Not every professional networking site is named LinkedIn. Meet Xing, a platform that has gained immense traction in the German-speaking world, fostering professional connections and opportunities.
Founded in 2003, before LinkedIn’s global dominance, it has maintained a strong foothold in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Catering primarily to the German-speaking demographic, Xing offers similar networking features: user profiles, company pages, job listings, and group discussions. As of 2020, Xing boasted around 19 million members, with over 1 million job offers available on its platform.
Fun Facts !!!
- It was initially named “OpenBC” (Open Business Club) before rebranding in 2006.
- It’s one of the few social networks where users often prefer to pay for a premium account, unlocking extensive networking features.
- The headquarters are located in Hamburg, Germany.
Data Protection Concerns: Like many networking sites, it faced scrutiny over user data protection and storage protocols.
Platform Competition: With LinkedIn’s global expansion, debates ensued about Xing’s ability to maintain its regional dominance.
While tailored to them, it’s open to everyone and has an English interface option.
They’re similar in functionality, but Xing is more region-specific, catering primarily to the DACH region.
Basic functionality is free, but premium features come with a subscription.
If you’re looking to expand networks in the German-speaking market, absolutely.
Yes, but they offer enhanced features for a fee.
Xing underscores the value of regional platforms in a globalized world. While massive networks like LinkedIn command worldwide attention, Xing’s emphasis on localized content and connections demonstrates the enduring importance of regional specificity in the digital realm. It’s a testament to the fact that the global internet has room for diverse platforms catering to distinct user bases.