LinkedIn this week announced a major milestone: The professional network has exceed the 500-million user mark.
The Microsoft-owned company said its more than half a billion members hail from 200 countries. Its growth has been and a steady since the firm announced it had 467 million members last fall.
“This community represents 10-plus million active jobs, access to nine-plus million companies, and with more than 100,000 articles published every week it’s helping you stay informed on the news and views impacting your professional world,” LinkedIn said in a blog post. “A professional community of this size has never existed until now. With each connection you make, the total reach of your professional community grows and so do your career opportunities.”
LinkedIn also released some interesting facets about its global community.
LinkedIn said the connections a person makes, on average, reflects an average of 400 new people you can get introduced to and begin to building relationships with. In fact, the reach of one’s professional community, on average encompasses 100 new companies and an average of 500-plus jobs.
“The impact of half a billion professionals connecting and communicating is very real, and very accessible to anyone who wants to take part today.” LinkedIn said. “We’re excited to think about the potential of what a highly connected global community of professionals can do, and the value that is created for every member of the global workforce.”
Microsoft took ownership of LinkedIn last December. The $26.2-billion all-cash transaction — Microsoft’s largest acquisition to-date — brought together two powerhouses: one a software and cloud technology firm, the other the leading social network for professionals.
LinkedIn continued on as a separate entity, however, with CEO Jeff Weiner remaining as the company’s leader.