Facebook is as big as Europe, but how does it stack up against prior tech IPOs?

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We already knew Facebook was huge, but did you realize it has as many monthly active users are there are people in Europe? The company is headed toward an IPO, but where does it stack up against the tech titans that came before it?

The company has been on its roadshow since earlier this week, talking to bankers about potentially investing in the company’s available shares. Facebook is expected to be valued at around $100 billion when it makes its stock market debut, making it one of the biggest Internet IPOs in U.S. history. With total revenue for 2011 sitting at $3.7 billion, it is almost a mouse in Google’s $37.9 billion 2011 revenue shadow.

Conversation around the IPO has also been deceiving. Here in Silicon Valley, it seems to be the only thing anyone’s talking about when Facebook comes into the conversation. But of the 66 million people mentioning Facebook on the Internet, less than one percent of those conversations have to do with the impending IPO.

Check out more on how Facebook stacks up in this infographic by Banyan Branch:

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Zuckerberg image via Crunchies2009/Flickr


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