One martini whisperer, 17 cheese investors, 74 Elvis impersonators: LinkedIn surpasses 100 million users
Tuesday 22 March 2011
On March 22, professional networking site
LinkedIn announced on its blog that it had reached the milestone of over 100 million users.
The company was founded in 2002 and serves as a networking site for professionals across a number of industries where members can connect with others, search for job listings and ask for introductions.
To celebrate reaching 100 million members, the company compiled an infographic detailing some interesting, and some bizarre, information about the company.
According to the infographic:
- 56% of all of the site's members in 2010 were from outside of the United States
- The fastest growing countries on the site in 2010 were Brazil (428%), Mexico (178%), India (76%) and France (72%)
- The most popular overall hours for LinkedIn activity are from 9am - 5pm Pacific Time (the average working day)
- 73 percent of Fortune 100 companies use LinkedIn hiring solutions
- The most active companies on the site are eBay, EMC², Campbell's, Apple, Amazon.com and Cisco
More unusually, of the 100 million members, 997,000 were teachers, 1,030 were chocolatiers, 74 were Elvis tribute artists and one was a '"martini whisperer."
Other unusual statistics are: if 100 million business cards were placed in a vertical pile it would tower at around 29,999.94 meters (Mount Everest is 8,848 meters); and perhaps strangest of all, of the 17,800,000 members in groups, 17 are in the (serious) Canadian group called "Invest in Cheese."
The full LinkedIn info graphic is available to view at: http://blog.linkedin.com/100million/
In comparison, networking site Viadeo, which used to be chiefly European, now boasts around 35 million members across nine countries throughout North America (around 5 million), South America (11.3 million) and Asia (5.5 million).
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