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Facebook to open an office in India

Associated Press / March 16, 2010

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MUMBAI — The social-networking site Facebook is opening an operations office in India, its first in Asia, to help manage rapid growth in the number of users.

The office, in the Indian city of Hyderabad, will have advertising and developer support teams, the company said yesterday. It will supplement Facebook’s other centers in Palo Alto, Calif., Dublin, and Austin, Texas.

The move is part of a push to create support centers across time zones, with round-the-clock, multilingual support, the company said. The number of Facebook users has rocketed to over 400 million since it was founded in 2004.

Seventy percent of users are now outside the United States and use the site in over 70 languages, Don Faul, director of global online operations, said in his blog yesterday.

“In India alone, we’ve seen rapid growth and now have more than 8 million people there actively connecting on Facebook,’’ he said.

Hyderabad is one of India’s technology hubs and a base for Google, Microsoft, and IBM.