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@Alex - Thank you. I'm glad you found the post helpful.@Howie - Very interesting story about how you started on Twitter. I would love to hear more about that! Also, good point on managing expectations of clients and employers - just because you post it doesn't mean anyone will actually see it -- certainly not ALL of your followers at once.
@Patrick - Thanks for the welcome - I'm not quite back yet, but I'm working on it. I'll land in D-town soon enough :) DMs are great for catching up on a one-to-one level, but I do know people who sort of abuse them, too. It's a tough balance to strike -- while it's great to check in on people you know, it's a bit more disruptive than sending an @reply. I have DMs sent to my cell via SMS, so it can be pretty annoying when someone's sending needless DMs when they could just reply publicly, or send an email if it's a lengthy thought.
@Chris - Great points. The thing I think made Twitter so attractive in the early days was the simplicity. There were hardly any bells and whistles and the platform crashed daily. The maturity of the tools and more sophisticated uses are great for individuals and businesses in a variety of ways. I think this is also what makes it a bit more intimidating for new users. I wrote this post as a means of sorting through my own thoughts so I might empathize better with those who are just starting out.