"Great," said Roger Wilkerson, 49, who picked up 100 shares for $40.25 each. "Even if I lost all my money, I wouldn't feel like an idiot."
Wilkerson, who runs a tutoring company in Los Angeles, said Facebook stock is likely to be volatile in its infancy.
"It's really funny watching everybody trying to figure Facebook out," he said. "You can't figure it out. You just have to ask yourself whether it'll be here five, 10 years from now, and in my mind, that's a yes."
In early trading, Facebook stock found strong interest in unexpected corners.
But from the get-go, West Hollywood film producer Darren Sherwood, 44, steered clear. "Whenever any company has an IPO, everyone thinks it’s free money and that you’re going to be
Others, such as Los Angeles Twitter user Stephanie Fredricks, wrote: "I would've bought stock in Facebook but I realized my money is better spent on food."
Despite the naysayers, social media consultant Vanessa Bedard, 25, bought 100 shares anyway for $40.60. She was among Facebook's first users when she joined in 2004 as a Syracuse University freshman.
"For me, owning shares is more of a novelty thing," she said. "But I also think it's a smart investment based on their continued growth.... There's endless revenue opportunities and they've only scratched the surface. I'm pretty optimistic."
The only other company that would get the Studio City resident so excited? Twitter.
"They're my number one," she said. "I'd invest in them in a heartbeat."