Today is the day Facebook IPOs, in what could well be the largest stock market flotation by an internet company to date.
The company has yet to reach the decade mark – Facebook launched 4 February 2004 in a Harvard University dorm room – and in that relatively short time has revolutionised how people interact online.
The company’s IPO has to be the most closely watched IPO in tech industry history and could emerge as the third-highest valuation at IPO after Visa and GM. Today’s IPO could value the company at well more than the US$100bn expected.
The entertainment industry has latched onto Facebook’s popularity, producing an Oscar-winning film, The Social Network, episodes of TV series (The IT Crowd, South Park, and The Simpsons) and at least one book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal.
In honour of the IPO milestone for Facebook, Siliconrepublic.com presents clips from film and TV that have drawn inspiration from the social network.
The Social Network
A clip from the film about how Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook. Zuckerberg himself said the film is inaccurate, but for the wardrobe sported by the Mark Zuckerberg character (played by Jesse Eisenberg).
South Park: You Have Zero Friends
Kyle, Cartman and Kenny make Stan a Facebook page against his will. Here’s a clip about making friends on Facebook:
The IT Crowd: Friendface
Jen, Roy and Moss discover ‘Friendface’.