Facebook will reportedly file for IPO later today, and it has the entire tech world buzzing. It will be the only thing people will talk about when Facebook finally files its papers with the SEC.
Don’t believe me? Here’s just a sampling of my Twitter feed from the last 30 minutes:
Officially calling it SNOW DAY for all tech PR people.#FBIPO
— MIGHTY (@2bmighty) February 1, 2012
Tech and Media Blogs Breathlessly Await the Facebook IPO theatlanticwire.com/technology/201â€¦
— Susan Buckley (@mrsgreenclean) February 1, 2012
Wearing blue today. Wikipedia says that’s the color Mark Zuckerberg sees best. Yes, apparently that’s why Facebook’s logo is blue.
— Emily Chang (@emilychangtv) February 1, 2012
“In other words, blah, blah, blah until we get the real numbers â€¦” allthingsd.com/20120201/go-thâ€¦
— Michael Gartenberg (@Gartenberg) February 1, 2012
Love the wild speculation about the Facebook IPO. I think I’ll add to it: Zuckerberg’s dog Beast owns 34% of the company. #bigzuckbucks
— David Goldman (@DavidGoldmanCNN) February 1, 2012
Clearly people are excited — it’s the first time anybody outside of Zuckerberg’s inner circle has gotten a good, hard look at Facebook’s business. The social network is going to deliver some powerhouse numbers, including its revenue, employee count and current user base. It will also tell you exactly how much of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg currently owns, as well as reveal anybody else that owns more than 5% of the company.
Of course, Facebook may not file for IPO today. It may not even file this week. That will make for a lot of sad techies.
But I’m going to be just like everyone else — I have my SEC notifications turned on. When the IPO paperwork hits, I’m going to pick that thing apart and provide my analysis on one of the most important IPOs in American history.
So stay tuned — it looks like today is Facebook D-Day.
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