In the long run it could be that personal data is less secure than it is now. It is not that secure now. It could result in an abuse of information depending on who owns the largest share of Facebook. If that becomes the case we, the fickle public, could soon, wave bye bye to Facebook. Not so long ago many of us loved MySpace. Last year it was sold for a relative pittance as people moved over to Facebook and left MySpace behind.
Whilst buying stocks in Facebook in the short term should be a good investment, long term it could be a different matter. According to the LA Times, "Facebook is expected to raise $10 billion in the offering, giving it a market capitalization of $100 billion. Google, by comparison, raised $1.9 billion in its IPO in 2004". Big bucks indeed.
Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, still only aged 27, will join the ranks of the richest men in the World after the stock floatation. Trading is expected to be fast and furious on the day with many hoping to make money almost immediately.
Facebook's wealth lies in the users personal information and its value to advertisers and the like. Although the day of the stock market float is still not known it is predicted that it will be before April 2012, due to US Federal financial rules.