LinkedIn Passes 200 Million Members

LinkedIn announced this week that it has passed 200 million members. It has taken the social network a while to get to this point. I bet you didn’t know LinkedIn200MillionMembersthat LinkedIn was actually created in 2002, and officially launched in May 2003 – long before Facebook.

The social network has always stayed true to its original purpose – to be the social network for business professionals. It is now the world’s largest professional network on the internet and is used in over 200 countries and territories.

With over 200 million members that means if LinkedIn were a country it would be the fifth most-populated nation in the world, according to the infographic created by LinkedIn (shown below).

The United States has the largest share of members at 74 million. India is second with 18 million, followed by 11 million in Brazil and the U.K., and 7 million in Canada.

Turkey, Colombia, and Indonesia are the fastest growing nations on LinkedIn.

Many social media pundits are suggesting that 2013 could be t-h-e year for big brands on LinkedIn. Last year, LinkedIn opened up a new platform of tools for brands to create a company page on their site.

What do you think? How often do you use LinkedIn?