Sir Richard Branson has become the first person on LinkedIn to get 1 million followers as one of the social network's "thought leaders."
The English entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Group reached the feat Friday morning. He currently has nearly twice as many followers as President Obama, the second most followed person on LinkedIn with more than 506,000 followers.
The accomplishment is noteworthy for Branson but even more important for LinkedIn.
The social network introduced its "LinkedIn Influencer" feature -- which lets certain individuals have followers without having to add people as "connections" -- last month. Having one of its "influencers" reach a million followers gives LinkedIn more credibility, considering that many of its rivals -- Facebook, Twitter and Google+ included -- already had ways for famous people to have followers without having to become friends with strangers.
But unlike with its rivals, LinkedIn users have to apply to become Thought Leaders, and in the application, you have to specify what types of things you'd be writing about if you were recognized as an influencer. As a result, many of LinkedIn's thought leaders are CEOs and politicians.