The tech rumor mill is spinning. Will Microsoft acquire Facebook or just wishful thinking on their part? Today, Facebook announced they would open an engineering office in Seattle to tap into the local talent pool. Facebook said it plans to open the office in July and is looking for space that could hold as many as 30 employees over the next year. “We are aggressively trying to get the best of the best technical talent around the world,” said Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering at Facebook.
The acquisition rumor comes on the heels of consumer groups filing complaints against Facebook over privacy issues. In fact, an off the record chat with a Facebook employee was captured on Twitter saying, How does Zuck feel about privacy, (laughter) he doesn’t believe in it. Or rather, Zuckerberg puts the privacy issue in the hands of the user. Basically, don’t Tweet or post anything on your friend feed you don’t want others to know. Because even if Facebook doesn’t reveal it, maybe one of your snarky little friends just might.
While Microsoft might LOVE to add Facebook to their portfolio, I can’t imagine Mark Zuckerberg ready to give up his social media cruise ship just yet. At the age of 25, he probably is gunning to be worth more than Bill Gates. Right now he’s at $4 billion but it should triple within the next couple of years. Actually, they kinda look alike. Gates could easily pass for his dad or favorite uncle. For now, is new motto is building the social web together with his 350 million Facebook users.
On a side note, there is a movie based on Mark Zuckerberg and the surrounding creators of Facebook, called The Social Network. It is currently set to release in 2010, and stars Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake. Stay tuned.