Web Services Web 20 and SOA: Facebook IPO: 10 Facts You Didn't Know Before the SEC Filing

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2012-02-07 Print this article Print


Facebook's IPO is currently estimated at $5 billion, which would shatter Google's record $1.9 billion for largest U.S. Internet IPO. Moreover, that $5 billion could actually be more by the time Facebook goes public.
One of the dreams journalists, high-tech watchers and pundits have is that a high-rising Internet darling files its S-1 statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, announcing its intentions to go public. The resulting filings reveal oodles of facts about the company's culture, fiscal results, its view on the competition and other details. Facebook effectively fulfilled the dream of many Feb. 1 in its filing to go public. Along with it, came the deluge of details the company had not been required to bare for the general public. These details include interesting facts, for example, that Facebook's revenues were $3.71 billion last year. Media pounced on the revelations, feasting on such tidbits as how many times Facebook used the word mobile-123 times, Twitter is mentioned twice, Microsoft five times and Google 14. Really, the record-keeping is exhaustive. eWEEK boiled down some of the key details and put them together here for our readers' leisurely perusal. Enjoy.

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