Facebook Opens Shop in Singapore [What’s on mind?]

About a month ago Facebook opened its first Sales & Operations office at Hyderabad, India. And now on 12th April it has almost silently registered a local office at ACRA, Singapore. The second one in Asia. The question is why?

According to Facebook, 70% of the people using Facebook are outside the U.S. and are accessing the service in more than 70 languages. In India alone, they have more than 8 million people actively connecting on Facebook with their friends, family, and other people they know, both within India and outside.

FB in its blog explains that “by having multiple support centers in a variety of time zones, we can provide better round-the-clock, multi-lingual support”. So does this theory explain a new office at Singapore too?

Well, these are some of the largely “business and sales development” openings at Facebook, Singapore.

  • Associate, Ad Operations Associate, Ad Operations
  • DSO Account Manager DSO Account Manager
  • Manager, Account Management Manager, Account Management
  • Manager, Ad Operations Manager, Ad Operations

Facebook has been up Google’s @$$ for quite sometime and is apparently closing in from round the globe now, spreading its network of sales offices to ramp up advertising on one giant social tree. And luckily, they are not very far from Google. See some of the stats below:

Within Asia, there were rumors of Facebook opening an office at Indonesia too but they popped up suddenly at Singapore which amusingly isn’t any time-zones away from Hyderabad. A few months back they acquired Octazen in Malaysia, but apparently it was meant only to employ those engineers in a different direction. “Facebook just bought the web’s most talented and creative scrapers that have gotten around everyones rate limits and detection systems” – TC.

While the west grapples with Apple’s iPad & Twitter’s ad platform lately, Facebook is busy going places creating a network of sales offices to ramp up revenue. Google, what are you gonna do about it?