[Plus] readers choice 2012 : It’s time to vote!

Oh yes, 2012 was an incredible year for the MySQL Community!
That’s why I would like to change the rules this year and I would like to offer you a new survey for this [Plus] reader’s choice 2012.

Community users, bloggers and events made the whole community last year, tell us how you used this community?
It will only take 5 minutes of your precious time, votes will be closed Jan. 31.

Vote for what you used! (with your heart, again…)

What was your most useful blogs in 2012? (Two possible answers)

  • MySQL Performance Blog (Percona Team) (57%, 73 Votes)
  • The MariaDB Blog (MariaDB Team) (17%, 22 Votes)
  • SkySQL Blog (SkySQL Team) (13%, 17 Votes)
  • Xaprb Blog (Baron Schwartz) (9%, 12 Votes)
  • The Data Charmer (Giuseppe Maxia) (9%, 11 Votes)
  • Openark Blog (Shlomi Noach) (6%, 7 Votes)
  • The Scale Out Blog (Robert Hodges) (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Domas Mituzas's blog (5%, 6 Votes)
  • OpenLife.cc (Henrik Ingo) (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Pythian Blog (Pythian Team) (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Yoshinori Matsunobu's blog (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Dba Square (Maciej Dobrzanski & Piotr Biel) (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Johan Andersson's Cluster and HA Blog (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Chris on MySQL (Chris Calender) (3%, 4 Votes)
  • MySQL[Plus] (Cédric Peintre) (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Ulf Wendel's blog (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Hack MySQL (Daniel Nichter) (2%, 3 Votes)
  • MySQL Optimizer Team Blog (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Oracle's MySQL Blog (Oracle Team) (2%, 3 Votes)
  • MySQL Documents by Rick James (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Sergey Petrunia's blog (2%, 2 Votes)
  • LinuxJedi's /dev/null (Andrew Hutchings) (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Sheeri Dot Com (Sheeri K. Cabral) (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Karlsson on databases and stuff (Anders Karlsson) (2%, 2 Votes)
  • MySQL Fanboy (Mark Grennan) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • varokism (Stéphane Varoqui) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • MySQL Expert (Ronald Bradford) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Roland Bouman's blog (1%, 1 Votes)
  • mySQL DBA (Dathan Pattishall) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Mastering MySQL (Mark Leith) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • sqlhjalp (Keith Larson) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • mysqlboy (Andrew Moore) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Andrew Morgan’s MySQL Cluster Database Blog (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Webyog blog (Webyog Team) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Racker Hacker (Major Hayden) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Todd's MySQL Blog (Todd Farmer) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 127

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What was your most useful forum in 2012? (or exchange platform)

  • stackoverflow.com (41%, 38 Votes)
  • Twitter (18%, 17 Votes)
  • forums.mysql.com (13%, 12 Votes)
  • dba.stackexchange.com (10%, 9 Votes)
  • Facebook (10%, 9 Votes)
  • LinkedIn Groups (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Yahoo Answers (1%, 1 Votes)
  • dbforums.com/mysql (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Viadeo Groups (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 92

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What was the best MySQL event in 2012?

  • MySQL Conference & Expo (37%, 33 Votes)
  • Percona Live London (30%, 27 Votes)
  • FOSDEM (10%, 9 Votes)
  • Percona Live New York (8%, 7 Votes)
  • MySQL Connect (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Percona Live DC (3%, 3 Votes)
  • MySQL/NoSQL/Cloud Latin America conference (3%, 3 Votes)
  • OSCON (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 89

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What would you like to test in 2013? (Two possible answers)

  • Galera Replication (Percona Cluster or MaraDB Cluster) (49%, 60 Votes)
  • MySQL 5.6 (45%, 55 Votes)
  • MariaDB 10 (35%, 43 Votes)
  • Tungsten Replicator (13%, 16 Votes)
  • MySQL 5.5 (Oracle, Percona or MariaDB) (11%, 14 Votes)
  • NoSQL/NewSQL databases (8%, 10 Votes)
  • iPhone 6 (3%, 4 Votes)
  • NDB Cluster (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Other (Leave a comment) (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 123

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Have fun in 2013!

How I use twitter to follow the MySQL Community

Here is a perfect post to read during your holidays :-)
There are many ways to get news on the internet : blogs, rss feeds, facebook, linkedin, twitter…
What I want to talk about here is how I use twitter to follow the MySQL Community and how I stay up to date of the latest news.
I use twitter only for focus on the MySQL news and the MySQL community, that’s why I would like to share this experience with you.

Step 1 : Choose your friends

Q: What is the most complicated with Twitter ?
A: Read all the tweets that we receive every day

Of course it can be complicated and that takes a long long time…
That’s why you must choose who is your best friends carefully.

Except for the MySQL rock stars, I advise you to use TweetStats before to blindly follow anyone who tweeted a dark grigri about MySQL.
It’s very simple, just enter the username of the woman, man, firm or product you want to follow on the home page of Tweestats and let the magic gone.
This tool let you know exactly how many tweets a user published by month (or day).

I recommend to follow only the people who don’t publish more than 100 tweets per month (or 4 tweets per day).
Yes, only 4 tweets per day, if you have 100 friends, this means you have to read 400 tweets per day. Are you really able to read all of them ?!
And don’t forget that behind the Tweet there is often a link…

Step 2 :  Lists, Search and tools

Lists are one of the most interesting Twitter feature and I’m sure many of you don’t use them.
Lists are useful in many cases, take a look at this two examples  :

  • You use Twitter to track different types of information (Family and Friends, Sports, MySQL, Geek news…)
  • The people you follow are cosmopolitan and speak different languages
So, how to stay focused on the MySQL news across this jungle ?
I use TweetDeck to read through the lists, one list for the UK/US twittos, another one for the French twittos and a special column for my favorites.



Another really awesome feature of TweetDeck is the research in live streaming, perfect for tracking a live events.
For example, I’m currently using 4 search columns : “MySQL OR Percona OR MariaDB“, “#perconalive“, “MySQL AND slides”  and “#OSCON


Step 3 : The best way to tweet


If you want that your tweets are broadcast in a perfect fluidity, you need to use a Buffer.
This tool helps you to schedule your tweets, on twitter and linkedIn (very useful now that twitter no longer speak to linkedIn)


Q: Why I really need to use Bufferapp ?
A: Because your followers don’t want to receive all your tweets in the same time ;-)


And this tool will also let you know if your tweets are read, this is why you write them, isn’t it ?


Step 4 : One more thing (or two)


I like to backup my own tweets because these tweets are often some links to articles that I like.
My other vice is to receive my favorite tweets via email.
To do that, I put the internet to work for me with ifttt.

These two rules send my own tweets in my Evernote and send me an email for each favorite tweet, automatically !
Really awesome when I wish to find an old tweet in my Evernote or when I press the “favorite” button in TweetBot.


If you want to follow me, I always tweet about MySQL !