Like most people, you've probably shaken your head in disbelief at Facebook's popularity. And like most people, you probably wouldn't say no to a share or two when Facebook goes public on Friday.
That's the thing: A recent poll found that nearly half of respondents say they think taht Facebook is just a passing fad. But there's no denying the hoopla surrounding the company's IPO, and a sense that it'd be crazy not to get a piece of the action.
Me, I'm keeping my distance, just as I did when Google went public. In that case, I was dead wrong. The search giant's stock took off like a rocket and never came back to Earth. But my reasoning was sound.
I worried that someone else could easily come along with their own fancy algorithm and eat Google's lunch. And it could still happen.