Facebook filed for its initial public offering (IPO) on Wednesday, a monumental step in the short history of the company that has helped change the face of the Internet in just eight years.
The company plans to raise $5 billion, which would be one of the largest IPOs by any technology company, and fitting for Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, which rarely dabble in subtlety. The Web site recorded net income of $1 billion on $3.7 billion in revenue in 2011 -- and the IPO could set Facebook's value close to $100 billion.
All of Facebook's statistics are impressive. Users share 250 million photos a day, and like or comment on posts 2.7 billion times daily. Most important, Facebook is the second-most-visited site on the whole Internet, behind only Google's search engine.
The social network has 845 million users. But for the company, that's not enough -- Facebook wants to get every one of the 2 billion Internet users on the planet signed on to its service.
The size of our user base and our users' level of engagement are critical to our success, Facebook said in the SEC filing. We aim to connect all of them, it continued, referring to the world's Internet users.
About 60 percent of those not on Facebook are in Asia, Reuters reported on Thursday, meaning that a population nearly equal to Facebook's current size is waiting on the wings.
However, three of the 10 countries with the most Facebook members are in Asia and the company is seeing more growth in the region than anywhere else.
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