At a time when the social networking landscape is dominated by players like Facebook, which now has more than 1 billion registered users, it’s difficult to be impressed by numbers that are substantially smaller.
But growth is still noteworthy elsewhere in the social networking space. And LinkedIn is a prime example.
Although it largely flew under the radar in recent days, LinkedIn, which launched ten years ago, is celebrating another significant milestone. The site has now surpassed 200 million members. When you consider that LinkedIn had just 100 million members two years ago, the compound growth rate in less than two years has been tremendous.
The swelling membership is “an important and exciting milestone for the company,” says Deep Nishar, senior vice president for products and user experience at LinkedIn.
“This milestone is more than just a metric — it’s a reminder of the global footprint and the scale of impact our network has each day,” Nishar added.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the world’s largest professional network isn’t growing fastest in the U.S. Available in over 200 countries today, the fastest growing markets include Turkey, Columbia, and Indonesia. Growth in the mobile sector is headlined by China, Brazil, and Portugal.
Overall, Brazil is now tied with the United Kingdom for having the third most registered LinkedIn members (approximately 11 million).