Facebook is Public! Zuckerberg rings the opening bell

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.

Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a contributing writer for Visual News. A 4th generation San Franciscan, Shawn has developed an adventurous spirit that has taken him to over 55 countries. His degree in cultural anthropology shapes his perspective and thirst to socially experiment in a rapidly shifting planet. His work has been featured in the Seattle Times, The Globalist and the Daily Mail. Currently he is writing a book about the shared economy. Connect with him @shawnsaleme.

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