Professional networking site LinkedIn published a new infographic on Wednesday to showcase its new milestone of 200 million members.
Since its launch in 2003, the past two years have yielded the largest growth in users, doubling its registered members since March 2011. The United States, leading the way with 74 million users, might have the current state of the economy to thank for the growing number of professionals using the site.
As with all social media, the site is only as useful as the networking activity and user engagement on the site. Consequently, the more people to network with, the more useful the site is to members.
The popular site, with its sleek business interface, is the ideal meet up spot for new and old business connections. Members are introduced to other professionals within their field, share business news, and able to showcase and validate their own skills and expertise among other members of their community.
Although there are 200 million member profiles, more users don't necessarily mean more activity. The number of active users is not published, but is probably significantly lower. Still, 200 registered members is an important milestone and definitely means that there are more users to connect with.
The way regular LinkedIn members must connect with other users through a third party they already know, online communities can take time to cultivate. Having more users is a positive step to increase membership and activity.