It’s been a busy month, and it’s not even over … yet.
First, we had the highly anticipated LinkedIn IPO last Friday, May 19. Analysts initially recommended a share price of $32-35, but the stock was priced at $45 at the open, roared up to $108+, and then closed the day just above $94. Today it’s trading at $83+, which still puts it in the “win” column, even if it seems a harbinger of Bubble 3.0.
Earlier this month, we had the Facebook campaign to smear Google,driven by some creative dingbats at Burston-Marsteller. On the creepy/evil ratio, Facebook is creepier than “don’t be evil” Google, even though both of them do all kinds of data mining and privacy busting that their users often aren’t aware of. Full disclosure: I use both, but I’m rigorous about reviewing my privacy settings. Caveat emptor, baby.
And last-but-srsly-not-least, we have the Rapture’s #epicfail. I’m not sure who I feel more sorry for: the misguided nut-case Harold Camping who made spreading the May 21 Rapture word his mission, or the other nut-jobs who sank their life savings into helping Harold spread his #epicfail message. Need I repeat – caveat emptor, believers. If you believe in a divine being, don’t take a human being’s word for what said divinity has on his/her schedule. Really.
That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it.