Trip to Palo Alto and vicinity. Part III. Google and Facebook campuses

It would have been sin to come to Silicon Valley and not visit the campuses of tech giants – Google and Facebook. I wanted to visit Apple’s campus as well, however, due to time limitation I could visit only two former ones.

My first stop was Google’s campus located in Mountain View, not far from Palo Alto where I was staying. If you watched the movie “Internship”, the places in these pictures might be very familiar to you. Here is the main set of buildings called GooglePlex:

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There is a volleyball sand field on the right side of dinosaur:

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The boundaries between working and resting are vague. We can see some people here, not sure, whether they are working or taking a break:

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The only person I knew who was working there was Nodir Turakulov. He was kind enough to allocate time and do a tour for me inside GooglePlex buildings. He showed me hangout-powered meeting rooms, snackbar, microkitchen, Google store, gym and other facilities. Not to distract people who were working there I did not take any pictures from inside.

Famous Google-colored bikes. I rode one of them to get to the droids:

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Special car used for Google’s Street View product with mounted camera on top:

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Android is Google’s mobile platform that took 81% smartphone market share in 2014 [source]. Its versions are named after desserts and they are ordered alphabetically. One can find models of these desserts in the campus.

Cupcake (version 1.4):

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Donut (version 1.6):

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Eclair (version 2.0 – 2.1):

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Froyo (version 2.2):

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Gingerbread (version 2.3):

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Honeycomb (version 3.0 – 3.2):

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Ice cream sandwich (version 4.0):

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Jellybean (version 4.1 – 4.3):

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Lollipop (version 5.0 – 5.1):

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Me and droid with lollipop:

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And my second stop was Facebook’s campus located in Menlo Park, not far from Palo Alto. It was a raining day when I visited the campus and I could not take many pictures because of that.

Famous hand gesture symbolising Facebook:

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Street name is not ordinary, it reflects the culture of the company 🙂

All interesting things in Facebook are inside the closed set of buildings. Outer part of the campus is dedicated for parking spot.

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Electric cars are more than welcome in the campus:

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The time spent visiting these campuses were indeed worthwhile.

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