It's true, Mark Z and team are set for an IPO of a staggering 100 billion (yes, you read correctly). The 2004 nobody start-up, now estimated at a minimum 2.0 billion net, is about to open go public?
A few things to consider:
1. Googles IPO was meager in comparison
2. 100 billion !?!?!?!
3. FB has a hugely powerful, internal, guaranteed, ever learning search engine which makes their advertising potential ridiculous.
4. They have teamed up with search giant Bing to form an outlet and perhaps an inlet for more search relevance.
5. 100 billion !?!?!?!
**(ps, so you know, both Yahoo and Bing own a piece of Google. Bing now owns a piece of FB, Yahoo is interested in buying up a portion of DoubleClick, Googles prime Ad Generator.
Is FB working with these others in an attempt to topple the Search Giant (hey, David only used a small stone) or is there something else in the works we folk aren't seeing?
Oh, and not to forget, $100 billion ?!?!?!?!
(Google's total net worth, with all the M&A, is only $30 billion. Even if hey sold off alll assets for cash, they would not rweach 50 billion to compete with FB. There is also weird rumor about Twitter, the "RSS of FB" chiming in. **If all this sounds like a bank merger/acquisition after the US bank collapse, you would not be far off).
Also, how will this effect pub sites like Hub Pages, Squidoo, etc. Will they have to bite into or get bought up FaceBook or Bing in the next three years?
With this kind of instant gratification, super-targeted search results and a huge lean toward iOS living, how many social junkies will jump from Google 1-2-3 search to the Social Network search?
You forget Google also own Youtube, Youtube receives a quarter of all internet searches if I remember correctly..
Google is nowhere near being toppled yet.
I included that in Google's Assets. Still can't compete as far as numbers go. and with so many young people using SoNet, I wouldn't be surprised if people start buying up FB stock like hotcakes.
As for YouTube, with the likes of News Corp, Disney, etc behind Hulu and also now behind FB + Microsoft, Google is looking to climb a big mountain...
Its just so weird, yet so fascinating, the potential of mergers and shifts in the tech sector in the next three years.
Even Flipboard is considering selling to FB or Bing -and they just got funded like a year ago, because of the iOS platform and integration for social networks.
Flipboard is an iOS program that pulls relevant content from all social platforms and displays it magazine style. It also is a learning program that builds article recommendations based on hat you search or like --exactly like FB does. If you have an iPad or Tablet, download it.
Am thinking the ought to sell it now while the getting is good. It is all about Mark Z
anyway. Face recognition - dangerous stuff.
Think it will go the way of Myspace.
I wouldn't. News Corp-Disney owns My Space now.
with that and Hulu, the entertainment world is cornered.
If FB can integrate Hulu for Video and MySpace for Music, both Yahoo and You Tube are going to get hit hard.
The thing with You Tube is tough, as most of the videos are low quality music or homemade. If, again if, smaller software companies can build a better resolution platform for homemade videos, or if Hulu finds a way through 5min (also a homemade video company) and Bing starts serving Ads through them, we are talking revolution!
The key to the whole thing is mobile and now tablet computing. Everything is going on-demand download for mobile. Although resisting it, even me and my partner are looking to build a pub platform or CMS over iOS for our site.
Love my desktop and really old monitor although good size, and will never give it up. But think you are right everything is going to 'mobile and now tablet computing'.
Facebook user numbers are down in the United States in the past month for the first time since the website started 7 years ago. They've done a terrible job of integrating advertising on the site, despite the huge resource of user information. If they can get $100 billion out of an IPO, they should do it, because frankly I'd rather own a piece of Google than the same size piece of Facebook. Google took a great product and monetized it in an ingenious way. Facebook took a great product and after 7 years they're still using ad space to try to sell me a $10 DVD of a movie they should assume I already own.
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