Facebook IPO – can social media giant turn things around?

Despite the recent plummit in Facebook IPO one still needs to admit that if you thought this whole Facebook thing was a fad, you were wrong and it’s time to admit it.

Although not performing as expected, one of the biggest impacts of Facebook going public is that it is now in an elite class of its own. Not that it wasn’t already, but now it’s official. They’re not going anywhere, anytime soon, contrary to the disputes from anti-Facebookers cries of “It’s just a fad, like Myspace”. The fact that they’re playing with the big boys, whether performing or not, is merit in itself.

Facebook has now joined a business category that can qualify for a government bailout. If that’s not impressive, even to the skeptics, then I don’t know what is.

Fan or foe?

Admittedly, Facebook isn’t for everyone. If you’re not one of the 901 million users, chances are you probably wouldn’t be reading this. No but seriously, if you’re not a Facebook Fan, its recent IPO status doesn’t mean you have to run out embrace it, although I cannot fathom why you wouldn’t. Just know that more and more business/entertainment/communication will be happening via Facebook.

Get with the times

If you’re purposely ignoring it, you’re deliberately abstaining from a growing part of society’s interactions, and the new way the world is communicating. Possibility the biggest form of change and growth the communication has ever seen.

The reality is Facebook is no longer a platform you can easily shy away from. So instead of looking for reasons why you don’t need to use it, rather acknowledge the reasons why you should.

As François de La Rochefoucauld famously said “The only constant in life is change”. With Facebook leading the way, his words ring true.

Something Facebook IPO learnt the hard way – things don”t always turn out as expected. But if they did, life would be boring right?

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