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July 4, 2013


Filed under: Non-technical — Jonathan Lewis @ 6:04 am GMT Jul 4,2013

I don’t know why I ever agree to go anywhere near Doug Burns – he usually manages to persuade me into doing things I don’t want to. This time (at a meeting of the London Oracle Beer group) he’s persuaded me that I really should join twitter. So I have (jloracle) – and found that I was being followed by four people before I even created an account, and was advised that I’d really, really, like to follow:

  • Jack Rivera
  • Justin Bieber
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Katy Perry
  • Gwen Shapira

I had no idea who Jack Rivera might be, though I did recognise the next three names from those annoying ads that seem to appear on all sorts of news feeds. The one that baffled me was Gwen Shapira – by what mechanism did twitter manage to connect my name/tag/email address with someone relevant ?

Anyway, thanks, Doug – now I have to start thinking of something intelligent, perceptive or witty in 140 characters or less.


(I just got the Jennifer Lopez link –  JLOracle = J-Lo !)





  1. Wow! That’s a great news and I must say a big thanks to Doug Burns! Now, since you and Tom Kyte both are on Twitter, it’s finally a complete place to be! I have “tweeted” already the news :-) .


    Comment by Aman.... — July 4, 2013 @ 6:42 am GMT Jul 4,2013 | Reply

  2. I had hoped you’d wait for @Boneist advice on how to use Twitter! Otherwise we’ll probably lose you again in a day or two …


    Comment by oracledoug — July 4, 2013 @ 8:00 am GMT Jul 4,2013 | Reply

  3. […] Jonathan Lewis : Tweet […]

    Pingback by Jonathan Lewis : Tweet | Database Scene — July 4, 2013 @ 8:21 am GMT Jul 4,2013 | Reply

  4. Congratulations :)

    Comment by Osama mustafa — July 4, 2013 @ 9:00 am GMT Jul 4,2013 | Reply

  5. This news vastly cheered up my commute this morning! Doug is clearly more persuasive than I thought *{;-)

    Comment by Boneist — July 4, 2013 @ 9:08 am GMT Jul 4,2013 | Reply

  6. Brevity is the soul of wit. I think you’ll do fine. Welcome to the time sink to end all time sinks!

    Comment by Oracle Alchemist — July 4, 2013 @ 10:55 am GMT Jul 4,2013 | Reply

  7. SHHH! Don’t tell him that! ;-) (Jonathan, just don’t follow anyone. That’ll save you time …)

    Comment by oracledoug — July 4, 2013 @ 10:57 am GMT Jul 4,2013 | Reply

  8. I think it was your email address that was used to “find someone relevant”. Twitter occasionally suggests uploading email lists to find new connections, I probably did it in the past, and since we are active on similar mailing lists, your address was probably on a list I uploaded and could be matched.

    I’m just surprised Alex Gorbachev, James Morle and Greg Rahn didn’t show up in your recommendations. Looks like a twitter bug :)

    Comment by Gwen Shapira — July 4, 2013 @ 3:39 pm GMT Jul 4,2013 | Reply

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