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Facebook is Public! Zuckerberg rings the opening bell

Friday 05.18.2012 , Posted by
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At 9:30am Eastern Standard Time, Mark Zuckerberg rang the opening NASDAQ bell from Facebook’s company headquarters in Menlo Park, California. With slightly geeky smiles, Zuckerberg held his cool as he was flanked by his chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, who was beaming with smiles and high fiving everyone around after the bell was rung.

Cheers echoed throughout the thousands of employees that were outside of the headquarters at 6:30am Pacific time. Everything that people had worked hard for over the years was recognized in a new way today and many employees echoed a sense of satisfaction through their own facebook feeds. “I cried and then called my mom. I’m so proud to be just a tiny part of this incredible place.” Said Nicci Ciranna, who works in pages policy and operations.

Congratulations to Facebook, may more people be connected in the world and through it build a greater understanding of each other and our world.

Trading begins at 11am Eastern time.

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Shawn Saleme

Written by Shawn Saleme



Shawn Saleme is a full time writer for Visual News. Having traveled to over 45 countries, his international escapades continue to influence his writing and perspective. When not in a foreign territory, he makes his home in his native San Francisco Bay Area. Become friends with him on Facebook and invite him to share drinks and stories with you.

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