LinkedIn now stands at 200 million members

The U.S. accounts for more than a third of that total, with far more members than any other single nation. Coming in at No. 2: India.

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LinkedIn has reached another big-round-number milestone.

The professional social network today announced that it now has over 200 million members across more than 200 countries and territories around the world, accounting for 19 languages.

"I'd like to thank each of you for helping build the LinkedIn network into what it is today," LinkedIn senior vice president of products and user experience, Deep Nishar, wrote today in a blog post. "It's been amazing to see how our members have been able to transform their professional lives through LinkedIn. You truly grasp the power of LinkedIn when you start to focus on these individual success stories."

LinkedIn has been growing quite rapidly. The company announced in March 2011 that it had hit 100 million users -- eight years after its founding in 2003. In November, the company announced that its membership had risen to 187 million users .

A key component in LinkedIn's growth has been international expansion. The company reported today that Turkey, Colombia, and Indonesia are its fastest-growing markets. On the mobile side, China, Brazil, and Portugal are leading the way. All told, over 64 percent of LinkedIn members are currently living outside the U.S.

Still, the U.S. is central to LinkedIn's success. According to the company, 74 million members are in the U.S., easily dwarfing the second-place country, India, which has 18 million members. The U.K. and Brazil both tied for third place with 11 million members.

One other interesting tidbit: 4 million of LinkedIn's members identify themselves as working in the IT sector. Financial services and higher education take the next spots with 2 million and 1.95 million members, respectively.

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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