Hashtags to get answers #AzureChat and #SqlHelp

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I’ve been using Twitter for some time. While I don’t normally take part in all the conversations, I do know how to get help from colleagues in the community. Hashtags have been around for several years and are now used in most main stream social networks. Hashtags are mainly used for joining people with similar interest. Hashtags do get overly used for a lot of pointless reasons as well. If you don’t believe me take a look at Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake take on Hashtags (may not be suitable for all working environments). Most Twitter clients allow you to search for hashtags and have a separate feed/column within your client.hashtag
Recently the Windows Azure team started using #AzureChat to allow people to ask questions and get answers either from them or experts in the community. #AzureChat is a recent addition on Twitter for this Q&A approach. I would like to mention another that has been around for a while #SqlHelp. A lot of the experts in the SQL Server community that speak at SQL Saturday’s and the PASS Summit all watch #SqlHelp.  This has proven to be one of the fastest ways to get answers, in my opinion.
If you uses twitter and have questions related to Windows Azure use #AzureChat. If you have questions related to SQL Server use #SqlHelp. If you know of other hashtags similar to #AzureChat and #SqlHelp, please let us know in the comments. If you need a Windows Azure subscription, here is the link for a free trial.

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Ryan Duclos is a Lead Technical Consultant and CSM for Perficient, Inc. (PRFT), where he is passionate about Microsoft development utilizing the .Net Framework, SQL Server, and Microsoft Azure technologies. Ryan was a 2014 Microsoft MVP for Microsoft Azure. He lives and works in LA (Lower Alabama!) and loves spending time with his family, as well as being a Community Influencer for Microsoft. Ryan also a passion for Disc Golf and CrossFit! Ryan is a board member for the Lower Alabama .NET User Group and is also involved with the Pensacola SQL Server User Group, as well as other technical communities in his region. In addition, Ryan is a frequent speaker at numerous Code Camps, SQL Saturday & User Group events.

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