Social network for business XING hits 10 million members

XING, the European social network for business professionals, has recently passed the ten million registered user mark (even if it still advertises 9 million members on its main website).

The publicly-listed company says the second quarter of this year proved to be XING’s most successful period of member growth in the last 15 months.

XING, which was founded back in 2003, adds that it also yielded the best operating results in the history of the company in that same quarter.

XING is, perhaps unsurprisingly considering its German roots, particularly hot in German-speaking countries, where 4.2 million of its now 10 million users hail from.

XING’s core international markets, Turkey and Spain, are also experiencing accelerating member growth with the former reaching nearly 1 million users and Spain recently passing the 1.5 million users mark. XING has set up key strategic offices in Barcelona and Istanbul to support its growth in those regions.

The company recently announced that it will launch a major new product initiative this fall, featuring a revamped design along with a host of enhancements to the user navigation and brand new features such as the mobile Handshake.

For the sake of comparison: Europe’s Viadeo claims to have signed up 30 million business professionals to date, while LinkedIn boasts more than 75 million members.