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LinkedIn Hits 100 Million, Still Chasing Twitter, Facebook

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    Social-networking site LinkedIn is doing what it can to drum up excitement ahead of going public.

    The Mountain View-based company just announced that it has reached 100 million users as of this month.

    The announcement comes on the heals of LinkedIn unveiling a new feature that surfaces that top trending headlines on its social network for professionals.

    In January, LinkedIn filed an S-1 filing with the SEC, indicating its intentions to go public.

    Two months later, and a day after Twitter's fifth birthday, the company's CEO Jeff Weiner announced that LinkedIn had broken the 100 million user mark.

    LinkedIn is still well behind Facebook and Twitter when it comes to users despite being older than both Bay Area social-networking sites.

    While a comparison in the number of users will never work out in LinkedIn's favor because of the professional nature of the social-networking site, a comparison is still interesting since it will most likely be the first of the major Bay Area social-networking sites to go public.

    For the record Twitter has 200 million users, while more than 600 million use Facebook as of last January.

    Still the last year has been good for LinkedIn's growth. In March 2010, the company announced it had about 60 million users.