Google, Tesla, and Facebook Attract ‘Hordes of Tech Tourists’ To Their Headquarters

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:
“We just came from Oracle, then we go to HP, Google; we’re going to do Tesla, Intel, eBay and Yahoo. And Apple, I forgot Apple…” says one San Francisco resident, describing a tour he’s providing for his friend from Tokyo. In fact, Silicon Valley’s iconic tech companies have discovered tourists are now dropping in on their headquarters. “It was nice to walk between the buildings, take some pictures and see the employees enjoy their lunch break,” wrote one visitor to Google’s campus, before complaining that Google hadn’t also provided them with bathroom access. “We got told not to use the Google bikes as they are for employees only, which was a bit of a shame,” another visitor complained.

“Hundreds of people a day visit the Facebook sign and Google’s Android sculpture garden in Mountain View,” reports the Bay Area Newsgroup, “with many stopping at other tech giants as well, snapping photos and shooting video…” In fact, Tesla, Apple, Facebook, and Google have all now installed stores where tourists can purchase branded merchandise. (Google sells figurines of their Android mascot for $15).
“What you’re seeing are people on a pilgrimage…” said Stanford communications professor Fred Turner. “Folks are looking for a physical place behind the kind of dematerialized experience that they have online.”

Intel has its own museum, and the Los Altos garage where Steve Jobs started Apple has even been designated a historic site. Are there any other historic tech sites that should be preserved to inspire future generations of tourists?


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