LinkedIn, a social network for professional business types, has been integral to many of today’s most successful entrepreneurs. Such a site allows users to establish and build lasting connections with those they know and trust professionally. As LinkedIn has over 364 million members and counting, one could say that this site is a central tool for any businessman, whether he be a Wall Street tycoon or a small-scale salesman.
When founded in 2003 by Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly, and Jean-Luc Vaillant, the site’s original purpose was to help others seek out jobs and have their colleagues and mentors bolster their credibility. However, as of 2003 and onward, LinkedIn has become and remained a contact relationship management service. With its amazing increase in popularity within the business world, LinkedIn changed the idea of applying for jobs to be not what you know, but who you know.
As LinkedIn is a website that has held significance in our lives for over a decade, it would only be justified to learn a bit about the company’s inner workings as it is both fascinating and intriguing. Therefore, here’s a list of 20 facts about LinkedIn:
2With an estimated 364 million registered members, if LinkedIn was a country it would have been the 3rd biggest by its population in the world.
33,016,802 LinkedIn members hold a Doctors Degree (PhD) in Philosophy. More than 1.2 million of them reside in the United States of America alone.
4There are more than 5.5 million accountants on LinkedIn. This is 4% more than the total employed workforce of Greece and 20 times more than the one of Iceland.
5LinkedIn’s network grows by 2 new members every second, which is just a bit below the world population growth of 150 per minute.
66,825,827 LinkedIn users have a C-level title as of this moment. More than half reside in North America.
7Some 83,477 baristas have their skills listed on LinkedIn. That’s 7,000 more than the total population of the country of Andorra.
8With 39% of the overall population having a LinkedIn profile, the USA is the leader in LinkedIn adoption on the world map.
10The hottest skill on LinkedIn in 2014 that got people hired was statistical analysis and data mining.
11The most overused LinkedIn profile word of 2014 was “Microsoft.”
123 is the average number of jobs listed on LinkedIn that professionals think look good.
13The percentage of millennials that use LinkedIn is 13%.
143 million people on LinkedIn have added volunteer experience to their profile since 2011.
1592% of high schools’ classes of 2014 don’t use LinkedIn.
16Users will increase their views by 11 times if they add pictures to their profiles.
17The average time a user spend monthly on LinkedIn is 17 minutes.
There are 95,077 marketing managers on LinkedIn who work in the USA. This is more than the total population of New Jerseys capital, Trenton.
1837% of Dutch people have a LinkedIn Profile. This makes the Netherlands the number one country in LinkedIn adoption in Europe.
19The biggest age group on LinkedIn is the 25-34 , with more than 35% of the total user base that has declared their age on their profile.
In the past decade, LinkedIn has transformed the way most individuals of the past believed in networking. The site has become a source of convenience for many as now businessmen no longer have to sift through endless job classifieds or pursue speed dating with busy professionals in order to achieve the dream job they desire.
Most professionals have abandoned such sites as Monster, CareerBuilder, and other traditional online job boards in favor of LinkedIn as the site not only provides information on people’s professional backgrounds, but gives them the opportunity to be exposed to new opportunities, companies, and the people we want to be connected with. In 2012, co-founder Allen Blue states that due to LinkedIn’s presence “people are doing what they love, not just what they have to. [LinkedIn is] Where professionals understand that the work they do is one of the most significant ways in which they can contribute to their communities and the world.”
LinkedIn is an indispensable for any professional, so if you are a business type who still hasn’t been introduced to this amazing site, log on to LinkedIn today!