Facebook–Going It Alone or Goin’ Courting?




Because it’s Friday, I briefly contemplated just writing “FACEBOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” in this post and publishing it, but realized that I like having a job. So, instead, I’ll secure our status as the unofficial Facebook rumor blog and give you a few more of this week’s Facebook rumors today.

Six Billion Dollars?
Rumors are flying that Microsoft offered to buy Facebook for $6 billion this week. Of course, they could have offered six bajillion—Zuckerberg just ain’t selling.

The original author of the rumor, Henry Blodget, makes the important observation:

$6 billion’s a nice fat number, but it’s only 1/25th of Google’s valuation, and the Facebook folks clearly think they’re worth more than that.

On the other hand, it’s 200 times $30 million, the estimated earnings for Facebook this year (as reported by John Batelle).

IPO?
We’ve mentioned this before, but there’s also the latest round of rumors of an impending Facebook IPO. This time, there’s one more piece of potential evidence: a job listing on Facebook for a Stock Administration Manager. Requirements: “administration experience in an international public company, preferably a technology company” and “Strong knowledge of SEC, FASB, and IRS rules and regulations relating to stock plans and insider trading.”

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  • http://www.webmaster-money.org Webmaster Money

    Interesting to watch this Facebook story. I am wondering what will be the final number.

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  • http://www.claycook.net Clay Cook

    I think IPO is likely.

  • http://www.onlinemarketingbusinessopportunity.net/onlinemarketingblog.htm Online Marketing Blog

    I just keep watching this story to see how it turns out.

  • http://www.petertdavis.net Peter

    When you say “Goin’ Courting?” perhaps you mean going to court? As in, it will be interesting to see how the lawsuit comes out?