Headquarter:1600 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View, Santa Clara County, California
Founders:Sergey M. Brin and Lawrence E. Page
Founded:Menlo Park, California ,September 4, 1998
Employees: 24,400 (2010)
Other Products:YouTube,Gmail, DoubleClick, On2 Technologies, GrandCentral, Picnik, Aardvark, AdMob
Headquarter: San Jose, California, U.S.
Founders: Pierre Omidyar and Michael Dean Johnson
Founded:September 3, 1995
Employees: 15,500 (Q1 2008)
Other Products: PayPal, Skype, Gumtree, Kijiji (Now eBayClassifieds)
Headquarter: One Microsoft Way Redmond, Washington, United States
Founders: Bill Gates and Paul Allen
Founded:Albuquerque, New Mexico April 4, 1975
Employees: 89,000 (2010)
Other Products:MSN, Live, Hotmail, Bing and MSNBC
With over 600 million (active in January 2011) registered users and more than 60 million status updates posted each day, Facebook is currently touted as the world’s most popular social networking website, beating arch-rival MySpace. The social networking juggernaut is co-founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz, who were roommates and fellow computer science students at Harvard University.
Designed by the folks over at Studio O+A, the engineers at Facebook are now working in a really cool office located at Palo Alto, California, USA. Before the redesign and construction of the 150,000-square-foot Menlo Park, California,office, each of every Facebook employees were consulted to find out what they wanted and what would their work experience better and more productive.
Headquarter: Palo Alto, California, U.S., will be moved to Menlo Park, California, U.S. as from June 2011
Founders: Mark Zuckerberg,Eduardo Saverin,Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes
Founded:Cambridge, Massachusetts,2004,launched February 4, 2004
Created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005.
Acquired by search-engine giant Google in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion, YouTube is currently the world’s most popular video sharing website. On 9 June 2009, YouTube video stream top a massive 1.2 billion in that single day. The video-sharing platform enables users to upload and share videos of different genres be it comedy, news broadcasts, music, etc. The YouTube headquarters is currently situated at San Bruno, CA, USA.
Headquarter: 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, California
Founders: Steve Chen,Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim
Owner:YouTube LLC (2005–06) Google Inc. (2006–present)
In February 2008, Microsoft Corporation made an unsolicited bid to acquire Yahoo! for USD $44.6 billion. Yahoo! subsequently formally rejected the bid, claiming that it "substantially undervalues" Yahoo! and was not in the interest of its shareholders. Three years later, Yahoo! had a stock market capitalization of USD $22.24 billion. Carol Bartz replaced co-founder Jerry Yang in January 2009.
Headquarter: 701 First Ave. Sunnyvale, California, United States
Founders: Jerry Yang and David Filo
Founded: Santa Clara, California,March 1, 1995
Employees:13,600 (Q4 2010)
Other Products:List of acquisitions by Yahoo!
Twitter is the world’s leading micro-blogging platform with over 190 million users, beating rival Plurk by a relatively huge margin. Twitter has recently moved into the sixth floor of 795 Folsom St., a 184,000-square-foot building, previously used by another social-networking firm, Bebo Inc., which is owned by AOL. Evan Williams’ wife Sara Morishige Williams was the brain behind the interior design of the 31,000 square foot office.
Headquarter: 795 Folsom Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States
Founders: Jack Dorsey Evan Williams and Biz Stone
Founded: Created in March 2006, and launched in July 2006,San Francisco
LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003 mainly used for professional networking. As of June 2010, it had more than 90 million registered users, spanning 170 industries. Its cool office is located at Mountain View, CA, USA which is where the Googleplex (Google headquarters) is situated at.
Headquarter: Mountain View, California, U.S.
Founders: Reid Hoffman,Allen Blue,Jean-Luc Vaillant,Eric Ly and Konstantin Guericke
Founded: Santa Monica, California (2003)
Headquartered at Beverly Hills, California, USA, where it shares an office building with its immediate owner, Fox Interactive Media (owned by News Corporation), MySpace was once crowned as the world’s most popular social networking website but lost to Facebook, which has been experiencing ever-rising popularity in both Asia and Europe.
Headquarter: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Founders: News Corporation
Founded: Santa Monica, California (2003)