But Social Networking is the hot kid of the block. Everyone is talking about it. And FB is ruling the roost at present. It has become the eye candy of Marketer, Users,Ad-Man and almost everyone who use social networking. And this is also an area where Google has failed to incite its users. So what would you do if you were Google. First try and bully the new kid and if this doesn’t work, then challenge it.
    We have to remember one thing that everything depends on the revenue generated. So if we term Google as the Goliath of the web, we can say that FB is David. And we all know what happened when they collided. It will be interesting to see what will happen this time.

  7. Anish Sadanandan
    September 1, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Venu your reply could have been a separate post! :D

  8. sudheer
    November 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    Can any one please let me know the adress of Face book office in hyderabad

  9. vinayak
    January 3, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Hi can anybody give me the Facebook corp office Hyderabad contact details ??? Please

  10. March 14, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    wow, I didn’t know about it.Thanks For sharing.

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