LinkedIn reached a milestone this month. The third largest social media network announced that it had reached the 200 million member mark. After launching in 2003, it has taken the social network a decade to reach the 200 million mark. To celebrate the milestone, the network shared some interesting stats, looking at where its members are based, what they do and who has the largest networks.

In a blog post, LinkedIn senior vice president of products and user experience, Deep Nishar thanked LinkedIn members for helping to build the network, adding that it was amazing to see how LinkedIn users have been able to transform their professional lives using the platform.

Nishar highlighted LinkedIn success stories, including Akshay Chaturvedi and Robyn Shulman. Chaturvedi was able to lead an international AIDS project and secure his a job with KPMG using LinkedIn. Thanks to LinkedIn, Shulman is a published writer, having quit he teaching job. She is also leader of a ESL Bilingual Educators group on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn stats and info

The most linked countries

  1. United States – 74 million members
  2. India – 18 million members
  3. Brazil and the United Kingdom – 11 million members

Largest industries

  1. Information technology and services
  2. Financial services
  3. Higher education

Most followed members

  1. Richard Branson
  2. Barack Obama
  3. Deepak Chopra

To view the info graphic, click here.

LinkedIn is a social media network focussed on professional networking, allowing users to set up a professional profile and build a professional network. Using LinkedIn, members can also reconnect with former colleagues and classmates and discover new work opportunities.

Regardless of your industry, you can benefit from LinkedIn. The social network can help you move up in your industry, find a new job, grow your network and increase your skills. Using LinkedIn, you can connect with people in your industry, share ideas and engage with though leaders.

To find out more about using social media to grow your network, contact WSI today.