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SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS: 'Facebook' for IT professionals reaches 1 million members

Spiceworks, the online professional community has grown to more then one million IT professional members in 196 countries.

Spiceworks' free ad-supported IT management software and community gives vendors access to research, social media, ads and apps in the aim of increasing sales of technology products and services.

"More than 20 per cent of the world's IT pros at small and medium businesses - including law firms, schools, manufacturers, MSPs and more - depend on our free network management software and online community for everything IT," said Scott Abel, CEO of Spiceworks. "Thanks to the support and dedication of our user community, we're not only changing how they manage their technology, but also how technology vendors find, connect and market to the hard-to-reach SMB buyer."

The one million IT professionals using Spiceworks currently support 34 million workers, manage 56 million computers and devices, and spend $173 billion annually on technology products and services. This purchasing power represents more than 10 per cent of the global market for IT products and services and is increasing by more than $1.5 billion every week.

The community of Spiceworks users has reviewed more than 20,000 IT products and services and generated more than 330,000 contributions to more than 300 technology, industry and regional discussion groups. Over 200 advertisers, including Microsoft, Rackspace, Symantec and Dell, use Spiceworks to research, engage, market and sell their products and services in the SMB market.

Spiceworks says is enabling ‘Social IT' by combining network management, network monitoring and help desk software with a rapidly growing and active Facebook-like community of IT professionals.