There is a human-resources future out there — one in which online resume databases, social media profiles, records of employment, and even scanned business cards and job applications come together to identify the best prospect in a crowd.
We may be reading quite a few news reports these days about Facebook and Twitter facing a plateau in usage … but LinkedIn’s fortunes continue to be on the upswing (financial losses notwithstanding).
In late April, the social network reported that it now has more than 300 million active members throughout the world, which is up more than 35% since the beginning of the year.
Too, the gender gap in membership is narrowing, albeit more slowly: Today, ~44% of LinkedIn members are women, up from ~39% in 2009.
Even more impressive for a network that has the lofty goal of “creating economic opportunity for every one of the 3.3 billion people in the global workforce,” is the fact that two-thirds of LinkedIn’s active members are located outside the United States.
This is underscored by the top three countries represented in LinkedIn’s membership, which are the U.S. (#1), India…
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