Facebookmania Begins

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Aug. 9, 1995. Aug. 19, 2004. Those dates are when Netscape and Google, respectively, went public—each ushering in a new era of the Internet and Wall Street’s ardor for its latest and greatest startups . We will similarly look back at May 18, 2012, the date of Facebook’s IPO, as a landmark moment in the history of what they used to call the World Wide Web.

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