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Battle of the social networks: Who has a bigger slice of the online pie?

Published on Apr 19, 2014 1:00 PM

The business-focused social network, LinkedIn, announced on Friday it has 300 million members. Launched in 2003, the site allows members to create professional circles that help their career path, and employers and recruiters to locate people with needed skills. How does this social network size up with the others?

Facebook - 1.31 billion users

Facebook is the world's largest social network. It was founded in 2004 by Harvard students Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. At first, the site was limited to Harvard students, but it was later expanded it to other universities, and eventually to anyone aged 13 and over. A recent Princeton study, however, called Facebook the "new Myspace" because teens are no longer using it. It predicts Facebook will lose 80 per cent of its users by 2017.

Twitter - 230 million users

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