The Facebook IPO is a watershed moment in social media. It leaves no doubt that social networks are a true cultural and financial force. Social media is here to stay. It's not a fad. And it's huge business. The big question is what's next.
Former TechCrunch senior writer Jason Kincaid is just young enough to remember those days and, in the book, he explains feature-by-feature how Facebook went from something most "grown ups" said they'd never use to something nearly 1 billion people can't live without.
Pop the corks. Light the sparklers. But please. Enough news already about Facebook's IPO. Facebook's public offering is everywhere -- on the web, on the radio, on TV. Does the public really care as much as the press seems to want it to?
By the '70s, rock had become a bloated mass with few points of entry. That paradigm was smashed by punks like the Clash, who, armed with talent, bypassed the existing machine. Visionary CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg have done the same.
After one particularly awful question, Zuckerberg broke down like a cartoon robot that simply could not compute. His eyes darted from place to place. He furrowed his brow and looked up after several moments of silence. 404 error. I had crashed Mark Zuckerberg.
This week's scheduled IPO is merely an extension of what's been happening in the past 8 years -- ordinary people from around the world investing on Facebook with their lives. It's not only Zuckerberg's Facebook -- it's our Facebook.
Investors are clamoring to get in on the Facebook IPO, and Mark Zuckerberg doesn't really need Wall Street to do it.
We may declare ourselves to be donors on our driver's licenses, or we may choose to make organ donation part of a living will -- these steps carry legal weight. Checking off the equivalent of a "like" button on a Facebook profile arguably doesn't.
Wall Street bankers said Mark Zuckerberg wasn't going to show up on Monday, the first leg of the "road show," or publicity campaign to make sure the company he founded is worth close to the estimated $100 billion he and his bankers are looking for.
Medical student Priscilla Chan inspired her famously private boyfriend, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, to lead a public health revolution.
Facebook may be rapidly approaching a phenomenon we might call peak hype -- the moment when both usage and investor interest Facebook reach their zenith and rapidly start to decline and spiral downward.
Those valuations are dizzyingly high. They'd be justified only if the company's top line was growing exceptionally fast, if its bottom line were growing equally fast, and if the risks to the company's business model were modest and controllable. Not one of those things is true.
He ate in the corporate cafeteria rather than the executive dining room. He sent birthday presents to colleagues when they were on business trips. He wrote personal handwritten notes to hundreds of Ford employees who displayed these like badges of honor in their cubicles.
There must be another more 'friend-oriented' ... more 'real-world friend' including and less 'who is this?' Facebook coming, isn't there? There's got to be. Well, a Russian/European company has developed one and it's called Badoo. And it's got 140 million users already.
Studies imply that more than 80 percent of dropouts would have stayed in school if they believed it was more relevant to real life. Learning how to run a small business can help kids see how their core classes aren't just cruel tortures from adults.
Mark Zuckerberg may think that Facebook's recurrent privacy flaps haven't much affected the sometimes anti-social social network, but they represent a huge potential threat to what he has built.