February 2, 2012
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Facebook files for IPO
After months of speculation, Facebook on Wednesday filed a Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, announcing its intention to go public.

It's the biggest online media and finance story of the young year, and promises to be the most lucrative tech initial public offering in U.S. history -- possibly the richest IPO of any kind. On Facebook's first trading day, expected sometime this spring, the company could be valued at as much as $100 billion.

This SmartBrief on Social Media Special Report takes a deep dive into the user and financial data released by Facebook and looks at what might be in store for Facebook and its 845 million active users down the road.

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SmartQuote 
We think the world's information infrastructure should resemble the social graph -- a network built from the bottom up or peer-to-peer, rather than the monolithic, top-down structure that has existed to date. We also believe that giving people control over what they share is a fundamental principle of this rewiring."
--Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, from his letter in the company's IPO filing
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 Andy Sernovitz, Editor at Large
Andy Sernovitz is the New York Times best-selling author of "Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking" and the blog "Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!" He runs WordofMouth.org, where marketers and entrepreneurs learn to be great at word of mouth marketing, and SocialMedia.org, the community for social media leaders at the world's greatest brands.
 
 
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