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May 7, 2012 5:08 PM

Facebook Roadshow: Execs hit the road to court investors

(NBC) - Before sending his sales force out, Mark Zuckerberg put out an online video touting the virtue and value of Facebook.

The founder and CEO makes the case that Facebook execs will start taking to investors that access to Facebook's 900-million users is really what is up for sale here.

"Wall St. loves the fact that they have so many users," said Paul Sloan CNET Executive editor.

Sloan has written extensively on Facebook's initial public offering, now set for around May 17th.

"Advertisers want nothing more than to be all over Facebook because they've never seen a site with so much usage, right?," said Sloan.

Sloan says the I-P-O is exposing a long standing reluctance by Zuckerberg to make Facebook more billboard than bulletin board and this could make investors reluctant.

"We all use Facebook we all have a lot of things there but if its suddenly our newsfeed is showing up with all kinds of advertising we're gonna bail. you're just not gonna come back. And so he needs to tread really carefully not to anger users," said Sloan.

The I-P-O stock prices are expected to be between 28 and 35-dollars a share and make Zuckerberg even more of a billionaire just days after he turned 28 years old.

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