In the News: The Facebook IPO

It is no secret that Facebook has quickly become one of the most influential companies of the 21st Century.  On February 1, 2012, the social networking site officially filed for an initial public offering, which has become one of the most buzzed about IPOs since Google’s public debut in 2004.  An initial public offering (IPO) occurs when a company first sells its stock to the public.  Facebook’s IPO has sparked much speculation and analysis of what the IPO will mean for potential investors, competitors, and the company itself.  Regardless of whether or not the Facebook IPO proves to be a successful endeavor, it is apparent that social networking is not just a passing trend and other social media companies will be watching closely to see how Facebook fares after the initial hype dies down. What follows are several excellent sources for in-depth information on the Facebook IPO.

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NEW!  Inside Facebook
http://www.insidefacebook.com/

Inside Facebook is an independent news source that is part of the Inside Network company.  The site provides “news and analysis on Facebook’s global growth, corporate developments, and product innovations” and also reports on trends that appear on Facebook.

NEW!  BusinessInsider
http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-facebooks-coming-ipo-2012-2

This BusinessInsider page offers a complete breakdown of the important facets of the Facebook IPO.  BusinessInsider offers news about current business information in the media, technology, financial, and other industry sectors.

NEW!  Mashable page
http://mashable.com/follow/topics/facebook-ipo/

This page aggregates news related to the Facebook IPO, complete with Mashable analysis. Mashable’s “About Us” page describes the company as “the largest independent news source dedicated to covering digital culture, social media and technology.”

DealBook: Tracking Facebook’s Valuation (find it on ipl2)
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/tracking-facebooks-valuation/

Provides an easy to read timeline of Facebook’s increasing valuation from 2004 to January of 2011.  DealBook provides financial news and analysis covering mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, initial public offerings (IPOs), private equity, hedge funds, venture capital, legal matters, and related topics. From the website of The New York Times.

CrunchBase (find it on ipl2)
http://www.crunchbase.com/company/facebook

Want to know about Facebook, Twitter or Steve Jobs? “CrunchBase is the free database of technology companies, people, and investors that anyone can edit.”

TechEye (find it on ipl2)
http://www.techeye.net/company/facebook

British online magazine offering a wealth of technology news stories, editorials by technology writers, and current events stories involving technology.

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