If you've ever happened to find a SQL Server documentation topic that you were looking for and wanted to be able to come back to it later, you very likely have created a Favorite or Bookmark to it. But if you do that very frequently, your list of Favorites will end up growing very large and it may become difficult to find specific items. Did you know that you also have the option to Tag the Books Online topics in the MSDN or TechNet Library? For example, if you frequently use Transact-SQL topics in the Books Online, you can tag them with tsql or t-sql or whatever you like. Then you can easily find them later, without having to create lots of separate Favorites to individual topics.

As more people tag topics, and certain tags grow in popularity, they will be shown more prominently in the Tag Cloud. Currently, the Tag Cloud is shown at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/tags-cloud.aspx, and it is for all of MSDN content. MSDN is working on having separate Tag Cloud lists for individual content sets, so in the future there will be a separate Tag Cloud for just the SQL Server documentation. Also, currently only the SQL Server 2005 Books Online is enabled for tagging. The next release of the SQL Server 2008 Books Online will have this functionality enabled as well.

So in the meantime, tag up the SQL Server documentation to get it more prominent in the all-up MSDN Tag Cloud!

Tai Yee
SQL Server User Education