For those who want to own just one ceremonial share of a company, there are websites that specialize in "one share" transactions. The operators of those sites say they expect Facebook to become one of their most popular stocks once it begins trading publicly.
Ask people what they think about Facebook, and you're likely to hear everything from "It's a terrific way to connect with friends and family," to "It's a colossal drain on time and productivity." Soon, you could start getting a third response: It's a big investment opportunity.
Facebook will go public someday, but not anytime soon: The IPO market has all but dried up, and flush Facebook doesn't need the cash. Thankfully, there are plenty of other means of investing in social networking. Let's go over five ways to play this phenomenon right now.