The professional network platform, LinkedIn, announced Monday that its membership had increased to 500 million, same way its user base showed a constant growth following last year’s acquisition by Microsoft.


“We recently crossed an important and exciting milestone,” Vice President LinkedIn, Aatif Awan remarked in a blog post.


“We now have half a billion members in 200 countries connecting, and engaging with one another in professional conversations and finding opportunities through these connections on LinkedIn.” He said.


It was revealed that in the latest acquisition of Linkedin by Microsoft in the sum of $26bn was finalized in December, being the largest deal sealed for a social media company.


Last June, LinkedIn showcased 433 million registered users.


The idea behind the acquisition is to reposition the former tech sector leader as a Facebook-like subsidiary localized to business, having a list of services based on cloud computing.


Awan mentioned that LinkedIn features 10 million active job placements, with access to nine million companies, and not less than 100,000 articles published weekly.


“A professional community of this size has never existed until now,” he maintained.


“The impact of half a billion professionals connecting and communicating is very real, and very accessible to anyone who wants to take part today.”

He said.

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