Come on Larry Ellison, You Can Do Better Than That

By Sarah Lacy , written on August 13, 2012

From The News Desk

Larry Ellison is hands down one of the most interesting -- and funniest -- people in the tech world. Whether you agree with him or not, no one uses a PR megaphone to eviscerate competitors better.

An example for those who weren't around the PeopleSoft takeover: There was the incident where then PeopleSoft CEO Craig Conway said Oracle trying to buy his company and conceivably shut down the product was like someone threatening to shoot your dog. To which Ellison replied, "I think at one point Craig thought I was going to shoot his dog. I love animals. If Craig and the dog were standing next to each other, trust me, [if] I have one bullet, it wouldn't be for the dog." He later took to calling SAP "sap" in press calls, as if he was just making an honest mistake pronouncing the three letters as one word -- a word that means "a foolish and gullible rube."

Ellison has been disappointingly quiet in the press in recent years, making lives of tech reporters all the more dull. So when Ellison was holding court at AllThingsD earlier this year and announced he was going to start Tweeting on June 6, it was like Christmas was coming early for me and the rest of the tech press corps.

Finally! June 6 came and we got this:

— Larry Ellison (@larryellison) June 6, 2012 Oooooh, shit talking already. I like it. Um, FOLLOW!

....And then nothing.

It occurred to me that I might have just been missing some Ellison gems in my far-too-crowded Twitter stream so I visited his account today and saw this:

That's right. One Tweet, no follows and a sad 29,331 followers. Why even join and make such a big deal of it?

I was expecting more like this:

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 14, 2012 Or this:

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2012 And of course Musk's unforgettable Twitter debut around the holidays:

Considering Musk and Ellison were co-inspirations for Robert Downey, Jr.'s performance in "Iron Man", I would have expected better from Mr. Ellison.