Facebook's road to IPO: 10 memorable moments

The good, the bad, the Facebook

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The IPO to come

Karel BalounREUTERS/Robert Galbraith
Karel Baloun poses for a photo while working on his computer at his home in Lafayette, California, December 2, 2011. Facebook's IPO has been long anticipated, but veterans of other startups that have gone public say the period after could be fraught with new challenges. One such person is engineer Baloun, who joined the social network in 2005 and left just over a year later to start his own online network for commodities-futures traders, funded by a tidy package of stock options. It failed and Baloun laments that he could have made a lot more money if he had stayed at Facebook. But he is philosophical, saying that the equity windfall gave him the cushion to do new things. Picture taken December 2, 2011.

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Facebook population: 1 billion?

Everyone knows Facebook will go public; the only question is when. (Some say the IPO will happen in May of this year; others predict September or later.) When it does, it's likely to be one of the largest in history; analysts speculate Facebook will achieve a book value of $100 billion or more, with Zuckerberg's net worth reaching around $25 billion. How will Facebook change as a result of going public? It may be pressured into finding new revenue streams by monetizing the enormous cache of user data it has collected. Or it could face even closer scrutiny over future privacy violations, especially as the FTC conducts its bi-annual audits. As they say, only time will tell.

The Good: Zuckerberg will be able to buy a lifetime supply of new hoodies
The Bad: He probably won't

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