LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with 161 million members in over 200 countries and territories. The site has become a great resource for finding jobs and also for recruiters looking to hire new employees.
Sixty-one percent of LinkedIn members are located outside of the United States. LinkedIn members did nearly 4.2 billion professionally-oriented searches on the platform in 2011 and are on pace to surpass 5.3 billion in 2012.
The site offers free basic membership to users and upgraded accounts to let you contact more members from $24.95 to $99.95 month. Discounts are available for annual subscriptions. Other accounts are available for recruiters, job seekers and sales professionals.
LinkedIn is currently available in 17 languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, LinkedIn also has U.S. offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Omaha and San Francisco. International LinkedIn offices are located in Amsterdam, Bangalore, Delhi, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Mumbai, Munich, Paris, Perth, São Paulo, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto.
In 2011, the company reported revenues of $522.1 million, more than double the previous year, and net income of $11.9 million.
As of March 31, 2012, LinkedIn has 2,447 full-time employees located around the world. LinkedIn started off 2012 with about 2,100 full-time employees worldwide, up from around 1,000 at the beginning of 2011 and about 500 at the beginning of 2010.
LinkedIn started out in the living room of co-founder Reid Hoffman in 2002. The site officially launched on May 5, 2003.
At the end of the first month in operation, LinkedIn had a total of 4,500 members in its network.
LinkedIn went public on the Nasdaq stock exchange at $45 per share on May 19, 2011. Shares more than doubled in price on the first day.
Updated July 21, 2012