LinkedIn, launched in May 2003, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month. According to a recent Forbes article , “in January, it hit a staggering 200 million users–massive growth when we consider it held just 22 million five years ago, and one million just a year after launch.” If my math is correct, that is an amazing 809% increase in users!
Over the years, new features have been added to the site and this year is no exception. Recently, a Facebook/Twitter-like ability to mention and link to others in “Share” was added. Simply begin by typing in a company’s or individual’s name and from the drop down, click on the match. The mentioned entity is immediately hyperlinked and receives notification that it has been mentioned. Who knows, maybe they will return the favor or engage in conversation with you.
Another recently added feature called “Channels” is found via the LinkedIn Today page. This feature makes news links and slide shows easier to find and follow. Simply click “LinkedIn Today” on the main page to browse, sort and pick the content categories you wish to follow. Currently, there are 20 channels from which to choose with more to be added in the future.
This important and growing professional social media site, which indeed seems to be on its way to also becoming a destination for news and multi-industry thought content, is sure to surprise us with many more awesome features in the years ahead.