LinkedIn – a social platform that has enjoyed steady growth following its acquisition in 2016 by tech giant Microsoft, now has over 500 million registered users

It would be recalled that Microsoft paid USD26 billion for LinkedIn making it the biggest-ever deal for a social media company.

“We recently crossed an important and exciting milestone,” LinkedIn vice president Aatif Awan said. “We now have half a billion members in 200 countries connecting, and engaging with one another in professional conversations and finding opportunities through these connections on LinkedIn.”

Before Microsoft bought LinkedIn, the platform had 433 million registered users and it was aimed at making LinkedIn to be the formal sector’s Facebook offering numerous services centered in cloud computing.

Presently, Awan said said LinkedIn has some 10 million active job listings, access to nine million companies, and more than 100,000 articles published every week.

“A professional community of this size has never existed until now, the impact of half a billion professionals connecting and communicating is very real, and very accessible to anyone who wants to take part today,” he said.

LinkedIn is a business- and employment-oriented social networking service that operates via websites and mobile apps. Founded on December 28, 2002, and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs.