LinkedIn now sports 500 million members

LinkedIn has now crossed a pretty significant milestone: 500 million members. The company, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2016, took to a new blog post (opens in new tab) to talk about the achievement, along with some stats that put the professional social network's massive numbers into perspective.

According to LinkedIn, those 500 million users are spread out across 200 countries, with United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Singapore, the UK, and Denmark representing the top 5 most connected countries. From LinkedIn:

This community represents 10+ million active jobs, access to 9+ 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. A professional community of this size has never existed until now.

Impressively, LinkedIn counted 467 million users among its ranks in October, meaning it gained 33 million members in just 6 months. And though its focus may be different, LinkedIn is the latest in a handful of social networks to cross the half billion mark. Just in December, Instagram, for example, announced it now has 600 million monthly active users.

For more, you can check out LinkedIn's full blog post (opens in new tab).

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  • But still no UWP app, I have uninstalled Win 8 app which is not working properly.
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  • I was looking for the app in the Windows store the other day since I'm starting my job search soon, but of course it's not there.
  • I've bookmarked the website. :/
  • Yep, another Microsoft fail.
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  • Take a sit and watch the show LaViKe. Movie is not over yet
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  • Wohoo! Finally a bit of mention of little 5,5 million populated Denmark. *is proud*