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Discussing the Facebook Tragedy

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Chief Technology Officer Jeremy Phillips and senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker discuss topics around the investing world.

On Friday, Eric penned an article on Facebook's IPO and the so-called selective disclosures that surrounded it. The article was one of the most read of all time on, with one of the best gauges of that metric being, ironically, the number of likes it yielded from Facebook users. In this video, Jeremy and Eric discuss some of the themes brought up by readers on and what the Facebook saga says about the future of retail investors and their trust of the stock market.

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  • Report this Comment On May 30, 2012, at 1:42 AM, fun2bretired wrote:

    Facebook was disappointing. However, it we are looking at staying with it, this might hit a few bottoms and then once the smoke clears or a good quarterly return, it should be back soaring through the top. We can only hope.

  • Report this Comment On May 30, 2012, at 1:44 AM, ilbader wrote:

    That's it ? your discussion is simply expressing how disappointed you are ?

    How about discussing the prospects of the stock technically ? Guiding you Fools on whether to hold for a long period or not ?

  • Report this Comment On May 30, 2012, at 2:10 AM, JimmyZangwow wrote:


  • Report this Comment On May 30, 2012, at 2:23 AM, matthewluke wrote:

    The Facebook Tragedy? Tragedy?

    Wow. Okay. The bar has now been raised. This is now the new high for hyperbolic Facebook headlines. You're move, CNBC.

    Someone dying in an unfortunate car accident is a tragedy. The declining stock price of a recently IPO'd stock isn't a tragedy.

  • Report this Comment On May 30, 2012, at 3:23 AM, dlswhistleblower wrote:

    Facebook's reported number of users is the Internet's dirty little secret. Every FB gamer I know has multiple accounts - some as many as 20 or more - in order to have several characters (called toons) to gain advantage over others and to be able to send gifts to themselves. These accounts often have fake names and profile pictures. Facebook overlooks these obvious fake names in order to overstate their user-base. Also, how many people have signed up only never to log in again. These people (along with the fake toons) are counted as regular users by Facebook statistics.

  • Report this Comment On May 30, 2012, at 5:18 AM, daisybowe wrote:

    What is it with MF and "The Facebook Tragedy"?

    I'm with WhichStocksWork. 9/11 was a tragedy.

  • Report this Comment On May 30, 2012, at 10:26 AM, mapbc wrote:

    Would be nice to have summaries of the videos in text form. Quick read on the phone vs. eating up my data plan. If any content editors are reading.

  • Report this Comment On May 30, 2012, at 1:44 PM, saoudalmualla wrote:

    FB proved incompetent leadership even before their IPO. Imagine if on the day of the IPO FB announced the purchase/takeover of RIMM and NOKIA. How much would the share be worth if that sort of tactic was used and action was taken? I am sure we would be talking about FB in the $80 with also a minicollapse in GOOG and AAPL shares. I advice small businesses and for what suppose to be one of the future biggest company to handle their IPO with such an incompetence is unbelievable and honestly is an indicator of a demise of FB. This is a ruthless era and such a foolish mistakes are (and will) be punished. FB is building its own Smartphone! as if Apple and Android would wait for them to do so. My guess by the time FB releases their phone, the share would be in the junk territory joining Nokia and RIM. Sell FB if you made the mistake of buying it and pick a trusted stock like Apple or Amazon with a proven track record of strategic and tactical know how and not an armature, over hyped over and over valued company run by few idiots and greedy manipulators

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