I think it’s safe to say that the Twitter hashtag #SQLHELP has been an unqualified success.

Why do our SQL Server friends have such a vibrant community on Twitter while us Oracle folks seem to be a bit resistant to all of this Web2.0 stuff? That’s largely a rhetorical question, although my gut tells me it’s a generation/age gap issue…

Anyway, I’m making it my personal mission to bring a similar construct to the Oracle camp on Twitter. Here’s my plan:

  • Promote the #OracleHelp hashtag to all of my followers
  • Search for Oracle tweets and answer with the hashtag
  • Encourage Twitter as a legitimate medium for getting help with Oracle

Are you ready to join the cause?

PS My Twitter handle may be ‘hillbillyToad’ with a capital ‘T’, but my intent here to leverage the Oracle knowledge on-line and not sell Toad. Plus we can help those that poor Tom Kyte doesn’t have time to get to.

PPS Where in the world is Tom Kyte on Twitter?

PPPS New to Twitter? Check out my counterpart in the SQL world at Quest’s post on helping DB folks on Twitter.


I'm a Distinguished Product Manager at Oracle. My mission is to help you and your company be more efficient with our database tools.


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  2. Daniel Wittry Reply

    Hey! I resemble that remark. Guilty of Oracle, right on regarding the age bracket, and admittedly ignorant of SQL Server.

    Really, I’m thinking as the number of years in the industry increases, the likelihood of “seeing the light” (converting to Oracle) increases.

  3. Robert, I was accusing you of being young! πŸ™‚

    I don’t know if my theory holds any water, but it does seem more than a simple correlation that the avg SQL Server IT person is maybe 25-35 and the Oracle one is 35-45. Those numbers are just my personal observations, would make for a great poll though!

  4. Age gap? Are you accusing me of not being old? Wait, that would be a good thing to be called young at my age. Never mind!! You may proceed sir.

    Good luck with #OracleHelp!!

    P.S. Don’t hate me because I work at MSFT … there are so many other reasons to hate me. πŸ™‚

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