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Rumors About Facebook IPO Continue

Investors could be "friending" a Facebook IPO in the near future.

While other tech industry darlings such as Groupon, Yelp and Angie's List have gone public, Facebook has famously avoided an IPO. However, rumors persist that the social media giant may soon float itself to

While other tech industry darlings such as Groupon, Yelp and Angie's List have gone public, Facebook has famously avoided an IPO. However, rumors persist that the social media giant may soon float itself to outside investors.

There is a lot of speculation surrounding the company, as Eric Jackson notes on the Forbes blog, with analysts saying its valuation could hit $100 billion after it goes public and others predicting it will pull in $4.27 billion in revenue this year. Yet Jackson argues that it could all be hype, as there are chances that Facebook's ad sales and services (providing the ability to very closely target consumers) could fall flat. The result could be as anticlimactic as Groupon's IPO, he warns.

Earlier this month, Business Insider reported that IPO rumors were flying among the company's employees, with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg starting to imply that the offering is "coming," although he has yet to set a date.

The news outlet reports that regardless of public standing, Facebook will have to start disclosing its finances next year, and may just decide to push for the full IPO.  

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