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5 Things To Know About Facebook (Slideshow)

5 Things To Know About Facebook (Slideshow)
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Today, Friday, May 18, is the much awaited — much hyped, depending on your perspective — day on which Facebook is due to make its initial public offering and become a publicly traded company on the Nasdaq.

What started as an idea among four Harvard students is set, under the aegis of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, to become one of the largest offerings ever, over and above that of Google and other tech companies.

Tempering the excitement is uncertainty about Facebook’s future profitability, especially regarding advertising and its business model, not to mention ongoing questions about privacy and users’ data, and what Facebook does with that data.

Facebook employees have been pulling an all-night hackathon and the word from CNET is that Zuckerberg, rather than traveling to Wall Street to ring the Nasdaq bell, will be in Hacker Square at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters to sound a ceremonial bell at 6:30 am PST (i.e., 9:30 am EST).

A few things to know about Facebook and the IPO.

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11:59AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Are we supposed to care? This information doesn't do anything for me.

12:35AM PDT on May 27, 2012

never input truly personal info nor list as public. also, leery of apps that communicate all activity..

1:59AM PDT on May 25, 2012

I don't want to know anything about them!

12:54PM PDT on May 22, 2012

So much money...

11:44PM PDT on May 21, 2012

Well......thanks for the story

11:06PM PDT on May 21, 2012

same here Rosalind

9:00PM PDT on May 21, 2012

interesting

6:29PM PDT on May 21, 2012

as it is said nothing is free so we pay one way or another wether it be real cash money or other wise!!

2:40PM PDT on May 21, 2012

@George...ummm fb does allow advertising, that is how they make their money....

12:54PM PDT on May 21, 2012

Facebook will go down the drain as soon as they allow advertising.

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