LinkedIn has reached another milestone. The professional social network now has a user base of over 200 million users from over 200 countries.
The site is used in 19 different languages. More than half of its users live outside the US.
It’s a ranking that Deep Nishar, LinkedIn’s Senior Vice-president, described as “an important and exciting milestone” in a blog post.
“It’s been amazing to see how our members have been able to transform their professional lives through LinkedIn,” Nishar blogged.
The company has grown steadily, reaching its first 100 million members in March of 2011. Since last November, it has added more than 13 million members. Of course, these are only registered users, not active users, as the company does not disclose actual usage numbers.
The 200 million mark also pales in comparison with Facebook’s 2 billion users, who are active monthly users. But the difference is a significant size of LinkedIn’s base are paying customers, with a fifth of all accounts signing up for a premium service.
That’s a key difference that means the world to the company’s stock price. Since going public in May of 2011, the company has not felt the sting of other IPOs such as Zynga, Groupon and Facebook whose prices have plunged since going public. Opening originally at $42 to $45, LinkedIn stock currently trades at $112.
To celebrate its milestone, the company broke down its international usage. It has 74 million users in the US, 18 million in India, 11 million in the UK and in Brazil, and 7 million in Canada. Its fastest growing countries include Turkey, Columbia, and Indonesia.
The largest industries to use LinkedIn include IT at 4 million, financial services at just over 2 million, higher education at just under 2 million, computer software at 1.65 million, and telecommunications at just under 1.6 million.
If LinkedIn were a country, it would have the fifth largest population in the world, bigger than Brazil but smaller than Indonesia, and a size equal to the populations of France, the UK, and Italy combined.