I received some awesome responses from I Am Here To Help™! One of them was an email from Josh Breinlinger, founder of QwikTalk.com. Josh and I spoke on the phone later that day to discuss using QwikTalk’s platform to provide free support to folks with SQL Server-related questions.
It’s Like #SQLHelp on the Phone!
QwikTalk connects people with questions to people with answers. Here’s how it works (my version, anyway – see the link for Josh’s version):
- You have a question about SQL Server.
- You remember reading a blog post (this one!) about getting SQL Server help on the phone, find it, and connect to QwikTalk.com.
- You select “SQL” from the Categories list:
- When you arrive at the SQL Help – Free Phone Consultations page, you type your question and click the Ask a Question button:
- (Some magic happens)
- You phone rings a few minutes later, connecting you with someone who answers your question.
How cool is that?
And it’s free!
The magic actually starts when willing people sign up to be experts. I did this and the process is very smooth. I entered my information, including my cell number. I got a text from the QwikTalk number requesting a reply. I replied. I was in the system. I got another text with instructions on how to set my availability On and Off. Josh and I tested it.
Think of it as a live forum. Experienced SQL Server DBAs and developers with some time can set their Availability to On, help out some folks SQL Server questions, and then set their Availability to Off when they have something else to do.
It. just. rocks.
“What Does QwikTalk and SQLPeople Get Out Of This, Andy?”
Excellent question – I’m glad you asked! We get the best thing ever: we get to help. We get to see the SQL Server Community – already vibrant on social media – become even more connected.
Did I mention the cost? It’s free! Check out the QwikTalk SQL page today!