Thursday, May 01, 2008

Going to JavaOne? Sign up for Twitter.

If you already twitter, feel free to skip to the next section. If you've never heard of Twitter, read on and keep your finger on the pulse of JavaOne.

With Twitter, you can broadcast short status updates to your followers and receive updates from people who you follow. It's like having one big instant messaging conversation with all of your friends.

You can access Twitter via SMS. During JavaOne, you can easily keep tabs on your fellow attendees as well as let them know what you're up to, all from just about any cell phone (standard text messaging rates apply).

For example, if you follow me, and I text "free beer at Guice BoF!" to Twitter, Twitter will forward the message on to your phone.

Note: In addition to following someone, you must also enable "device updates" for that person in order to receive their updates via text and instant message.

If you don't have unlimited text messaging, you can always access Twitter via the web or one of the zillion 3rd party Twitter applications.


The Twitter world utilizes an ad hoc tagging system called hashtags. It's simple. Tag your JavaOne-related messages by appending "#javaone" to them, and I'll be able to see your update even if I'm not following you yet.

Simply text "track javaone" to Twitter in order to receive any message containing the word javaone from anyone on Twitter, or search for "#javaone" on Summize, a real time Twitter search engine.

Follow Me

I plan to twitter throughout JavaOne. In addition to following me, also check out these Java twitterers:

If you'll be twittering from JavaOne and I didn't mention you above, link to your profile from the comments so others can find you.

Finally, please spread the word about this post and twittering at JavaOne in general. The more people who Twitter from JavaOne, the more fun we'll have!


Blogger Eugene Kuleshov said...

Eugene Kuleshov - ASM, m2eclipse, Sonatype, Terracotta

7:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

hey Bob,
I will give it a shot at covering j1 from twitter too

8:04 PM  
Blogger Alex Miller said...

Actually crazybob, I don't think you need to use #hashtags to do tracking. Tracking just does string matching and is independent from hashtags. On stuff I've tracked, I see messages that were not #tagged, just had the word in it.

Here's a post I found on it.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Alex, the hash helps you differentiate a tag from any other mention of "javaone". Unfortunately, Twitter strips off the "#", so you can't track just "#javaone", but the hash still provides a number of benefits. 1) You can still search for just "#javaone" on the hashtags site and summize. 2) Readers can look at the message and know that "#javaone" is a tag and not necessarily part of the message itself.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Guillaume Laforge said...

I'll also be at JavaOne twittering:
Guillaume Laforge
Groovy, Grails

12:03 AM  
Blogger Michael Neale said...

Count me in too:

Michael Neale
Drools Project

2:37 AM  
Blogger Frank Wierzbicki said...

I'll twitter at JavaOne on Jython. #jython

6:17 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the list Bob. You can count me in too

11:03 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I won't make it out this year, first time missing it in years. But you can follow me and I'll twitter from #work.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Andres Almiray said...

You can count me in too with Groovy and Swing

12:49 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Alex, I'll be in the house and Twittering JavaOne from:

- and -


3:30 PM  
Blogger Dan Allen said...

I'll be reporting at JavaOne from the fringe. I have to warn you though that I am a total twitter noob.

Dan Allen - Author of Seam in Action

See ya at the parties!

11:17 AM  
Blogger chris said...

If I would have known you were giving away free beer at the Guice Bof, I would have gone to that instead of the JBoss Speakeasy. Next year demand a better time slot, you've got the clout now!!

Chris Latimer

9:43 AM  

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