Infographic Examines Facebook's IPO

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Facebook's initial public offering valued the company at $104 billion and raised $16 billion. It is the largest in tech sector IPO in history and the third-largest ever behind Visa and Italian power company Enel. A new infographic examines why the world's most popular social networking site broke the IPO bank.

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This is a historic tech IPO and it’s getting the attention of more than just the investment community, a digital resource for education, has created an infographic that peers into Facebook's $16 billion IPO. “The Facebook IPO: Here’s What All the Buzz Is About” crunches the numbers to show why the company, and the man behind it, received a record-breaking price tag.

The first page of Facebook's IPO prospectus highlights the company's estimated 845 million monthly active users, with 483 million visiting the site each day -- a 425 percent increase from 2009.

“This is a historic tech IPO and it’s getting the attention of more than just the investment community,” shared Michelle LaFrance, spokesperson for “Students, parents and individuals from all walks of life are interested in what going public means for Facebook.”

Trading opened for Facebook Inc. on May 18, 2012, when 180 million shares became available to the public at an initial price of $38 and reached a high of $45 after only a few hours. Company stockholders released an additional 241 million shares on their own, making it the largest tech IPO in history. The volume of Facebook shares traded exceeded 570,000,000 and set a new record for the number of shares bought and sold on day one.

“We wanted this infographic to illustrate just how enormous Facebook -- and social media in general -- has become,” added LaFrance. “ has a special interest because more and more colleges and universities are adding social media marketing to their course list."

In the past, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg held on to the world's largest social site despite private offers ranging from $75 million to as much as $15 billion. Zuckerberg sold 30.2 million shares on Friday for $1.15 billion.

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