Mobile – Facebook And Google Can’t Live With It And They Can’t Live Without It
Saturday, 12 May 2012
This week Facebook did a virtually unprecedented thing. In the middle of its IPO roadshow it modified its S1 filing in reaction to questions it had been being asked by analysts. The modification I refer to stated that Facebook wanted to acknowledge a trend; that trend is the declining ARPU (average revenue per user) being seen in its current quarter. This trend is being driven, Facebook said, by the growth in its usage on mobile platforms and its inability to monetize those platforms in the same way, or at the same rate, as its desktop/laptop offerings. The previous iterations of the S1 had all contained the possibility of this trend. Even the likelihood of it. But the actuality of the trend was noted here for the first time in the S1.
As facebook prepares to file its initial public offering on the Nasdaq, users explain why they just can't live without the social media platform and analysts explain why the company's popularity is unlikely to suffer: