LinkedIn now has 500 million active users

Arif Bacchus


Microsoft-owned LinkedIn has faced quite a few troubles, especially in Russia, but the professional networking website has still seen many improvements over the past few months, including a new messaging experience, and revamped desktop user interface. With that so, LinkedIn today announced that they have reached the half a billion mark, with over 500 million active users in 200 countries around the world.

According to LinkedIn, the 500 million active users represents a total of 10+ million active jobs, access to 9+ million companies, and 100,000 articles published every week. The professional social networking service ultimately believes that this helps you “stay informed on the news and views impacting your professional world,” highlighting that “a professional community of this size has never existed until now.” A few tidbits from the global LinkedIn community can be seen below.

Top 5 Most connected countries:

  • United Arab Emirates: 211 average connections
  • Netherlands: 188 average connections
  • Singapore: 152 average connections
  • United Kingdom 144 average connections
  • Denmark: 143 Average connections

Top 5 most connected industries:

  • Staffing and recruting: 702 average connections
  • Venture captial and private equity: 423 average connections
  • Human resources: 380 average connections
  • Management consulting: 304 average connections
  • Online media: 303 average connections

As noted by TechCrunch, the latest 500 million active user mark is a rise from the 467 million active users seen in October of 2016.  This is a 33 million active user increase in six months and comes as LinkedIn plans to update with a simplified Terms of Service later this year.  You can read up on the LinkedIn milestone and dive into the full details by checking here.