4 things you probably didn’t know about LinkedIn

It’s no secret that the professional network is growing by leaps and bounds, but did you know that a new member joins every second?


LinkedIn has been around longer than you probably realize, but only recently does it seem like anyone who’s anyone uses it. But how much do you know about the premiere professional social media website?

1. A new user signs up every second

According to recent statistics, a new user signs up to LinkedIn every single second. Considering the site already has over 70 million users, it’s giving other social media sites a run for their money.

Also, with more than 200 countries represented, the worldwide reach of LinkedIn can’t be overlooked, either.

2. The site’s creator came from Paypal

LinkedIn creator Reid Hoffman was the executive vice president of Paypal when he came up with the idea for the social media site. He was also a member of the board of directors at the founding of Paypal.

As an active angel investor, Hoffman has also helped found websites like Facebook, Flickr, Digg, Last.fm, and Zynga. Considering the strength of Facebook and LinkedIn in the social media world, it’s kind of surprising one man had his hands in both of them.

3. It’s older than you think

Hoffman created the site way back in May of 2003. It only earned recognition and the huge upswing of users in the last three years or so, and the least year has seen a growth spike.

Since its inception, it’s seen the rise and fall of Myspace, the creation of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, saw at least part of both George W. Bush terms and the first non-white president elected as Commander in Chief.

4. Recruiters are everywhere

Out of those 70 million users of LinkedIn, approximately one out of 20 is a recruiter or headhunter. In fact, Oracle head hunted its Chief Financial Officer Jeff Epstein in 2008 from his LinkedIn profile. (He resigned in April 2011.)

So, if you’ve been dragging your feet adding your profile or updating all your information, you’ve probably missed out on at least dozens of opportunities to find that next great client or job. Get to it.

Mickie Kennedy is the CEO and founder of eReleases and blogs at PR Fuel, where a version of this article originally appeared.

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