NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- I'm not sure I'll ever understand why people can't just forget about 1999.If you're an investor, you'll hurt yourself more hanging on to bad memories of the dot.com era than you will letting them go. I swear every bear who talks down a company such as Facebook ( FB) suffers from post-traumatic stress. Case in point: The nonsensical Barrons hit piece from September that set a $15 price target for FB. Now we've got at a $30 stock -- up roughly 49% since then -- and visioning Facebook at $100 no longer seems so absurd. BRCD)) and Harry Silverglide from the still-independent Extreme Networks ( EXTR). Check out the chart on that bad boy Extreme: EXTR data by YCharts
Guys like Shackleton and Silverglide became instant IPO millionaires. Plenty of retail investors (like me) chased stocks such as FDRY and EXTR losing money in the process. You're going to blame a so-called "bubble" because you broke Investing 101 rule number 9, Never chase an IPO? AMZN), a company that pioneered an entirely new category and will be around forever. The late 1990s/early 2000s period also fueled other game-changing spaces such as search and social media. I look back on those days with a nostalgic fondness and very little pain, remorse or regret.
No doubt, investors and more than a few entrepreneurs learned some hard -- though incredibly worthy -- lessons, but we needed to go through that chaotic cycle to get to where we are today. And we're in a good place. Facebook is one of the companies that defines this place, yet the snark people direct at Mark Zuckerberg will not abate. It's another symptom of our sucky society. Consider reaction to Facebook's big Tuesday announcement. Not only did the stock drop on the news, but the Twitterverse couldn't control itself. Twitter's gaggle of Louie CK wannabes cracked themselves up by cleverly downplaying Facebook's quite promising Knowledge Graph Search. (Everything you need to know about the event and new feature is contained in the last three links). Listen, I was somewhat underwhelmed also, particularly because I didn't think this announcement warranted so much pomp and circumstance. Heck, TheStreet sent Chris Ciaccia all the way to Silicon Valley from Wall Street for this. The development did not deserve Apple ( AAPL)-like fanfare. Save it for something truly earth-shattering. That said, it's important. TheStreet's Dana Blankenhorn does a fantastic job explaining one reason why. But, more than that, the people who take shots at Zuckerberg need to step back and accept that he accomplished more before dropping out of college than most of our families could even dream of getting done across generations. The same people whiffing at the KGS, as Dana calls it, probably would have laughed off the idea of Facebook -- and social networking -- if Zuck tipped them off to it back in Cambridge. Follow @rocco_thestreet --Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.