Facebook has filed paperwork for its Initial Public Offering and now the world waits to see the company’s value. Of course this is assuming the SEC will approve the filing (but really why wouldn’t they). Facebook stocks wouldn’t likely begin trading until May.

The social network will offer $5 billion in stock, and some estimates of market value place the company at a whopping $100 billion–so $5 billion is like a gnat in a tornado.

Mashable thought it might be interesting to look back at the history of tech companies that have gone public. The IPO is all very well, but how valuable did they remain once the stocks start flying?

Take a look at this infographic: