Amidst my snark, there are a few high level things about Facebook’s numbers that I find interesting.
I certainly don’t love everything about Facebook, but there’s no denying that it’s an impressive company — one of the most impressive ever built. You have to respect the fact that they have no fear when it comes to completely changing their product on the fly. Most companies would not have the balls to do half of what Facebook has done over the past few years from a position of power. That alone is why I’ve been bullish on Facebook for a long time.
Obviously, the entire Internet is creaming itself over S-1 filing right now. But I actually don’t think it’s unjustified. When you consider the Google numbers listed above, it’s exciting to think that we’re entering a new era of growth and prosperity for technology companies. It’s exciting not just for Facebook, but for everyone in this space.
The cynics will say these good times won’t last. And they’ll ultimately be right because well, nothing lasts forever. But as the Internet and technology in general continues to be intertwined into the lives of every person on this planet, I can’t help but think this is all just the start of something that we can’t even fathom right now.