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LinkedIn is a prominent social networking platform that primarily caters to professionals and businesses. Established in 2002 in Mountain View, California, by Reid Hoffman and his team, LinkedIn has grown into a global entity with 36 international offices as of 2024. The platform enables job seekers to share their resumes, employers to post job vacancies, and professionals to develop their personal brands. LinkedIn’s user base has surpassed 1 billion registered members, with significant growth in membership witnessed over the years. Microsoft[2] acquired the company in 2016 for $26.2 billion, further boosting its reach and capabilities. Despite facing security[3] challenges and criticism over its handling of misinformation and privacy[4] issues, LinkedIn remains a key player in the business and employment-focused social media[1] space.

Terms definitions
1. social media. Social media is a broad term encompassing a variety of digital tools and platforms that facilitate the sharing of information and the creation of virtual communities. Emerging from early systems like PLATO and ARPANET, it has evolved into modern platforms like Facebook and Twitter. These platforms offer unique features that differentiate them from traditional media, including the ability for users to generate content and engage in dialogic communication. They cater to over 100 million users globally and offer different forms of services, such as messaging apps and collaborative content creation platforms. The use of social media has far-reaching impacts on individuals, society, and businesses, influencing everything from marketing practices to political processes. However, it's also associated with ethical concerns, such as the spread of misinformation and potential addiction.
2. Microsoft ( Microsoft ) Microsoft is a globally recognized technology company, well-known for its software, hardware, and other digital services. Founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, it launched revolutionary products like the Windows operating system, Microsoft 365 suite, and the Xbox gaming consoles. Under the leadership of their current CEO, Satya Nadella, Microsoft broadened its scope to include cloud computing and pursued a policy of active acquisitions, including GitHub and Mojang, to enhance its product offerings. Despite facing criticisms and legal challenges over monopoly behavior and usability issues, Microsoft has maintained a solid financial performance, even achieving a trillion-dollar market cap in 2019. Today, it continues to innovate and expand, holding a significant position in the global tech industry.
LinkedIn (Wikipedia)

LinkedIn (/lɪŋktˈɪn/) is a business and employment-focused social media platform that works through websites and mobile apps. It was launched on May 5, 2003 by Reid Hoffman and Eric Ly. Since December 2016, LinkedIn has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft. The platform is primarily used for professional networking and career development, and allows jobseekers to post their CVs and employers to post jobs. From 2015, most of the company's revenue came from selling access to information about its members to recruiters and sales professionals. LinkedIn has more than 1 billion registered members from over 200 countries and territories.

LinkedIn Corporation
Logo used since September 2021
Headquarters in Sunnyvale, California
Type of businessSubsidiary
Type of site
Professional network service
Available in27 languages
List of languages
  • Arabic
  • Chinese (simplified)
  • Chinese (traditional)
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English (United Kingdom)
  • English (United States)
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Malay
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
FoundedMay 5, 2003; 20 years ago (2003-05-05)
Mountain View, California, U.S.
Area servedWorldwide
CEORyan Roslansky
Key people
RevenueIncrease US$15.15 billion (2023)
Employees18,500 (2024)
SubsidiariesLinkedIn Learning
Users310 million MAU (February 2023)[unreliable source?]
LaunchedMay 5, 2003; 20 years ago (2003-05-05)
Current statusActive

LinkedIn allows members (both workers and employers) to create profiles and connect with each other in an online social network which may represent real-world professional relationships. Members can invite anyone (whether an existing member or not) to become a connection. LinkedIn can also be used to organize offline events, join groups, write articles, publish job postings, post photos and videos, and more.

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