LinkedIn is a business-related social networking site, mainly used for professional networking. Users must register to use the site (no charge), and are then allowed to maintain a list of contact details of people with whom they have some level of relationship, called Connections. Users can invite anyone (whether a site user or not) to become a connection. A contact network is built up consisting of direct connections, and the connections of each of their connections.
This contact network can then be used in a number of ways. It can be used to find jobs, people, and business opportunities recommended by someone in one’s contact network. Employers can list jobs and search for potential candidates, job seekers can review the profile of hiring managers and find out if they have existing contacts that can introduce them.
As of February 2012, LinkedIn has more than 150 million registered users in more than 200 countries. The site is available in English, and fifteen other languages.
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