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Does anyone think that this Facebook IPO is going to be valued too high at 100billion?
Yes I think the Facebook IPO is valued to high. This is because its future prospects are really unclear. Of course, with any type of business future prospects are uncertain. But Facebook exists only in the virtual world. Facebook is in a much more ephemeral situation than, say, a mining company that had discovered a new, extractable source of copper, for example. Besides, any alternative social networking tool could overtake Facebook and not much would be lost (in terms of consumers who use Facebook - as it is not an essential tool, unlike cellphones or email. Those who use Facebook for job networking would have as good or better prospects on LinkedIn as it is designed specifically for that purpose). So for all the reasons I have given here, I think the Facebook IPO is valued way too high.
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