Infographic: Facebook's Roller-Coaster IPO by the Numbers

Oh, how things can change in a week. Turn the calendar back just a few pages, and Facebook (Nasdaq: FB  ) was the toast of the investing world -- a company that could do no wrong. It had already managed to mint fortunes for those involved before its IPO, and many individual investors hoped to cash in on "the next big thing." Fast-forward to today and Facebook finds itself bloodied and bruised, having lost more than 15% of its value over the course of a mere five days. Worse yet, a flood of rumors and errors have surfaced from the period leading to its public debut that look to further taint what has become one of the most memorable IPOs of all time, albeit now for all the wrong reasons. In hopes of commemorating this iconic (or perhaps idiotic) event, a couple of Fools constructed an infographic to recount what got us here.

And while we now know that Facebook's IPO wasn't all that it was cracked up to be, our senior technology analyst has been saying that for months now. In fact, Facebook doesn't even top his list of the best social networking stock on the market. He spells out exactly why investors should be looking to another transformative social networking stock in our new research report, which you can grab free of charge by just clicking here.

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  • Report this Comment On May 30, 2012, at 7:15 PM, CoreAndExplore wrote:

    I'm going to go ahead and call BS on your shorting FB @ $38. First of all, only a privileged few investors were able to get their hands on shares to short on the first day of trading, and after that, of course the price would have already been considerably lower. If you had said "short Facebook shares at $32" or something, that would actually be believable.

    I see your posts everywhere and your sig line just makes you look like a complete self-satisfied blowhard.

  • Report this Comment On May 30, 2012, at 7:43 PM, Darwood11 wrote:

    How did FB achieve this number? You can dazzle them with brilliance, or baffle them with BS. If you are really adept, you can use a bit of both!

  • Report this Comment On May 31, 2012, at 12:41 AM, SuntanIronMan wrote:

    Quick disclosure question:

    Did The Motley Fool sell its shares of Facebook already? I noticed on May 29th, articles were saying "The Motley Fool owns shares of Facebook.". But no May 30th, no position? Don't think I saw any Facebook share disclosures before the 29th. So that was quick.

  • Report this Comment On May 31, 2012, at 10:05 AM, TMFTheDude wrote:

    @ WhichStockWorks

    Thanks for the catch, the Fool does indeed still own shares in Facebook, on behalf of some of our analysts' Rising Stars portfolio. We updated the disclosure to reflect this. Sorry for the snafu.

    Fool on!

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