When any site reaches over 100 million members that is amazing. LinkedIn just announced they reached over 100 million members, read more about it here at LinkedIn 100 Million.
I realize there are other sites that have hit this mark. However what I find most interesting is that I consider this to be a niche site. By niche I mean that it has a specific purpose and audience and has potentially limited it’s total audience size because of the niche. I would not compare the member count of Facebook to the member count of LinkedIn. The target audience for Facebook is not limited, it is anyone that has or wants to have friends. LinkedIn is for those working or looking for work, more of a professional niche.
It is for that reason that I am amazed at their member base. Congratulations to them and to me, as I was their 563,149 member – one of the first million. I knew I was special. Here is my note, actually in all honesty it was interesting that they sent these out. No doubt typed personally by the CEO as I doubt this was an automated email, and also I left out the part about how handsome and smart they think I am. I left it out because it is so obvious there is no reason to draw attention to it.
I want to personally thank you because you were one of LinkedIn’s first million members (member number 563149 in fact!*). In any technology adoption lifecycle, there are the early adopters, those who help lead the way. That was you.