There’s been a lot of talk this week about Facebook going public in 2012. The social networking company is going to valued around $100 billion dollars, according to The Wall Street Journal. In a time when some mainstream Internet companies are filing their IPOs (LinkedIn and Groupon most recently, it seems almost fate that Facebook would follow suit.
So what does this mean for you as a potential investor?
If you’ve got the funds to throw down for a piece of the action, I’d consider it. Facebook doesn’t appear to be coming down anytime soon in its reign as one of the top web entities to exist. On the other hand, it’s possible that the Facebook IPO could suffer from “Groupon Syndrome” – where the highly anticipated value experienced a down fall as stock prices dropped for multiple days.
As a user of the site, it could mean good things as far as user experience and privacy goes because of the increase in stakeholders for the company. I’m betting that the average user won’t notice any changes. But, as Facebook continues to find more ways to make money, we may end up paying the biggest price of all.
Do you think Facebook should IPO?