Facebook Roundup: Office Expansion, Social Searches, Black Friday, Gowalla, Places, Zuckerberg and Gawker

By Sara Inés Calderón Comment

Facebook Expanding to New York - VentureBeat reported that Facebook has leased two floors with up to 150,000 square feet at 335 Madison Avenue that may accommodate as many as 600 people.

Social Searching on Bing, Google - SearchEngineLand did a great writeup on the differing ways Bing and Google incorporate social into their current searches.

Black Friday Spending Grows With Facebook - Social networks like Facebook were instrumental in helping to drive Black Friday sales up 16% this year from last year.

Gowalla Adds Places Integration – Location service Gowalla released an upgrade this week that included a feature allowing users to incorporate other check-in location services like Facebook’s Places.

Pulse Integrates Facebook for iPad - Pulse, a popular visual RSS reader, has added a sharp-looking Facebook integration to its iPad app. More at the link.

Gamaroff Releases Places History App - Gamaroff Digital released their new Places product this week, PlaceCheck, which allows users to view your Facebook friends’ Places check-ins over time on a Google map.

Facebook, Skype Preparing VideoChat? - It appears that Skype and Facebook are preparing to partner to launch a video chat feature called VideoChat. More at the link. [Image Via Green Any Site]

Importance of Gawker’s Facebook Traffic – The blog network reported this week that Facebook referrals have increased sixfold since the beginning of the year.

Activist Social Network Launches – Jumo is a social network designed to help social causes and activism and was launched by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.

Southwest Airlines’ Places Charity Promo – Southwest Airlines has launched a Places and Foursquare promotion for charity, the Make-A-Wish Foundation to be exact. Until Christmas, the company will make a $1 donation, in free travel credit form, to the charity up to $300,000 for every traveler who checks into Southwest Airlines upon arriving at an airport. [Image via Southwest Airlines]

Zuckerberg on 60 Minutes this Sunday - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to appear on CBS’ “60 Minutes” program on Sunday.

Former President Bush Visits Facebook – Former President George W. Bush visited Facebook this week and participated in a live Q&A on Facebook with CEO Mark Zuckerberg.