LinkedIn hits 100 million members

By Geoff Duncan

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LinkedIn has always been a social networking service with a bit of a twist: instead of encouraging people to play games,amass as many “friends” as possible,and encourage outrageous online behavior, LinkedIn has targeted professionals and job-seekers, enabling folks to make connections with their professions and industries. And while Facebook is the dominant player in the social networking market, LinkedIn is still experiencing extraordinary growth: the site now claims to have more than 100 million users, more than half of whom are outside the United States.

“This isn’t just a big milestone for us–it’s also an important one for all of you, our members, who’ve helped build the LinkedIn network,” wrote LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. “We’re most inspired that by connecting talent with opportunity at massive scale, we’re changing people’s lives in meaningful and sustainable ways. Each of our 100 million members has a unique story — from finding a job, to recruiting talent, to sourcing new deals, and even starting a business.

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