LinkedIn is an online network of more than 30 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries.

When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you.

Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and the people they know, linking you to thousands of qualified professionals.

Through your network you can:

* Find potential clients, service providers, subject experts, and partners who come recommended
* Be found for business opportunities
* Search for great jobs
* Discover inside connections that can help you land jobs and close deals
* Post and distribute job listings
* Find high-quality passive candidates
* Get introduced to other professionals through the people you know

LinkedIn is free to join. We also offer paid accounts that give you more tools for finding and reaching the right people, whether or not they are in your network.

Timeline of Events

LinkedIn Search: Finding that former colleague of yours just got easier

  • October 27, 2008
  • I’d like to announce today the launch of our new search platform, currently released to a small percentage of our LinkedIn users. 1. Unified search results 2. More powerful relevance algorithm 3. Redesigned search results page 4. In Common 5. Saved Searches 6. Views 7. Spell check 8. Type-ahead for connections

Announcing Applications on LinkedIn

  • October 28, 2008
  • This initial roll out features productivity applications that range from gathering information that professionals around you are generating to enhancing your abilities to collaborate and communicate more effectively. You’ll be able to work much more closely with your contacts on LinkedIn with tools such as file sharing, project management, business trips and many more.

LinkedIn Events Bring Conference Networking Online

  • November 7, 2008
  • LinkedIn has launched a new events feature, letting you know about upcoming conferences and other functions in your industry. Smartly, LinkedIn Events pulls information from sites like Eventbrite and then builds features around it as opposed to re-creating the wheel by asking users to build a new event database from scratch.

Company profiles are now public

  • November 18, 2008
  • Starting this Thursday, we’ve made portions of our company profiles accessible to search engines–this way, when you search for ‘Houston medical device companies’ or ‘Open Geophysical’, you’ll now find information at your fingertips with LinkedIn company profiles in your search results.

Now your LinkedIn profile speaks Español, Français, & 41 more languages

  • November 19, 2008
  • Today we rolled out the ability to translate your existing LinkedIn profile into any of 41 languages. Once translated, your original profile remains unchanged, but members that prefer to use or search LinkedIn in a different language will see the translated version instead. So if you create a Spanish profile via the steps below, LinkedIn members using the site in Spanish will see your Spanish profile instead of your English one.

Announcing LinkedIn’s New Search Platform

  • November 24, 2008
  • LinkedIn’s new search platform was fully released to over 31 million LinkedIn users. The new search platform at LinkedIn is redefining the way professionals go about finding talent, business partners, customers or a former colleague.
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