Tuesday, June 02, 2009

OraTweet - Micro-blogging with Oracle Application Express

About a year ago, Carl Backstrom was telling me how he was helping another gentleman in Oracle, Noel Portugal from the CRM On Demand team, with a micro-blogging site developed with Oracle Application Express. Carl game me a demonstration of OraTweet, tried to explain Twitter, tweets, and micro-blogging. I just didn't get it, at the time.

Today, micro-blogging appears to be all the rage. Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic basketball team is on Twitter. CNBC's Fast Money television show is on Twitter. I am even on Twitter, but I really don't use it, as you can tell.

Noel's application, OraTweet, has been in use within Oracle for the past year. As Noel states on the oratweet.com site: "Teams around Oracle are finding ways to communicate with their teams while reducing email overload. The results have been amazing. Global team members are connecting and sharing information. Users have started to develop stand alone clients to consume OraTweet’s timeline. We have also integrated the OraTweet timeline to Oracle Connect, our own internal social network. Overall information is flowing faster in a lightweight format."

Noel Portugal has developed an excellent Web site which explains OraTweet, lets you submit feedback, and provides a link to download the entire source code for OraTweet: http://oratweet.com/

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